How Far is Too Far {Movie Edition}


It’s not that bad. All my Christian friends have watched it. I don’t think I’m going too far watching this movie.

How far is too far when it comes to movie content?

I’m perhaps notorious for my shunning of certain movies/TV shows. No Beauty and the Beast {2017}, no Moana, no Frozen II, no Harry Potter, no Once Upon a Time, no Merlin, and definitely no Game of Thrones.

Maybe you think I’m silly for bringing up concerns about a movie … especially a kid’s movie. But I believe what we watch (read, listen to, etc.) teaches us and shapes us. Our entertainment is teaching our children something. It’s teaching us something!

It is shaping our doctrine. Our worldview.

So is your entertainment feeding you pagan doctrine, witchcraft, sexual immorality, filthy language, dirty humor, and godless worlds? Worlds where there is no God. But the Ocean is the ancient power. Or the wind and water and fire are spirits who control our fates, and a pretty girl (who our daughters idolize) wields the strongest power of all?

These movies teach our children to find the power within themselves. To find the strength inside. To believe in human or earth or themselves … but certainly not God. It teaches them to follow their heart at any cost, and that surely the most important thing of all is to be true to yourself.

Do you think that maybe this is setting up children for failure? When hard times come, maybe their first instinct won’t be to turn to God, but to seek the answers within, or to look for a impressive-looking human to follow.

Maybe years of watching these movies will affect your daughter and it’ll seem more natural to follow her heart than to follow Jesus. I love my boyfriend so much! How could it be wrong to do this? It makes sense to move in with him. Maybe saving sex for marriage isn’t as important as mom and dad think. I’m not ready for the commitment of marriage yet. Maybe the Bible’s ideas on sexual relationships are outdated…Because this feels so right!

I’m not saying you should be filled with terror and certainty that your child will become a witch if they open up a Harry Potter book or a heathen if they set eyes on Frozen II. That’s a little extreme. But perhaps it’s the subtle messages that affect us much more than black magic blaring across our screens. The messages of “follow your heart”, “you are your own authority”, “you have the power within”.

Many people are trying to mix Christianity with New Age beliefs these days. But the truth is, they don’t mix. There is no room for any other power but that of Jesus Christ.

Because God is I AM. He is the One High Power in the universe. There are no other gods before Him. He made the ocean, the wind, fire, earth, and all the elements. He made human beings and angelic beings … We can boast of no power of our own.

I’m sure people think I’m being paranoid and nit-picky. That I’m odd and overly-sensitive. Or self-righteous. Or ultra religious.

But I feel strongly about this. No, I’m not sitting here condemning you when you tell me you watched Beauty and the Beast {2017} or that you’re bringing your kids to watch Frozen II. I’m not out there telling people these are evil movies, or living in fear that God is going to strike me down if I watch the wrong movie. Or that my little siblings are going to become heathens if they watch Frozen II. (Some of my siblings have watched Frozen II and some of my relatives have watched Beauty and the Beast. …And I’ve simply chosen to watch neither.)

This is me. I felt convicted that I didn’t need to watch these movies. They wouldn’t benefit me any. I felt a hesitation in my spirit when I read about some of the content. This is me striving to walk with the Lord.

I’m not going to shove my convictions down your throat. But I do believe that entertainment/movies are an area that many Christians can be blinded in. Am I condemning you? Being “holier than thou”? I don’t think so. I know I’ve been super blinded about things before. I know I still am in different things – and will be in the future about other things – and I need people to call me out. So help me! And let me try to help you.

I don’t think it’s wrong for Christians (brothers and sisters in the Lord) to warn each other. To call each other out. Even to rebuke each other. In love.

I will say it again: I think Christians have a serious blind-spot when it comes to entertainment.

That’s why we watch evil portrayed as good. Satanic horror movies. Rape scenes. Graphic sex scenes (pornography in movie form). Witchcraft. Dirty humor. Paganism.

We think nothing of it. Because we’re free, right? And it’s just a movie. Not a big deal.

But what if it is a big deal? What if these dark, sex-saturated TV shows, and films centered on sorcery, and pagan-themed kid’s movies are the weight that so easily entangles us? Turns our focus from God? Blinds us to the spiritual world and makes us forget that we are at war?

