How Should Christian Watch Movies?

An issue recently arises as a Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast gets adapted into a live-action movie. In the new adaptation, a character is introduced as “Disney’s first gay character.” A lot of questions then come up regarding how Christians should respond to it. Should we boycott the movie? Will it be okay to see it? Should I rebuke my fellow friends who decide to see it?

Firstly, something should be made clear — the Beauty and the Beast is not the first movie that includes values contrary to the Scripture; many are playing in the theaters and spread around the internet for everyone to see. A better question to ask might be: How should Christians watch movies?

I have been pondering over this question for quite a while. I myself love movies, more than most people perhaps. I am mainly fascinated by the amount of efforts the filmmakers put in order to turn their visions into a reality — birthing visual spectacles followed by melodies playing out harmoniously throughout the movie, stirring up the hearts of the audience. Personally, watching movies has been a special moment where I can appreciate the works of various people who each has a unique story to tell. Continue reading

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Why Do We Fall?

In Mark 5, Jesus worked wondrous things before a large group of people. Described in the passage are three miracles: the casting out of demons (v. 13), the healing of “a woman who had had a blood discharge for twelve years” (v. 25), and the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter (v. 41). Despite the different nature of each wonder — one showing Christ’s authority over evil spirits, the other showing Christ healing a diseased person, and the pinnacle of all these wonders, bringing someone back to life — there’s one common thing that we can find in the text; the three key characters who witnessed these miracles fell down before Christ.
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When We Suffer

When it hurts, it’s hard to focus on anything else but the lingering pain. Hope seems so distant; if any, the only glimmer of hope is of a hypothetical reality when the pain goes away and life goes on like a normal day. Truth be told, it is hard to focus on anything but ourselves as we try to define the hurt that alienates and fills up the mind with a strange kind of juice. We may think we are the exception — that we’re the most miserable person walking on the planet. But we are not the exception — everyone has been there as well. Maybe not to the point where everything is identical, but everyone has their own share of the same breed of pain. Like the problem of sin incessantly trying to penetrate our skin, going deep into our hearts, we’ve all been there. There is none but one exception, Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Bring the Hope to Remembrance

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

I recently realized the huge need of memorizing the Scripture. Not so that I can be someone like the guy Denzel Washington plays who is able to recite the whole Bible, but rather to simply be reminded of the truth in the midst of constant distractions in this fast-paced world. Paul himself says that we should take the Word seriously, which is part of the armor of God as he put it (Ephesians 6:17), that we may be guarded from the evil one (Ephesians 6:13). And these couple of weeks, I have been been reading articles and listening to messages that encourage Christians to start memorizing the Scripture. Continue reading

Social Media and the Glory of God

For the past few weeks, I have been listening to some podcasts that talk about how we can use the advancement of technology for our good. Two podcasts that were really helpful for me was from Age of Minority titled The Social Media Episode and an interview with Tony Reinke titled Teens and Technology. There’s also a short sermon by Tim Challies about productivity in this digital age which was a good reminder for me. You should check them out, they are gold! Continue reading

Persecution

I should not be writing right now as I will be having an exam later today (wish me luck!), but here goes:

When I was a kid, I was astounded as I was hearing my teacher mentioning that Christianity is one of the minor religions in Indonesia. At that time, I was just a kid in a Christian school still thinking about the best use of 5000 rupiahs while looking at an array of food wagons in my school’s backyard during break. The reason why my teacher’s statement really surprised me was that being a student in a Christian school meant that all my friends were mostly Christians, which I myself was not at that time. Back then, I felt like I was one of the few who were not accustomed with going to some building weekly with their families to listen to a sermon and worship as a community.

And a few years later, long story short, I joined this band of minorities. Continue reading