5 Christian Movies on Netflix – Crosswalk.com
As Christians, we are called to a higher standard of what we put into our hearts and minds and responsible for what comes from our mouths and what is portrayed in our actions. It is so easy today to get caught up in mainstream media and sacrifice our values. We convince ourselves that the world is doing it, and perhaps other Christians are even doing it, which should make it ok. Right? Wrong. Our Lord expects so much more of us.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
The Lord doesn’t call us to guard our hearts against things in our world because He is a strict dictator, but because He loves us and wants to protect us; He wants us to protect ourselves. If we are filling our minds and hearts with violent, sexual, or evil content, we are filling our hearts and minds with things that don’t please God. This can hinder our relationship with Him and keep us from glorifying the Lord in our everyday life. This doesn’t mean we need to abstain from secular entertainment completely; we just need to be vigilant in filtering out what we choose to watch and what we choose to listen to. In proverbs 4:23, it says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Meaning watch over the entrance to your heart; the door is where things can enter your heart. Be careful about what you let in.
If we are filling our hearts and minds with things that are not of God or go against the truths of God, it will corrupt our hearts. This will ultimately lead to those things coming out of our mouths and being portrayed in our actions, shaping how we think about the world and how we present Jesus to the world. When we choose to fill our minds and hearts with these things, we can become desensitized to things that dishonor God and not even realize how damaging they can be.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34
On the contrary, when we fill our hearts and minds with the goodness of the Lord through movies or stories that are edifying and uplifting, representing the truths of God, then we are building ourselves up and able to share Jesus to a lost and hurting world in a more profound way.
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