As Christians, what is “the line” when it comes to the arts, especially the popular media?
Movies, TV shows, books, live theater, dance, visual arts–what do you consider acceptable and when does an art piece become unacceptable?
An example would be the recent movie, “Stranger Than Fiction.” Some would say that it has a lot of redemptive messages and points people to God. Others would say that because of the implied premarital sex, that it crossed the line and points people away from God…
I would like to request that if possible, this thread be limited to discussion about what your personal “line” is, rather than involving children. Like many Christians, I believe that children are not miniature adults, and that we need to protect them. I believe that there are art pieces that are appropriate for adults and not appropriate for children, and that it is “OK” for adult Christians to enjoy “adult” art pieces. I’m interested in discussing what art pieces you believe are appropriate for adults. Thanks.
(NOTE: When I use the term “Adult,” I’m not talking about “porn.” I’m talking about pieces like “Shakespearean plays” or “novels by Pearl Buck” or “CSI: Miami” etc. These pieces are intended for adult audiences, not children, but they are not “pornographic.”)
I would also like to futher confine this topic by requesting that we not discuss the value of “entertainment” for Christians. I realize that there are some Christians who do not accept the value of ANY form of entertainment for Christians. May I request that that particular viewpoint be discussed in another thread, and that in this thread, we assume that entertainment is “OK” for Christians? Thanks again.