The Word says to be alert.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

Ephesians 6:10-13

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

But I think movies and other forms of entertainment easily numb us. They’re a distraction. Which is why I believe we, as Christians, should use practical caution and wisdom when deciding what to watch. Is it distracting us from God? Is it making light of the power and authority He wields? Is it mocking that which God labels sacred? Is it directly against the Word of God?

This isn’t about your status as a child of God. We know it’s Christ’s blood alone that saves us and brings us into favor with God.

This is about the closeness of your walk with God. This is about keeping your heart softened to the nudging of the Holy Spirit. This is about the people you’re raising or leading or mentoring. You’re an example to them.

And kids are like sponges. They soak this stuff up. We do, too, whether we realize it or not! Again, whatever we feed ourselves the most is what shapes us.

Perhaps bad movies, like bad company, corrupt good character. Corrupt strong faith. Upright morals. Spiritual maturity. Integrity. Passion for Christ, and His ways, and His kingdom.

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of GodI speak this to your shame.

We shouldn’t fool ourselves and expect to be strong, godly, passionate Christ-followers if we’re feeding ourselves worldly, careless, godless, sensual, rebellious, pagan, filthy, unbiblical, confusing content on a daily basis.

The Bible says that what you reap, you will sow. What goes into our hearts will come out in our actions. We don’t magically become spiritually mature by putting our faith in Jesus. Paul says in the Word that we need to exercise our spiritual muscles! Be in the Word; not just reading it, but studying it! Soaking it up. Memorizing it.

Galatians 6:7-10

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reapFor he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting lifeAnd let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection,

1 Timothy 4:6-11

If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followedBut reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godlinessFor bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.

We need to be praying. Bringing everything before God. Praying about our future, our needs, our friends, our hopes, our enemies, our ideas, and about the entertainment we consume. And about what needs to change. Search my heart, O God, and see if there is any offensive way in me!

Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

We should be looking for godly content. Movies are not necessary for life – but they are fun. So look for movies with a Christian theme! Clean movies that don’t promote things contrary to God.

I know when I was watching movies with filthy language, overmuch sensuality, or paganistic magic themes, I felt a heaviness in my chest. I felt like they were a weight entangling my steps – hindering my walk with God. Why? Because I knew these movies had bits in them that were contrary to the Word of God. They spoke darkness to my mind and heart. Or even mocked my God. My God! Is He not my everything? If Christ is the treasure of my heart, why am I feeding my eyes on things that are not of Him?

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares usand let us run with endurance the race that is set before uslooking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It was my lust to be entertained. To be thrilled. To fill the emptiness or numb the anxiety.

So maybe you think that Beauty and the Beast {2017} or Frozen II are perfectly okay. Alright. You have to make your own choices. You are not answerable to me. Believe me, I am not looking down on you, or condemning you, or thinking I’m better than you, or anything like that. But I am urging you to seek God on this matter of entertainment.

Our God is so holy and mighty and awesome. He alone should be adored. He should only ever be exalted.

I do think there is some fault in exalting a fake character in a movie; giving them unlimited power or god-like qualities. This is why I don’t like Moana (ocean is an ancient power, earth is a goddess, grandma is reincarnated, plus there’s a sickeningly arrogant demi-god character, etc.), Frozen II (spirits, charms, putting faith in characters, such as Elsa, who have god-like powers), Mulan (praying to dead ancestors and other pagan religious stuff), etc.

And then we have Tangled, which, you have to admit, has a strong theme of rebelling against parents. It’s the classic story of naive girl falling for the bad boy. Yet in this story, it all turns out fairy tale perfect. Mother, who warns against the rebellious but charming man turns out to be a wicked witch. And charming man, who has been a self-serving jerk for most of the movie, heroically sacrifices his life for girl in the end. Hmm. It could be that it’s not the best movie to show your little girls.

Of course there’s Beauty and the Beast {2017}, which features a man swooning over and pining after another man. Maybe it’s a small part of the movie, but it frustrates me that this immoral content is being shoved down our throats … saturating almost every TV show out there and now being added to even classic fairy tales and kid’s movies! I feel like we should take a stand against ungodliness, and guard our hearts and minds against getting calloused to sin or making compromises.

