I’ll cut to the chase, then rewind. I am making a promise to God that I am not going to watch another R rated movie after this past weekend. There was quite a bit of hype (and advertising) around the new Watchmen movie. I won’t go into details, but I have since apologized to two guys (for even thinking about going to see it). The movie had its share of profanity, sexuality and pretty intense violence. Each of us have our own limits, and I’ve told myself many times that I won’t check out a movie with that kind of a rating. Sure, this was a spur of the moment decision to fill some time, but my guard was down and my life is no better after seeing this film. Hollywood sure can dazzle us with effects, action and sensuality, but it cannot fill a void in our lives that only God’s love can fill. There’s no other way to put it I guess. To that part of Hollywood……I don’t need you any longer.
There isn’t a movie in the all-time top 10 grossing movies that is rated R for a reason. I did conclude the weekend by watching “Saving God” starring Ving Rhames on DVD. I’d recommend checking it out if you are at all interested in getting a better understanding of life impacted by drugs. It was one of the better movies I’ve seen recently, and opened my eyes to how our culture is having to “save God”. God doesn’t need saved, but there are quite a few ministries that need to be rescued and returned to serving God as they were meant to be. Lots of damage has been done to work God has started, and it takes some serious effort to do the work God has for us. That is what needs saved.
What are your thoughts on R rated movies? Has your life improved or been damaged from viewing them in the past? Does Hollywood need to see that we don’t need that trash?