Hey guys! Over a month ago I wrote a post titled Should Christians Watch Stranger Things? Since writing that it has quickly become one of my most-read posts, and so I decided, why not write a part 2?
I received some really interesting feedback from writing about Stranger Things. Some of y’all said that you stay away from the show, some said that you really enjoy it. I’m going to take a look at both perspectives and dig a little deeper as to what really is covered in the Netflix show that claims to be a global phenomenon.
We covered a brief beginning of season 1 in the first post. Let’s jump back in with a little bit about season 2.
“Despite returning from the Upside Down in season one, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) has been unable to shake his connection to this shadow dimension. It turns out that he’s being targeted by a massive smoke monster of sorts, nicknamed the Mind Flayer by Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and friends. A third of the way through the season, the Mind Flayer possesses Will, turning him into an unwitting “spy,” all while sowing roots throughout the underground of Hawkins in an apparent plan to bring the Upside Down right-side up.
For their part, Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) are incredibly proactive in the new fight against the Upside Down. Hopper is the one who discovers the subterranean threat spreading underneath Hawkins, while Joyce immediately senses trouble within her son and sets about unraveling the meaning behind the “shadow in the sky,” which she’s able to see thanks to the help of a video recording and some tracing paper.
The season winds down with all roads converging on the same mission: Eleven returns to Hawkins and finally reunites with Mike, just in time to use her telekinetic powers to destroy the Mind Flayer’s reach from the Upside Down. Unfortunately, she arrives too late to save Bob Newby (Sean Astin), Joyce’s new boyfriend who ends up getting killed by the “demodogs,” the four-legged monsters who share a hive-mind attachment with the Mind Flayer. At least Will finally seems free of his connection to the Upside Down, once the portal closes, and after his loved ones are able to essentially burn the possession out of him.”
So that’s basically how season 2 starts and finishes.
In my first post I shared some facts about Stranger Things, such as the cursing, drinking, drug use, teenage sex, dark supernatural elements, experiments on children, and horror-thriller government conspiracies.
Is this a show for Christians?
Many of the themes covered in Stranger Things are blantantly forbidden in Scripture. If over and over again in the Bible we’re told to stay away from sin… should our entertainment be celebrating it?
The problem with Christians watching shows like Stranger Things is that they think they can because of freedom in Christ.
Freedom in Christ is about being free from sin… fear, worry, despair, anger, deceit.
Not exactly freedom to do whatever you want.
Is watching Stranger Things a personal decision that anyone should be able to make?
The thing is, a non-Christian does not claim to follow God. They haven’t proclaimed God as their personal Lord and Savior, and so they aren’t under any obligation to follow His laws.
Christians, on the other hand, have promised to seek God and turn away from their own desires.
A TV show that broadcasts sin… isn’t exactly following up on your promise to make Jesus your Lord.
We all fail and do things we later regret. We all have to ask forgiveness. Rest assured, NO ONE does everything right once they become a Christian!
Stranger Things… Netflix’s biggest hit and the current most popular show in the country.
Is it worth looking over some things to be able to watch it?
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 16-17