It seems like fairy tale movies used to be largely about falling in love, making friends, and triumphing over evil. Now there always appears to be immoral agendas sneaked into seemingly harmless kid’s movies and princess stories.

The fact is, we as Christians need to be extra vigilant these days when choosing a movie to watch. Does it feel hard sometimes? Yes. But really, friends, it shouldn’t be that hard to give up a movie. Just let go. Be free from entertainment obsession. Free.

My siblings and I have enjoyed the How to Train Your Dragon series. Now, I know it’s about Vikings (of sorts) and there are some pagan religion references. But I would say that the story is mainly focused on dragons, friends, and adventures. There’s a brief mention of Thor every once in awhile. But there do not seem to be any underlying pagan themes or secular agendas. So, thus far, I have felt like the movies and shows involved with How to Train Your Dragon are an okay choice for a fun movie night every now and then. Big Hero 6 is another of the few animated movies I really liked.

We watched the live-action Aladdin, which I think was an okay, and super fun, movie. And also, live-action Cinderella (so glamorous!), while we’re talking about Disney.

There are faith-based movies that are so great to watch, such as October Baby, Grace Card, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, Woodlawn, Unplanned, Indivisible, Beyond the Mask, God’s Not Dead, Princess Cut, I Can Only Imagine, Amazing Grace, Mom’s Night Out, Like Arrows, and The Case for Christ. I have really liked most of the Kendrick Brother Films; some of their best being War Room, Courageous, Overcomer, and Fireproof.

There are movies based on Christian allegories, such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader!

There are fun, clean, girly movies like Little Women, Love’s Enduring Promise, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, The Magic of Ordinary Days, Sense and Sensibility, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, The Sound of Music, Belle, Little Women, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and Holiday Inn.

There are movies that simply tell an intriguing story of people, politics, and art, such as Desert Dancer.


I do enjoy watching movies. I love a good story. Superb acting. Emotional drama. A quality film that is pleasing to the eye. I don’t want to be legalistic. But neither do I want to be enslaved – so desperate to watch a movie that I’m making all sorts of “little” compromises.

Don’t say: How far can I go?

But rather: How can I honor God through my entertainment choices?

As I conclude this post, I wonder what people will think of me when they read it. The truth is, I don’t like to be looked at as odd. I don’t like being different. I really want to fit in, most days. I don’t like confronting or causing awkwardness and discomfort. I’d rather just be liked and belong.

However, Jesus Christ does tell us that the world will hate us. He says to be in the world, but not of it. To not be conformed to this world. I’m not going to fit in with the world. I’m going to disagree with fellow Christians sometimes, too – though we’re called to strive for unity and love!

John 17:14-19

14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Despite my desire to fit in, I need to stick to what I think God is calling me to do as I study His Word, pray, and seek Him! And you need to hold to your convictions. And none of us should ever deem ourselves done growing. Or having reached the desired maturity as a Christian. We all need to be seeking Jesus Christ and striving to follow Him more whole-heartedly until our dying day.

Go forth in grace, dear readers! ❤

Philippians 3:12-14

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


13 thoughts on “How Far is Too Far {Movie Edition}

  1. For me, the line doesn’t stop quite right there. For me, the line ends with what is unacceptable for me to watch

    For instance, Moana; I still watched it, and I’ll admit, I enjoyed the humor of it, too. But for me at least, I didn’t watch it for the message. I watched it to understand how the world thinks, and therefore know how to prepare for the world. That’s why I love Disney so much; sometimes they make Christian-related content, but when they don’t, they usually keep it enjoyable for kids, meaning it’s a reliable source of PG content, and it’s always got some way for me to learn in some ways (though, again, usually it teaches me how the world thinks, and therefore how to prepare for the world)


    • I guess my point in this post was to not ask “what is totally unacceptable for me to watch?”, but rather, “what is actually beneficial for me to watch? How can I truly HONOR GOD with my entertainment choices?”

      I don’t think it’s necessary to watch movies to learn about how the world thinks. But I’ll give it some thought.

