Posted by: raddestnerd | July 18, 2009

Violence In Movies And Sex On TV

“It seems today, that all you see, is violence in movies and sex on TV…”  So goes the lyrics to the Family Guy theme song.  I love movies.  And thanks to Hulu I can watch quality TV shows like Battlestar Galactica and The Sarah Connor Chronicles without cable or DVR.

While there are some Christians who make a personal choice not to watch R-rated films because its contents are offensive to them, I have never had a problem with it.  Because those offensive elements are often necessary in order to tell a proper story — and it is the story that delivers the meaning, not dialogue (Rober McKee).  Much like Genesis where we have scenes of incest and other sins. It’s the story that delivers the meaning:  As you read, if you think what Lot’s daughters are doing with their father is disgusting and wrong, good!  Not only are you getting the point, your conscience is still in proper working order.

Recently I read a blog post by Pastor John Piper that articulates for me, my attitude regarding these offensive elements in film/TV:

I have a high tolerance for violence, high tolerance for bad language, and zero tolerance for nudity. There is a reason for these differences. The violence is make-believe. They don’t really mean those bad words. But that lady is really naked, and I am really watching. And somewhere she has a brokenhearted father.

I’m glad to see that there seems to be less graphic violence, nudity, and swearing in films these days.  For instance, The Dark Knight was able to achieve uncompromising story-telling without relying on graphic violence.  They delivered a very grown-up story of great mythological power, all within the umbrella of a PG-13 rating.


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