Hollywood and God…Ray Comfort

I saw this piece over at Slice of Laodicea. Ingrid links to a new Ray Comfort clip in which Ray asks professing Christians about movies and blasphemy. Take 5-6 minutes, watch this clip, and then be ready to be very convicted.

  1. #1 by Kevin on July 13, 2007 - 11:02 am

    I am currently reading “The Wayward Bus,” by John Steinbeck. In it, the “GD” word is used, which brings up an interesting question: How broadly should Ray Comfort’s assertion be applied. Apparently the assertion is something like: Art that contains vulgarity ought to be avoided.
    All art or just movies? What about literature or music of painting? All vulgarities or just blasphemy? What if it contains a blasphemous utterance but does not endorse it?
    I really don’t know. I’ve been thinking about it recently; interesting that this should come up now.

  2. #2 by clearly on July 13, 2007 - 11:37 am

    Hey Kevin,

    This is a really tough issue to deal with — entertainment and language. I admit, I watch movies with vulgarities in them — however, I use a TVG device which blocks them out. I just don’t like to be cursed at in the privacy of my own home — I get enough of that as I go about my life, being a citizen.

    I don’t think it’s my place to critique everything that another believer watches/reads in his home. However, it’s really not appropriate for him to announce it to the body of Christ, especially if it will cause another brother to fall back into a particular sin or habit — one that he has been freed from.

    Also, I can hardly endorse a pastor’s pulpit usage of movies that have cursing or blasphemy, especially blasphemy.

  3. #3 by Kevin on July 13, 2007 - 3:07 pm

    I agree that what one says at a pulpit or during a church service at all should be under a different scrutiny. I think reverence has fallen by the wayside a bit. I also agree, as you imply, that such issues may apply differently to different people. We don’t have very specific commands about which words or how many words can/should be used when. I tend to be fairly (is liberal the right word?) when it comes to the right-ness of saying particular “swear” words, which, at their definitions, are just meaningless intensifiers. Somehow I think the Biblical warning against using “corrupt” or vulgar language applies more so to James 3-type cursing–not necessarily “swear” words, but words that work to disintegrate the body of Christ.

    You’re right — tough issue. There are a ton of outlier examples that could be thrown in to muddy the situation, too, which is partially why I start rolling my eyes when someone starts to suggest an objective model for Christian living about something like movie-going.

  4. #4 by Medina on September 9, 2008 - 4:38 am

    I agree with Ray. It’s a tough issue because we have an American culture type of Christianty, We don’t want to take up the cross (die to ourselves) and truely live to please God. We have to much fear of man and not enough fear of God

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