      Oftentimes we don’t think about the message being presented, especially in kid’s movies. But I personally believe that it affects our worldview…even subconsciously.

      It’s good to think about what other people are saying. It’s vital to study the Word! And in the end, you need to be convinced in your own mind about what you believe and stand firm on those. But always be ready to grow even more in Christ. 🙂

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      • Maybe for you it isn’t -shrug-. For a lot of my friends, it isn’t. But I’m pretty sheltered. Disney movies are really my only glimpse into how the world thinks, and if I’m not prepared for the world, I know I’ll easily fall into their traps :/

        Definitely, yes! It very much so can

        Well said!

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  2. Thank you for this thought out, well written post!! I have been thinking about this a lot for probably the past year and I definitely needed the reminder. Will be trying to pray more about it. I’m not used to being super picky, but I think I want to change that.


    • You’re welcome, GraceAnn! I’ve been thinking about it a lot for awhile, too! It’s definitely something I can still wrestle with. But yes, pray about it! That’s one of the best things you can do, is bring your concerns and questions before God. I know you will gain wisdom and clarity as you read God’s Word and seek Him about this matter. I have and I continue to!
      While we do have freedom as Christians, still we walk the “straight and narrow”. Meaning, sometimes God’s best looks strict, but it is for our greatest joy and benefit! ❤


  3. Hmmm. I think I do agree with you some, but not entirely. Disney movies are movies for kids, and at the heart of them, they’re fairytale retellings. Not just that, but they are really tame for a lot of fairytales, just look at the Brothers Grimm! Yes, they might have some content, but they are movies marketed at kids, and in most cases, they’re the only movies I watch. Most movies above PG-13 are the ones that I have issue with (language being the biggest one), but Disney movies are fine in my opinion.

    For example, you mention the Mulan story, and how ancestral worship/other religious stuff is portrayed. When I was a child, Mulan really resonated with me. Why? My grandparents practice ancestral worship (they live in Asia). It made me feel seen, and obviously I knew they weren’t the true God, but it is, in fact, the reality of a lot of people and it tells a good story. I know it’s up to your personal standards, and that’s what my parents/I chose to do, but I just wanted to illustrate my point.

    I haven’t watched most of the “clean” movies you’ve watched, but I’m just wondering why you think, say, Tangled, isn’t a good movie for kids while The Sound of Music is: they both feature rebellious girls, and in the Sound of Music, there is also violence and romance. (My parents actually didn’t let us watch most of the movies in your “clean” list because of the romantic content in it: they thought it was over sexualized (I haven’t watched these movies other than SOM, so I’m not sure which exactly they thought this about) and portrayed an unrealistic view of romance/dating/marriage)

    This is a really interesting topic, and I hope my comment didn’t come across as provoking, I truly want to hear what you think!


    • Thank you for your comment, Hanne T.! It’s good to have people disagree with me and get me thinking outside my usual thought process! 🙂 Yes, it is true that Disney movies usually steer clear of inappropriate sexual content and language and such – which are definitely things we want to steer clear of, too! But I guess it’s more the subtle messages that I was pointing out in a lot of Disney movies. They’re subtle and we’re not on the lookout for them, but I still think they can be harmful. Like I mentioned, the messages of “follow your heart” and “you are your own authority” are probably not the best for children – in fact, I would argue that they are directly against Biblical counsel.

      As for “Mulan”, I think you do make a good point there. I have watched the movie and find it a riveting story. But I wonder how beneficial it is to watch movies centered on “pagan” characters. If it’s just every now and then, it can be intriguing and such to learn about different cultures. I am intrigued, for sure! But I believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY to God, so I, personally, hesitate to saturate my movie choices with “pagan stories”. And my main concern is letting your little children ALWAYS watching stuff like that and maybe have them grow up kind of thinking that you can get to God and heaven through other religions. If we believe the Bible is true and Jesus Christ really lived and also is really the Son of God, we know that letting others believe there are multiple ways is a grave deception and to their eternal harm!
      I hope you understand what I’m trying to say here. Growing up a Christian homeschooler, I learned about different religions and such of course, but didn’t necessarily make it part of my entertainment.
      You’re right that “Mulan” is a great story, probably one of the better Disney stories, in my opinion! But yeah, again, what we fill our time with shapes our worldview and our doctrine, and children especially are very vulnerable.

