How should Christians think about film and television?

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As followers of Christ, we have been given the tools to follow these commands: the fruit of the Spirit. As we grow in patience, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control, we can work to engage an art form, an industry, and a culture with the good news of Jesus Christ.

At some point in the next week, think of a movie that you would describe as good art—one that inspired and uplifted you, one that is good and noble and pure and true. Rent that movie and watch it. Keep an eye out for chances to apprehend beauty and truth wherever you can find them. Allow yourself to participate in the art of the film, and see if you can direct your appreciation of the experience into a time of meaningful worship.

Then, with that experience fresh in your mind, go through your personal movie collection. Figure out what you like and what you don't. Also, figure out what you shouldn't like (even if you do). Consider getting rid of any movies or TV show collections that fall short.

Sam O'Neal is a LifeWay editor.

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