With Halloween right around the corner, I thought this would be an appropriate time to write something slightly different than what I normally write. Today, I want to share with you all why I, as a Christian woman, made a choice to quit watching scary movies.
For years I was a horror movie junkie. I just couldn’t get enough of it. But, my love of horror changed a few years ago. One day, it was honestly like God flipped a switch in my brain. I just became so abundantly aware of what I was allowing to enter my mind and I gave up scary movies for good. There was no gradual process for giving up the horror flicks. I made a choice that day to not watch them, and I haven’t since. So, without further ado, here are my reasons why:
- Too many scary movies are border-line porn
As is with most television and movies today, too many scary movies are becoming way too pornographic. I think Christians often think that if there is a scene in a show or movie that’s pornographic, it is somehow different than watching an actual porno. It really isn’t any different at all. If you’re watching two people have sex in a movie that appears in your local theater, it is the same as buying an adult film. When it comes to horror, well, there is quite a bit of sex and nudity and that’s not something I want to watch.
- I don’t want to watch people beg and suffer
This was probably the biggest reason I gave up horror films. In so many scary movies, people are literally begging for their life. While I know these folks are actors, I have to ask myself, why do I find that entertaining? Why do I want to watch people being tortured and killed? If you think about it, it probably isn’t promoting spiritual and mental health. Actually, it’s probably doing the exact opposite.
- Becoming immune to evil
With the exception of a few old-school monster movies, most scary movies use evil as entertainment. Whether its witchcraft, murder, or something else…there is almost always evil in scary movies. Personally, I think when we watch this stuff as entertainment; we become immune to real life evil. And honestly, Christians like me and my dear grandma who take stuff like witchcraft very seriously are often laughed at. Perhaps it’s because we associate things like witchcraft and séances with the movies.
- If Jesus was sitting right next to me…
When I was younger my dad used to ask me, “Kristin, if Jesus were sitting right next to you, would you be comfortable with what you were doing? If the answer is ‘no’, you probably shouldn’t be doing that thing.” If Jesus were coming to your house for dinner and a movie, would you feel comfortable putting in Saw? Just something to think about…
- My own mental and spiritual health
This will be my last point. And yes, this is personal to me. All the scary movies I was watching were starting to have a negative effect on my mental and spiritual health. I was having trouble sleeping. When I would fall asleep, I almost always had night terrors that would wake me up in the middle of the night. I got to a point where it was like I was addicted to these movies. I needed to watch something scary at least once a day just to function. At first, the adrenaline rush I would get from these startling movies was fun, but then I started wanting more and that terrified me. I’m not implying I was going to turn into some homicidal maniac, but I just didn’t like what was happening in my own mind. I didn’t like the kind of thoughts that were coursing through my brain. So, I quit. It’s that simple.
Per usual, I’m going to wrap all this up. Perhaps I’m just a rare breed and I’m extremely sensitive to these kinds of things. I’m not sure I believe watching a scary movie is a sin, but I’m not sure it isn’t either. If you enjoy horror films and are a disciple of Christ, all I ask is that you pray about it and ask God for discernment and wisdom. Any questions, comments, or concerns, I am available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you all!