Ask Pastor Matt

Posted: April 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

Every 3-4 months at Revolution we have a special service called “Ask Pastor Matt” where anyone can send in a question on any subject.  This week we will be looking at some of them.

Here we go.

You say that that it is not a big deal to watch movies [“SuperBad” for example] & listen to music that encourage or depict sin. However, God’s word teaches that we should not set evil before our eyes and not be a stumbling block to others.

Now, I understand the legalism aspect, but such things desensitize Christians to evil (lust, lies are funny, premarital sex, etc…). We can’t be perfect – and salvation doesn’t hinge on what movies we watch – but aren’t these unnecessary temptations & stumbling blocks that set evil before our eyes?

Okay, here’s the deal.  What you should or should not watch as a Christian depends on whether it tempts you to sin.  Personally, I can watch “Wedding Crashers” and care less about the few shots of nudity, etc. but some people so struggle with lust that they can’t handle that, so, if you can’t then don’t watch it.  The same goes for alcohol; if you can drink it without getting out of control then go for it but if you are a recovering alcoholic then stay away from it. 

It’s all about wisdom.

It is true that Christians can become desensitized to evil but, in my experience, the problem is that Christians have become under sensitized.  I remember in seminary that a number of pastors in training would give a deer in the headlights look to stories about people struggling with real sin.  If they give that look to real people then they make them feel like freaks and feed the stereotype that all Christians are judgmental and out of touch.

More questions later.

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