Hey y’all! So fairly often I receive interesting comments that prompt a post and today is one of those times. A man recently commented on a post I wrote about Christians and horror movies, and in it he left a link about why Christians should LOVE horror movies such as The Conjuring and The Exorcist.
Of course this sparked my curiosity. So I read the post to see what he had to say. And this is my response.
Let me first say that while I’ve heard of The Conjuring and The Exorcist, I definitely have never had a reason to know anything about them. So first I went over to Google and found out what they’re actually about.
In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn and Roger Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house’s macabre history.
When young Regan starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest, however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job.
Now addressing the post linked to my article. Wow.
I didn’t shut the post down because I didn’t understand the title; I went over to his blog and read the whole thing.
I first want to say this: have you ever had a time where you just had a feeling that something wasn’t quite right? Yeah, that’s how I felt reading the entire article cheering on horror movies.
His arguments didn’t come from someone whose worldview comes from the Word of God.
This man (who says he’s a pastor) claims to love darkness and horror. My conscious was nagging at me the entire time saying, This is not right.
You can’t say you’re a Christian and be a lover of darkness. You just can’t. It’s a complete oxymoron.
Talking about Christians loving The Conjuring and The Exorcist.
These are both R-rated supernatural horror movies. Since I have never watched them, I can’t say that I know everything there is to know about them.
However, I can look at resources on what these movies exactly cover and decide whether or not I would choose to watch them myself. And I wouldn’t. Why?
1. We have been rescued from darkness.
These may have a “good conquers evil” storyline, but is it really necessary to sit through 2 hours of gore and terror to get to that? Is placing demon-possessed people in front of our eyes for entertainment REALLY the best we could be doing as God’s people?
I really don’t think so.
2. Inviting in influences… is that what you want to risk?
The spiritual realm is very real, and I highly believe that what we watch, read, or listen to can and will negatively affect us.
Watching a movie about exorcism and possession… can you honestly say that couldn’t sound like an invitation?
It’s frightening to think about, but demons are real. They LOVE things that are dark and scary and evil… the exact opposite of our Lord and Savior!
3. Playing with evil isn’t a game that Christians should play.
We have been rescued, guys. Rescued! Why should anything evil hold any appeal to us?
A lot of Christians jump into the world of horror because it seems fun or exciting. Maybe they aren’t doing these things themselves (such as getting possessed), but they are more or less participating by watching it on a TV screen.
To wrap us this post, I want to focus on the good.
For me personally, I don’t want to watch The Conjuring or The Exorcist. What are your thoughts?