Should Christians watch movies like those in the Saw franchise?
This is an issue of freedom, much like Paul addressed in Romans 14. In other words, a Christian may choose to not watch Saw VI while another can choose to watch Saw VI, and both are not guilty of sinning. This isn’t an issue like drunkenness or adultery, which the Bible clearly states are sinful. It comes down to faith and your conscience. If your conscience would bug you by watching Saw VI, then you shouldn’t watch it. If your conscience doesn’t bug you, then watch it.
But each type of person must be careful.
If you are someone who chooses not to watch a movie like Saw VI, here are some things to watch for:
- Judging Christians who choose to watch. It’s easy to think you’re somehow more spiritual by avoiding such movies.
- Becoming a moral cop. Pointing out those who choose to watch and giving every reason in the world why they shouldn’t watch is tempting, but it isn’t biblical (for real, go read Romans 14)
If you are someone who chooses to watch a movie like Saw VI, here are some things to watch for:
- Looking down on Christians who choose not to watch. It’s easy to thing you’re somehow more spiritual by watching such movies.
- Crossing the line. Those who chose not to watch such movies have one particular advantage–they will never be at risk for being exposed to something sinful to watch.
- Not watching intentionally. It’s easy to slip into watching such a movie because it’s cool or because it’s an escape. We need to watch such things intentionally.
Which is the crux of this series, and will be addressed in the last post on Friday. Tomorrow, we party…