If I had a quarter for every time I heard someone say about a movie “It’s good, but…” I’d probably be filthy rich. Sadly, that doesn’t happen, and I don’t have a rich uncle, so I suppose I’ll have to settle for being a poor loudmouth on the internet. Still, this is important.
Since Clearplay has become so popular, Christians have been expanding their film library. New possibilities have been introduced, more worlds that we haven’t been able to explore before! It’s exciting isn’t it? Well, it is until you remember that we couldn’t explore them because of the fifty f-bombs, pornographic material, and obvious anti-Christian worldview.
Clearplay only takes care of two out of the three.
I think Clearplay is a great thing, I own one as a matter of fact. However, I have seen Christians becoming more and more loose with what they allow themselves to watch as a result, because after all it is “filtered.”
Ok, we need to back up.
Have we stopped thinking about worldview? Do we only care about sex and language? I fear that we would immediately throw out anything that reaches a certain number of profanities, but would sit through someone telling us exactly why we shouldn’t be Christians. How very holy of us.
And then there’s the lion that’s sleeping next to our kids.
“My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword … Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house.” – Proverbs 5:1-4, 8
But the couch next door is far enough away, right?
There’s a simple fact that we sometimes ignore about this machine, as helpful as it may be. I’m going to say it with emphasis, so that you can’t miss it.
YOU CAN TURN THE FILTERING OFF.
There’s no armed guard watching you as you put the movie in, no bomb that will explode if you watch it without filtering. The adulterous woman is in your house, she’s just in a cage. For now. Doesn’t sound exactly like keeping your way far from her, does it?
Clearplay can be a useful tool, I’m not denying that. I am saying, however, that if you need Clearplay in order to watch it, you shouldn’t own it. If you really want to see it, do it old school: rent it. It won’t kill you to not have that glorious, divine, and infallible film in your collection. You will live, trust me.