I have a question regarding movies. My parents have always taught me that movies with the Lord’s name in vain, sex-related situations, and profanity is wrong to watch. period. I have struggled with this very much because my personal opinion is that if a movie has a good story line to it and you get something good out of the movie, that doesnt’t matter as much. I think that even if they have some of this in them, it’s not going to change my beliefs or what I do. I consider it entertainment.
My parents practice what they preach and don’t watch anything they wouldn’t let me watch. They often use screenit.com to decide. When we were listening to Relevant Radio, there was a program naming the top 10 Catholic movies of all time (I can’t remember the name of the show for sure, it may have been Morning Air). One of the hosts of the program noted that the 2000 movie “Return to Me” was one of the greatest movies she’d ever seen. (not on the top 10, but a great movie). My parents looked it up (with www.screenit.com) and said no way, based on the use of the Lord’s name in vain.
Also, I like the www.decentfilms.com ratings we just recently heard about on Relevant Radio. I’ve heard for example that “Black Hawk Down” is a great movie, it was given an “A” rating at decentfilms.com, and yet there was significant profanity in it. I’m going to be 18 very soon and will be able to decide for myself. I feel guilty about not going by how my parents taught me. Will it count against me on Judgment Day if I don’t follow what my parents taught me? How can I make a good moral decision when I’m being told two different things from two great but different sources?
I am aware of the terrible movies out there that have pornography and no morals in them whatsoever and I have no interest in seeing those or justifying them. I’m just trying to make a good moral decision and want to still enjoy some of the movies without feeling guilty or constantly questioning was that okay.
Thanks for your time and help. I greatly appreciate it!