I turned 35 yesterday! And I’ve earned my right to rant, so here goes…

The last movie I saw at the theater (Think Like a Man) was vulgar, profane, and totally offended my sensibilities, and – get this – it was rated PG-13, not R. Although my children weren’t with me, I regret not leaving the theater sooner than I did. I find myself wondering why do we accept the trash that Hollywood feeds us, just because it’s sprinkled with bits of humor or played out by actors we enjoy watching? I certainly don’t mean this post to be attacking or judgmental. In fact, I know several people who I love and highly admire who enjoyed the movie very much. I just find that as I become older, I’m becoming more a woman of conviction, and I’m happy that that’s the case. One of the many things that really tripped me out about the movie is the number of youth and children who were watching this filth play out on screen – dysfunctional relationships, warped values, lots of profanity, sexual immorality, etc. Trust me, I’m not naive enough to think I was the only Christian in the whole theater. So why do we pay good money to see this junk, allow our kids to see it, and then we’re surprised that even though we’re bringing up our kids in church they still have no idea what it means to be “set apart.”

That’s not I want for my family. I want to “pass” on some things – many things – even though they may be mainstream and no one else around us will see a problem with it. I really want to set an example for my children and put Romans 12:2 in action in our lives: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” When Olivia, Farrah and Callie get older, I want them to be feel totally comfortable declining invitations for events that aren’t “right” for them. I want them to feel justified dismissing themselves from the company of others who aren’t “right” for them. And it starts now, through the example that Ray and I set for them. They need to know that it’s okay to walk out of a movie that they’re finding to be inappropriate, but moreover, they have to know what “inappropriateness” is. We accept a lot of inappropriate presentations and dismiss it as “oh, it’s just a movie”, and we let filmmakers convince us that movies have to be profane, etc. to depict a more accurate picture of whatever it is they’re trying to get across, to make the characters appear more genuine, if you would. No thank you. I see what you’re selling, and I’m not buying it.

I’m certainly not perfect, but the Bible calls us to be holy, and I do intend to put this into practice as often as I’m strong enough to do so.

Happy Birthday to me! I had fun celebrating!

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