Most of us have seen the epic “God Father” or “Pulp Fiction” movies from the past. These movies are enthralling, entertaining, and they evoke an emotional response that makes us want to mimic their acted way of life.
Movies have been affecting our brains since we started watching them. The difference today is the science behind our brains in the hands of Holly Wood. I will use Holly Wood to generalize movie production today.
If you have realized it or not, movie companies spend boatloads of money discovering how to touch our emotions and get certain responses from us while watching their movies.
They are absolutely brilliant. The more of an emotional response they can get from us the more revenue they gain from that particular movie. We tell our friends to go see movies that create a response inside of us.
Think about it.
You are sitting down watching a horror flick and suddenly you jump up and scream. You know the movie isn’t real; however, because of the neurological stimuli inside your brain, your emotions are acting as if it is.
These brain waves produce a sensory perception which triggers your emotions to act as if it is real. Let’s face it, the movie production industry has our minds in the palm of their hands.
If we are not careful, we will give this massive influencer too much power and control over how we think and feel towards reality and augmented reality.
I will outline how the movie industry is totally transforming our culture as we know it.
(1) Redirecting truth from an early age
Since we were kids, Disney has been focusing on our little brains and how to influence our thoughts and emotions so that we want to watch more Disney movies.
I am not saying that this is totally bad. I am also not saying Disney is all bad. I am saying, however, that we need to be mindful of the effects so that we can be intentional on what our children watch and what we watch.
Think about the mind of a child. A child’s mind is ripe for learning and repeats what they see and hear. If they are watching movies that counter that of absolute truth in Scripture, we are making it difficult for us to train in the future.
I was watching Moana a few months ago and noticed a common theme just within the first 15 minutes of the show. I noticed in the songs and acting how Moana was responding to her parents in disobedience.
Now, you may think this is innocent and harmless but think of the ramifications for just a moment. This storyline is about finding “your” way and diminishing the parent’s authority over a child’s rearing days.
Scripture tells us that it goes well for a child and that they will have a good life when they honor their father and mother.
(2) Cultural dichotomies to Scripture become commonplace
There are movies I watched as a kid that shaped my view of the world. I can’t help but think of Karate Kid and how for years I thought I could fight whomever I wanted and win because I thought I could!
The reality is that there are other men much stronger and faster than me that can kick my behind. Just because I “think” I can do something doesn’t mean it’s a reality. This just gives me the motivation to train, not a false sense of accomplishment.
Our teens today are showing less conviction about this sin than I have ever seen. Don’t misread, I know many teens who are following Jesus and fighting the good fight. I am talking about the majority compared to previous generations.
Why do you think there is less conviction? I believe there is less conviction because movies have anchored our emotions to be in tune with the message they are throwing at us and making billions doing it.
(3) Guard from evil and identify movies that trigger healthy responses
There are some really great movies being made right now. There seems to be an uptick in Christian movies dealing with real-life issues that we face each day. I have been excited to see this.
I would rather Christian movies not be so gushy, but that is my opinion. I am just glad to see more Christian movies hitting the box office lately, we are making a statement when we pay to see these movies at the theater.
I and Nichole know when we are watching movies or episodes that we shouldn’t. We notice this from our attention to evil. This may sound out of the box for you but it’s the truth and needs to be mentioned.
We are more in tune with an evil presence in our home when we watch something that has lots of gore, murder, language, body touching, and the like.
Paul wrote in Ephesians how we do not battle flesh and blood but principalities of the heavenly realm. There is a war waging all around us, so we have to ask ourselves: Which side are we on today?
I know Jesus has won the ultimate war, and victory to that! We need to think about which dog we are feeding. Are we giving our attention more to spiritual things that bless us, or evil principalities that open up the darkness in our homes?
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