According to the blog rating system BigIsTheNewSmall.com is Rated “PG” and this rating was determined based on the presence of the following words: sex (3x) and abortion (1x). A little over a year ago this blog was Rated-R based upon the presence of: sex (16x) dangerous (6x) and abortion (1x); apparently I don’t talk about sex as much. I thought this blog had always been a family friendly blog… well not according to this unscientific rating system; which poses another question in itself, is there a scientific rating system.
This got me thinking about the whole “Rated-R” thing and whether or not it is appropriate for Christians and Pastors to watch “Rated-R” movies. I understand that there are varying opinions on this subject and plenty of people won’t touch “Rated-R” movies with a ten foot pole and that is definitely a persoanl prerogative.
I was previously a Warden and worked in the Corrections System for over 13 years. According to the rating standards, my job would have definitely been considered “Rated-R,” as I witnessed, experienced and heard things that would surpass any “R” rating. I have friends who have been in the military and law enforcement who will attest to similar accounts in their jobs. As a Pastor, I have to counsel couples and individuals on a regular basis that share some “Rated-R” stories and “Rated-R” experiences. This Rated-R thing seems to creep up in quite a few places!
Although they’re definitely not my first choice, I personally will watch a “Rated-R” movie and I believe that as we grow in our relationship with Christ some things will be more personally convicting than others. We are all affected in different ways by different things and I believe we have to use discernment and good personal judgement. Is it the rating, the content, or the content rating? Ratings, Ratings, Ratings! I had someone ask me before, what I thought the Bible was Rated? Well, I know that the movie The Passion of The Christ was Rated-R, for sequences of graphic violence; you do the math!
Should Pastors, Christians… watch “Rated-R” Movies? Do You? Share your thoughts!