“You have to see it!”
“It looks WONDERFUL!”
“It’s my favorite book – I can’t wait for the movie!”
Everyone was talking about the release of the much awaited movie “Me Before You.” Everyone, it seemed, but me. Sure, I’d heard of it, but I hadn’t a clue what it was about.
When I finally discovered the plot, I was shocked. I assumed it was a sweet love story…not a movie that portrays assisted suicide as something that’s acceptable.
Before I go any further, let me say – this not a post bashing a movie, or judging those who did see this film.
This is a post about learning to use wisdom in our entertainment choices and in every area of our lives. Big and small.
I didn’t go see “Me Before You” because I knew that the ending would make me very uncomfortable. The devastating choice the hero made went directly against everything I believe in and everything the Bible says about how precious life is.
So… where do we draw the line? I’ve watched and enjoyed several movies and TV series that have scenes I fast forward through, words I don’t appreciate and would never say, and actions and attitudes I don’t agree with.
Should I not have watched those movies?
Sometimes, maybe that answer would be yes. I certainly have watched things I regret and have also turned many movies off a couple of minutes into them.
The point I’m making is not – we can watch these movies, but we can’t watch those. It’s not always black and white. In fact, it’s often very complicated. What God may be telling me, may not be what He’s telling you.
The point is to think.
Think before we watch a movie, read a book, or listen to a song.
Think, “Is this honoring to the Lord?” “Will this hurt my relationship with Jesus?” or “Will this compromise my values?”
Psalm 101:2-3 says,
“I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”
This verse can directly apply to our entertainment choices. Are we walking with integrity in regards to this important topic? Are we setting worthless things before our eyes for the mere sake of being entertained? Are we considering the powerful effect that these seemingly innocent diversions have?
We need to become a generation that doesn’t mindlessly accept what everyone else is doing as okay. We need to dig deep, think hard, pray much, and decide for ourselves where to draw the line.
Obviously, some lines are clearly drawn and many things are black and white. It’s in the gray areas that we need to use sound judgment.
That’s why I didn’t see “Me Before You.” Choosing not to go see it made me think about what I’m placing before my eyes, and wonder if I do things just because it’s popular or what all my friends are doing. Making that choice wasn’t easy, but in the end, I’m glad I didn’t compromise.
I leave you with a challenge. Don’t go along with something because everyone else is. Don’t compromise, instead set your standards high.
Choose to be wise. Even if it exacts a high price and no one understands.
Even if it means standing alone.