Where’s the Righteousness?

Philippians 2:1-2  If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

This is the verse that I took my encouragement from today…. being united with Christ.  It seems those around us have blurred the lines of righteousness when it comes to entertainment.  We had a no-brainer decision to make today about our son attending a birthday party where they were going to see a PG-13 flick….. it was a 12 year old’s party.  I did go look up the movie on www.pluggedinonline.com to read the review.  Some (read: FEW) PG-13 movies would be acceptable for a 12 year old to view if I have seen it first and there is no language/nudity/brutality/etc.  There aren’t many films that have made that cut.  This particular movie had a strong warning for sexual content, language and battles. 

I just don’t get the point of filling your mind with filth.  What in the world?  This film has the Lord’s name used in vain MORE than 10 times.  Last time I checked, that was one of the no-no’s in the Ten Commandments.  So, once again, my child is going to stay home while his buddies go movie watching.  He asked if Dad could see the movie first to check it out.  I asked him is Dad should go to a movie where the Lord’s name is used repeatedly as a swear word?  He agreed… no.  He was disappointed about not being with his friends, but I believe he understood.  We talked about surrounding ourselves with like-minded people who stand for righteousness.  I believe he got it, but it’s not easy.

Later the topic came up with our 15 year old daughter.  She asked, “Why aren’t there more people who think like you and Dad about movies?”  I really didn’t know what to say.  There are…. they live in communes and don’t have electricity.…   I guess my thinking is that if you are going to choose a book to live by…. then don’t skip the parts that you don’t like.  Or find another book. 

It reminded me of the story of the mom who baked some brownies but added a little bit of dog poop to the mix.  Her kids were asking to go see a movie that only had a little bit of bad stuff in it.  She offered them the brownies but shared that there was only a little bit of bad stuff in them.  :o)  Wise woman.

The whole situation made me feel sort of lonely in my convictions, but then I read about being encouraged by being united with Christ.  That is who we are to be measuring ourselves against and emulating.  I took great comfort in that and am feeling a little better.

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9 Responses to “Where’s the Righteousness?”

  1. Gramp and Gram R. Says:

    Good for you. That filth isn’t necessary in movies. Gram

  2. Jill Says:

    Hang in there. He will thank you ….. some day. And I am sure the Lord is thankful for your faithfulness.

  3. tanya Says:

    It’s amazing in this day and age how many “Christians” are indistinguishable from the rest of the world. Good for you for not crumbling on your standards just to keep your son happy. Hopefully your children will recognize you for what you are…parents of integrity, (not party-poopers). Luckily our kids are still in the loving Veggie Tales and Thomas stages of life, but I hope that I can be as strong as you when the time comes.

  4. Jennie C. Says:

    You can tell Larisa that Aunty Jennie and Uncle Terry are just as strict with what their kids watch. Admittedly, we’re not as strict with ourselves…

  5. rixgal Says:

    Tanya, our 10 year old broke out the Thomas the Tank Engine videos this week. It took me back about 8 years. Good times. He used to turn the trains to see their faces so he would know who was who. Then at bedtime, he would pray for each of them by name!

    Thanks all for your kind comments.

  6. rixgal Says:

    I’m so proud of you for your stand! Your kids are fortunate to have you for a Mom –lots of fun and good guidelines, what could be better! Love, Mom

  7. Jill Says:

    By the way…. I believe that last comment was Grace writing to her daughter Linda. Not Linda giving herself a pat-on-the-back. Just clarifying in case someone thought…. ya know.

  8. rixgal Says:

    Seems I didn’t log out of my wordpress account at my mother’s house….. Yes, that’s my mom. Thanks, Mom. And Thanks, Jill, for clearing that up… I thought I wrote it until you explained it.

  9. Jill Says:

    The last thing I want is you to be confused, Linda.

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