It’s Christmas afternoon, 2012. Luke, chapter two, has been read as a way to remember Jesus’ birth. All of the gifts have been opened under the tree. Christmas lunch has already been enjoyed. Now what? Well, many people will load up and go to the movies. And of all movies opening on a day we commemorate Jesus’ birth is – Django Unchained.
The movie, rated R, is packed with racism, violence, murder, vengeance, and blood. In the movie poster, the three lead actors are pictured in front of a blood-splattered backdrop, two of which are holding guns. The lead actor in the movie is Jamie Foxx. In the movie trailer, one of his lines is, “You kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s not to like?” I feel that this movie has a serious potential to stir up racial hatred, inspire more murderers, and leave a negative impact on many. Jamie Foxx needs salvation; but as it is, he is not a positive role model. Earlier this year at the BET Soul Train Awards, Foxx said to the audience, “…It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama.”
I fully expect non-Christian people to pay money and watch this movie. Sadly, we will also see many who call themselves “Christians” pay money and watch this movie right alongside sinners. If this type of movie appeals to you and you are a Christian – I sorrowfully must ask… have you truly been born again? Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church once said, “A movie is a sermon with pictures.” What are you filling your mind with? Why are you filling your mind with racism, violence, murder, and blood. The very ones who deeply mourned the innocent children and adults being killed at the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month will pay money to watch murder and blood on the big screen?! I don’t understand – I mean, I truly don’t understand.
It isn’t just the movie Django Unchained, but most movies produced in this day and age are full of evil – pure evil. Yet, Christians sit idly by and purchase tickets for such things. Many argue, “Well, it’s JUST a movie and it won’t affect me. I won’t be deceived.” My friend, if you are watching and subjecting yourself to such evil, you are thoroughly deceived already. No one ever falls purposely, neither is anyone deceived purposely. That is what deception is – a sly lie that is fed to you. Scripture says, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1st Peter 1:14-15). Would Jesus endorse your choice of entertainment?
If we are truly born again, we are to love the Lord and HATE evil (Psalm 97:10). We are also supposed to be different from the world. Romans 12:2 very plainly states: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” God does not instruct us with unattainable ideals – He equips us and helps us to live a life pleasing to Him. “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this (the 2nd coming of Christ), make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (2nd Peter 3:14).
I pray that you will accept this warning, given in love. I pray that you will examine your life as I must examine my life, also. What drives people toward evil? How can people find peace with evil plots? What are people filling their minds with, and why? Take some time to consider these things. We must make sure we are right with God and living a holy life which is acceptable in His eyes. We cannot ignore the Word of God and expect no consequences. The disregard of God’s Word will lead many to certain failure. A wise pastor, Carter Conlon of Times Square Church, once said: “When foolishness becomes entertainment, watch out.” He said it will bring a dullness into your spirit; and it will.
“According to the reformers, most of the movies have unsound effects” ~Olin Miller
“The direction you’re looking in – that is what you are going to become; that’s where your heart is, that’s where your mind will be, that’s where your spirit will be, and that’s where your strength has gone- into these places of foolishness…” ~Pastor Carter Conlon
“If Satan have half, he will have all; if the Lord have but half, he will have none.” ~Matthew Henry
“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
“Wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it, and right is right even if nobody is doing it.” ~St. Augustine
“True Christianity follows a man home.” ~ Pastor Tim Conway
Proverbs 14:15-16: “Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.”
Ephesians 5:10-11: “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
Proverbs 10:17: “People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.”
Uncaged Sin: http://youtu.be/QDOTO9Jcie8
A Foolish Time Demands an Answer: http://youtu.be/HMxtFkYKQe4
Prayer For a Desperate Hour: http://youtu.be/Q-L-Cz2bgqA