      Well, I wasn’t saying that these “faith-based” and “clean, girly” movies were for children. Some have more mature content, I’m sure. I meant more for adults. I’m twenty-three now, and they’re my movie choices! 🙂
      I’d say the difference between “Tangled” and “The Sound of Music” is that we kind of can see the foolishness or at least naive nature of the seventeen-year-old girl and she doesn’t end up with the guy. Whereas in “Tangled”, she outright rebels against her mother (granted, she was a witch) and somehow makes the guy change his whole life around. Now, sometimes parents are wrong when it comes to romance, especially if they’re not walking with the Lord. But I wouldn’t encourage young girls to follow their heart instead of advice from their elders! If not your parents, I truly believe you should have other wise mentors in your life as you navigate your love life!
      If you’re talking about the main character in “The Sound of Music”, she’s a grown woman and is not obligated to become a nun, so I don’t think she was acting rebellious in any way. Also, “The Sound of Music” is based on a true story. I wouldn’t say the romance in unrealistic. Every love story is different, and some are really unexpected!

      Sensuality in movies for sure is a problem, one I’m still sorting out. I’ll have to look at my list again, but for me with my personal convictions, I didn’t feel any of them were over-sexualized. Maybe a couple of them aren’t quite the best choice of entertainment for children, but they’re not inappropriate or ungodly.

      Did I answer your questions? …Maybe? 😀 Thanks again for joining the conversation! Your comments have made me think! Feel free to continue!

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      • Thanks for your response! I do agree with you; a lot of the messages in Disney movies aren’t centered on God. However, I also don’t think that it’s necessarily /harmful/, so long as it’s countered with a Biblical foundation. “Follow your heart,” so long as your heart is aligned with God. “You are your own authority,” if your parent is evil, doesn’t follow God, and tells you to do something you shouldn’t, you can say no.
        Obviously I’m stretching it a little bit, but I’m trying to show that it’s not necessarily a /bad/ thing. I do understand your point, I just think it’s an end-all-be-all scenario. And I definitely think that if you are already teaching your children about God, then having them know about and watch these movies of fairy tales aren’t necessarily a bad thing.
        Do you think that magic should not be shown to children at all? Like for example, Magic Tree House, or other fairy tales (Cinderella? she’s disobeying her (step)mother by going to the ball. Yes, she’s evil, and we get that, but she’s still her mother? And what’s the difference between this and Tangled?)

        And yes, I do think a lot of movies, even (and sometimes, I feel, especially) the clean ones, have a lot of sensual material. It’s partially due to the times being different, but dancing is a little bit iffy to me: you’re standing really close to someone of the opposite gender, and holding on to them (and the girls gowns aren’t necessarily the most modest either!). It always makes me feel a little bit intrusive when I watch scenes where there is a really intimate dance. And kisses; I don’t particularly want to watch people kiss either. I don’t hold this standard, but some girls are saving their first kiss for the altar, and those kisses might make it tempting for them.

        I think the long and short of it is, I don’t think it’s necessarily such a cut and dry answer. I certainly don’t think that you should be showing your kids just any movie, but on the other hand, I don’t think that sheltering them from watching a movie that doesn’t explicitly have Biblical roots is a good thing either. (This is a whole thing that I learned in psycholoygy, and I don’t necessarily want to get into it, but the more you try to keep your children from doing something, the more they want to do it. Being too strict with things like this could very easily lead to them going behind your back and just doing it because they’re just curious to see what it’s about (obviously not when they’re super young). If I show it to them, then I can show them what’s not Biblical and what part of it is just a story).

        This got long fast 😅 hopefully it makes sense!


