“R” is not for “Righteous”

Read: Romans 6

I don’t know if you have noticed recently but the movie theaters seem to be flooded with “R” rated movies.  What does it say about our society and culture (which we are a part of) when we produce a mass amount of movies that carry an “R” rating which stands for “Restricted.”  I am sure it is not pleasing to God.

The reason these movies are labeled as restricted is because they contain many things you would not want your child or teenager to see or hear.  That leads to the question, if you don’t want them to see it or hear it why do you want to see it or hear it?  Once in a while there is a true story or a documentary that has some value to it but most of the time even those are uncomfortable (or should be uncomfortable) for us to watch.

The definition of the word “Righteous” is: “Acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin.”  In Romans 6 Paul talks about how we are set free from sin by Jesus Christ and that we should live righteous lives before him.  He says, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”

“R” rated movies should make us feel uncomfortable if we are Christians.  That’s not a feeling that many of us like to have in life is it, to be uncomfortable?  But sin does that to us because it separates us from God and his desires for us.  Even if we are only watching a movie we are still participating in it and therefore it affects us.

I do not want to be the cultural police or say that I will never watch an “R” rated movie.  I do want us all to think about this though.  Jesus wants us to live righteous lives and be examples of that righteousness.  In Romans 6:15 Paul even says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!”

As I said, I am not sure what it says about our culture when there are more restricted movies in our theaters than other options.  But I do know that we do not have to conform to our culture.  Perhaps the words of Romans 12:2 are a good way to end this week.  It says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Make it personal:  Think about your own movie viewing habits.  Pray about that and ask Jesus to give you discernment, wisdom, and even restraint if that is needed.  In all areas of life may we seek to live righteous lives before our God and be examples to a culture that is often conflicted in sin.

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church