I was scrolling through Instagram, when an advertisement popped up in my “news feed”. It looked like a normal flick kind of movie, when suddenly, it showed two young men gazing into each other’s eyes romantically. I inwardly barfed and kept scrolling – it freaked me out.
Then, the next week or so, the trailer came on while the television was on a children’s station. When I realized what it was, I changed the channel. This trailer was for a movie called Love, Simon. While I don’t fully know the plot, I know that it is about a boy who has been hiding the fact that he likes guys and is gay, and decides to “come out” or whatever you would like to call it.
For me, it was automatically a no-brainer that I would not watch this movie – for goodness sake, I wouldn’t even watch the trailer! The sin that is portrayed as a wonderful thing in this movie disgusts me, it breaks my heart.
I want to share today why I won’t be watching Love, Simon, and why I don’t watch many mainstream movies.
I just want to make this point clear: I am not hating on the producers, actors, directors, writers, or anyone involved with this film, anyone who is homosexual, anyone who has seen this movie, or anyone else at all! The reason I am against this movie, and most movies that come out nowadays, is because of the sin. It is not the actors or anyone in this movie that I don’t like – they are all beautiful people God created and loves immensely! We aren’t called to hate sinners and bash them, but welcome others in and love them where they are at, without letting them stay there. My problem with this movie is that sin is accepted and even CELEBRATED. It’s put on full display without holding anything back and made seem as something that should be accepted by others as normal and alright.
This movie makes sin a normal thing, and something we should accept, and that is NEVER something we should do. Sin is a serious matter that needs to be taken care of rather than accepted. Most movies these days aren’t even really wholesome or helpful in any way, and many, such as Love, Simon, have sin as the main character. Not literally, but figuratively. They sneak it in and make it seem casual and like the cultural “norm” so people will accept it. Here are a couple passages on the seriousness of sin and the importance of walking fully in the light:
Matthew 7:21-23 (emphasis mine) // Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
Acts 3:19 (emphasis mine) // Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,
A question to ask yourself is, if God doesn’t agree with it, why would I even CONSIDER watching this movie? If He calls me to be salt and light to this earth, why would I spend my time on cultural things? Many movies these days are so focused on things of this earth, that we lose sight of what truly matters. They show things that we shouldn’t even consider watching, yet we watch them anyways. Here are some passages on holiness + purity:
1 Peter 1:13-16 (emphasis mine) // Therefore prepare your minds for action, be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”
Psalm 51:10 // Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.
Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT bashing movies! I love movies – a few of my favorites are the Anne of Green Gables trilogy, the Giver, War Room, God’s Not Dead, & The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Movies are fun and can be uplifting and even helpful in our walk with the Lord! I am, however, not for movies that show darkness and put it on display – whether it be through violence, language, or even simply homosexuality. I strive to build my morals according to God’s Word concerning these things, and so I don’t watch them – it’s that simple. For me, it’s not something I have to think twice about, but for others it is. That is why I felt God prompting me to write this post to share with you today.
I want to encourage you to ask the Lord to evaluate your heart, and your morals. Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I compromising my morals for TV shows, movies, books, music, or other cultural things?
- Do I have morals that are according to God’s standards in His Word? If not, what can I do to change that?
- Am I spending lots of time watching movies/TV/doing other worldly things, instead of growing my relationship with Christ, loving others, and serving Yahweh?
- Am I living set apart, or living like this world? (this includes what movies you watch/don’t watch)
So, that sums up just why I’m not watching Love, Simon, or most movies these days. Maybe it’s extreme, maybe you think I’m crazy, or maybe you’re in the same boat as me. Wherever you’re at, I encourage you to ask God to search your heart and study His Word and form your morals based on that alone. We can’t let the world or even our friends determine our moral compass – only the Lord has the authority and wisdom to do so.
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