      • For sure. Like I said, just because you watch a non-Christian movie with some pagan themes doesn’t mean you’re going to become a heathen or something. But I do think it’s pretty sensible to think that if you’re fed a steady diet of something, it’ll start shifting your thinking. So maybe they’re not necessarily a horrible thing, but are they a beneficial thing? That was kind of the point of my post. Just like with dating and physical relationships, we shouldn’t be asking: How far can I go? How much can I get away with? How much can I do/watch without being necessarily bad? But rather, I think we should be asking: Am I honoring God in this? How far can I go to glorify God? Is this beneficial?
        I think a lot of “ok” movies just aren’t beneficial. So why watch them? We could not watch movies altogether and survive just fine! 😉

        As for countering bad advice with a more Biblical route, I believe there are other ways to teach Biblical doctrine and truth without watching a movie with questionable themes. I think we have to ask the question: why are so many youth leaving the church? Could it be because they’re learning from the Word of God one hour a week (at church) and the rest of the learning is a steady diet of secular movies, music, worldview, and books?
        And a young man or young woman can like the idea of staying pure until marriage, but if he/she is watching movies and listening to music about the glamour of immorality much more often than they are internalizing the Biblical truths of chastity, what is going to be easier to do? I think we underestimate the way that movies/books/music can affect us. I know I’ve watched movies that weren’t *that* bad and I could justify the situation in the story in my mind if I tweaked this and tacked on that, but in the end, it did start making me think more leniently about sin. And I so I decided to stop watching those movies and start reading the Bible more!

        You do have a good point about “Cinderella”. I hadn’t thought of that before. To be honest, I really enjoyed “Tangled” the first couple times I watched it, but now I’ve watched it a hundred and one times at the childcare place I work at and I’ve dissected it and caught onto a lot of themes I hadn’t before. Also, I’ve had other people bring up “Tangled”‘s theme about rebelling against one’s parents to me.
        I have mixed feelings about magic. It depends how it’s presented. And is it mixing real-life witchcraft/sorcery stuff in there? The Bible speaks against some of this stuff, and there are witches and Satan-worshippers in this day and age, so I think we have to be careful.

        Which movies are you talking about? I don’t remember any intimate dancing in the movies I listed. But we may have different standards on dancing, too. I love dancing! I think square dancing, the Virginia Reel, and all those folk dances are delightful and completely appropriate…unless you have wrong motives in your heart or something! I’ve done waltzing, too, and as long as your heart is in the right place, it can be 100% proper. You don’t have to be all snuggled up against each other. I plan on saving my first kiss for my wedding day. 🙂 I don’t think kissing in movies is bad… I watch the bride and groom kiss at weddings! But of course, if it’s overly long or something it can be getting into inappropriate territory, I would agree. I very much respect your convictions on romance. The Bible warns about not arousing love before it’s time! But, of course, romance and marriage are beautiful things that God Himself designed! So I myself don’t think watching a movie with some romance and even kissing is dishonorable. But if you feel differently, I understand completely.

        Well, my thing is, we don’t have to watch movies. And there really are a lot of faith-based movies to choose from.
        You can raise your children in a way that’s not legalistic, but just practically holy. And every couple has to decide what that looks like for their family. My mom was fairly selective with what movies she let me watch, and it didn’t make me rebellious. When I became an adult, I started watching some things she wouldn’t necessarily approve of … and found out over time that I didn’t approve of a lot of them, either! The Bible says to train up a child in the way he should go. So yes, I agree, we don’t want to be “strict” or “legalistic”, but we do make rules and guidelines and exhort our children toward godliness. Most of all, parents should set a godly example, for that’s how children learn best! If the parent doesn’t watch this certain movie and explain why they don’t (I don’t think it’s very honorable or glorifying to God/I don’t think it’s beneficial for us, etc.), then I think the child will more easily accept that – especially if they’re taught from a young age. Obviously, when the child becomes an adult, they’ll have to make their own choices and form their own convictions. But I do believe children flourish if they’re guided in a loving, firm, godly way.
        But yes, I totally understand what you’re saying. I’ve seen a lot of kids from legalistic homes grow up and rebel and it’s a sad thing. We absolutely don’t want to be legalistic and hypocritical. We have to be careful of that. But leading in love is a whole different thing.

        No worries about having long comments. As you can see, I struggle with that myself, lol.

