There Are So Many Opinions About The New Film Release Of The Best-Selling Christian Book redemptive love. I found myself a few weeks ago asking the question, “Should I watch Redeeming Love?” Maybe you are in the same boat? A novel loosely based on the Bible’s incredible book, Hosea, has been brought to life in a movie. The controversy comes from the heavy subject of prostitution and the intimate relationship between Michael Hosea and his wife Angel. Today I’m going to give you some information and let you decide if you should see it or not. These are questions that we can ask ourselves when approaching any film.
Many people might think, what’s the matter if I watch a movie or not? Our minds are powerful and what we listen to, read and watch can affect us for good or ill. It helps to think about any movie we’re going to see in advance so that we don’t put ourselves in a situation where we can’t erase a memory.
Does this film honor God? Ask the question, “Am I honoring God when I watch this?” If the answer is Yes, so go ahead. If the answer is no, so avoid it. If the answer is maybe Where I am not surethen there are a few more questions you can think about and pray about. 1 Corinthians 10:31 said, “Whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. This means that whatever we do, even going to see a movie should be for the glory of the Lord.
Is this film helpful or hurtful to me personally? I had friends who went to see Redeeming Love who found it very encouraging in their understanding of God’s grace and mercy to them, however, I had other friends who wanted to avoid this film at any cost because of the sexual content and story. It kind of looks like The passion of Christ. Passion was rated R due to images of crucifixion and violence. Some people would appreciate what Jesus did for them regardless of the graphic scenes, while others might be personally disturbed and struggle with the weight of it on screen. Both individuals could still love Jesus the same way whether they watched the movie or not. Ask yourself the question, does this film help me in my faith? Does it cause me to sin or is it just not healthy for me to see it? Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your spirit, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.”
Does this film push me to sin? Whether something says Christian about it or not, if it causes us to sin, we must avoid it. We’re not supposed to please man, but we live for Christ. If you struggle with lust or fantasize about what a romantic relationship might look like, Redeeming Love is best avoided. Yes, the couple are married, however, there are some pretty graphic sex scenes. This is an area that I think could have been done with more taste. Thinking about these actors having to play sex scenes raises the question, were they sinning by doing this? Plus, there’s the fact that it’s not our own marital relationship, that’s wrong. This could create a misconception for husbands to be like Michael because his character actually represents the relentless pursuit of God. Yes, this story is redeeming and good, however, I mean the producers and writers could have ended the scenes instead of extending them. If you feel that you are not phased by the sexual content, if you feel that you might look away and not watch, if you are sure that it will not make you lust or replay the sexual content in your mind afterwards, then you can probably go see that movie.
Philippians 4:8 said, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is beautiful, whatever is praiseworthy, if there is any excellence, if there is something worthy of praise, think of these things.
Matthew 5:28 said, “But I tell you, whoever looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Is this film a good witness? Yes redemptive love weren’t based on the book of Hosea in the Bible, this movie wouldn’t cause much controversy because it’s probably even normal by Hollywood standards. However, when a person walks into this movie by the standards of “Should A Believer In Jesus Watch This”, the whole perspective changes. A question to ask yourself, “Is this film a good witness? The novel’s award-winning author, Francine Rivers, was quoted in an interview. When asked what the purpose of this film was, she replied, “That people leave theaters realizing how long, passionate, and wonderful God’s love is for each one of us.” I truly believe that the heart behind this film comes from a place of spreading the message about the love of Jesus. People could watch this movie and the Lord can use it regardless of the sexual content. Did the producers and writers do it well, probably not, but God can still use his redemption story through the film. There is a relief in knowing that the Lord can use sinful people with sinful movies to share his perfect gospel.
John 14:6 said, “Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
We are told in Scripture to be all to all. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) However, we are never encouraged to sin against God to be like others. We are told to be in the world and not of the world. (John 15:19 ) Whether or not you personally decide to see this movie or not, here are some basic questions to ask before watching a movie. May God guide you to the best decision for you and whatever it is, may you honor him in that.
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by Emma Danzey mission in life is to inspire young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of his greatest joys is to walk with the Lord in his scriptures. Emma is a North Carolina resident and green tea enthusiast! She is married to her husband Drew and they serve international students. She loves to sing, dance, try new recipes and watch makeover shows. During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran Refined magazine, and served in early childhood music education. Currently, she is in the editing stages of her first two writing projects: a Bible study on womanhood and a non-fiction book on singleness. You can visit his blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com