Does God care what you ingest into your mind, what you look at, what brings you pleasure?
1 John :15-17 -
Philippians 4:8 -
"15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." - NIV
"Yes, it is your mind, your body, your life, but . . .
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
Matthew 22:36-38 (also see Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27)
"Matthew 16:24-27 -
36 'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' 37Jesus replied: ' "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." 38This is the first and greatest commandment.' "
"It seems clear to me that God is asking us to set as our goal to love Him with all our heart, all our mind. We are to deny ourselves pleasures that lead us to devoting ourselves to anything else, other than God. We are to think about things that are right, pure, admirable.
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.' "
Does that mean we cannot even observe sinful actions? If you read Judges chapter 19 you will find that it has acts of homosexuality, gross horror and violence. Would it be wrong to read this? Would it be wrong to watch a movie that told the basics of this story? You decide.
I draw the best conclusion I can but I use these guidelines (naturally you may disagree).
1) If the entertainment presents sin but it is either unrecognizable
or unnoticeable by any viewer and will not be remembered, then it is likely
not a problem.
2) If the element of sin is presented in a way that gives the clear impression that the sin is either stupid, silly, bad or evil then it is not a problem.
3) If the element of sin is presented in a way that it entices the viewer to repeat the act if it were possible, then it is a problem.
If there are any problems with the entertainment, then the problem portion must be removed or the whole thing should be eliminated.