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      • I get your point, and it does make sense. I’m personally of the mind that watching movies in general is not beneficial (lots of studies on how TV affects the mind, diminished attention span, overstimulation, decreases reading ability, etc, which have effects even with very little amounts of television). So already I’m not a fan of television in general. The only reason I watch TV now is so that I can keep up with conversation/be at least a little bit educated (by this, I literally mean Disney movies, the Princess Bride, etc, for the first time at age 20, since I wasn’t allowed to watch most TV as a kid). I have a pretty similar story to you, regarding movies: I wasn’t really allowed to watch most movies or TV shows growing up, except for a select few, and then as I grew up, I discerned what was good and what was bad. I didn’t mind not being able to watch the movies, but I did mind not being able to connect with friends on a movie they’d watched (this wasn’t even any /bad/ movies: my parents didn’t let us watch the Jesus movie that was shown at church because it was too violent).

        I don’t want my kids to also be excluded from friends just because they weren’t able to partake in a discussion about a movie. Obviously it wouldn’t just be “oh watch whatever you like for the ~culture~” I would watch it before/with them and then when it was over, talk with them about what parts God liked and what parts God didn’t. We live in a fallen world, and as much as we don’t like it, sin is everywhere, and especially in our movies and media. This was what I was saying about teaching Biblical truths alongside secular movies, such as Frozen or Tangled: allowing them to see the movie, but having them also understand a) that it’s a story and b) what parts do not align with God’s word. And, like I said, teaching my kids how to Biblically analyze films (and any other media) and providing them with that foundation is better than straight up forbidding/not allowing/discouraging them to see a movie. (Obviously, guidelines are still a thing, I’m still talking pretty generally accepted movies, Disney, and the like, here). This is clearly far better than just telling kids “we don’t think that’s a good movie to watch” when the kid is 12 and the kid they’re babysitting is watching it. I would rather arm my kids with the right knowledge to think about these movies than for them to not be allowed to watch movies, sneak around behind my back, and start a chain of events that I don’t even know about, and that are far more dangerous than seeing Frozen II.

        We’re probably going to not agree, and that’s okay! This is just what I think I’m going to do (I’m 20, and probably not going to have to worry about children’s movies and what to allow for another 8-10 years, and of course, discuss with my then-husband). I think that watching movies and teaching them what the Bible says about them IS a godly and loving way to direct my future children.

        As for dancing, I was in particular talking about the Sound of Music, as that is the one I have watched. I know dancing was a pretty standard method of “dating” back in time, but I . . . don’t really like it? I don’t have any better way of justifying it, than to say I don’t think it’s really appropriate anymore in this day and age (the lines between dating/marriage are really blurred, and dancing with someone may mean more to one party than they other and etc). I don’t have anything against dancing? it’s sweet and I love watching it; it’s just that I probably wouldn’t want my preteen daughter watching. 🙂


      • I also think there are better, more beneficial things to do than watch movies/TV shows all the time. I try to limit to once a week. But sometimes I go for a long time without any movies…just depends what mood I’m in! 😀

        Yes, we definitely don’t agree about those points. But yes, we’ll just have to agree to disagree! And keep seeking the Lord daily and growing in Him. ❤

        I certainly think some types of dancing can be really inappropriate. I'll have to re-watch "The Sound of Music" and see what I think. I agree that the lines between dating and marriage are really blurred and that's unfortunate. There are certain things that were meant for marriage alone, but people like to take all sorts of liberties just because they're "dating".

        Anyway, thanks for the conversation! I hope my blog post gave you something to think about in any case. 🙂

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  4. Thank you for this post! I’m always encouraged by people asking the question “Would I honor God by watching this?” Instead of “Is there any big reason not to?” I don’t do this perfectly but I want to get better at it.
    I didn’t grow up watching a lot of Disney movies either because of the magic. I mean, God clearly states what He thinks of magic. I watched more of them in my teens and once again ditched them because I felt like while there may be some grey areas, I don’t feel magic is one of them.


    • You’re welcome, Sarah! Thanks for commenting! ❤ For sure! It really comes down to being serious about your walk with the Lord and treasuring Christ above all. I definitely don't do it perfectly either…trying to grow and learn and share what I feel like God has been teaching me!
      I agree, the Bible does have firm things to say about sorcery and witches, and we need to take it seriously. The lines can often be blurred in fiction and I struggle with that.


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