How do movies get their ratings? The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of eleven people decide for the whole country. They are called “Raters of America.” They rated over 600 movies in 2016. They are to have children of their own between 5-15 when they’re hired. They watch two to three movies a day and rate them for language, adult content, violence, sex, and gore. But, interesting enough, America has changed. Forty years ago, movie producers would not want an R rating because it would cut ticket sales. Nowadays, because of America’s appetite for the edgy, dark and sensual, producers push for R rating to get particular crowds, even though family movies make the most money. They have a rule of thumb when it comes to sections of America. The South despises blasphemy. The Midwest blushes at sex. East and West coast do not like violence. But the Northeast could care less about language. Believe it or not though, a lot of parents today care more about a smoking scene than they do a sex scene.
I bring this up because the Bible tells us in Psalm 23:3, “He restoreth my soul…” Restores from what? Sheep become “cast.” That simply means that like a turtle, they can slip on their back and become stuck or paralyzed with their little legs flapping in the air. If kept this way for days, they could actually die. So, the shepherd restores them; puts them up-right. Sheep become cast for several reasons, but one reason is mud, dirt, and debris in their wool. They become too heavy and tip over. American culture is driven in some ways by “movies.” There is no doubt that movies can cause us to think differently, good and bad. Too much sin, violence, and sex scenes would cause a person to just think this is normal life. But what can take place is you, as a Christian, can become “cast:” Paralyzed in your Christian life (useless). Only when you get clean, get the weight of the sinful world off you, can you be fully restored. When it comes to movies, Christians, you’ll have to judge for yourselves, but here is Paul’s recommendation…
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” -Philippians 4:8