Respect His Name

by Mike Mazzalongo   •   1 min

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I'm on a one-man crusade against the movie industry. Here's why. The rating system will give a movie an R rating for graphic violence, sex, or repeated use of the dreaded "F" word, but relegates the profaning of the Lord's name to a benign PG13 slot.

It seems that blasphemy against God is less pervasive to a young viewer than common vulgarity or simulated sex. What's even more insulting is that it is always Jesus' name that they choose to utter in anger, fear or surprise. There would be powerful outcry if the name of some other religious leader or icon were used, but the Christ of God is fair game for movie makers.

Of course, as Christians we're the dupes. Some screenwriter will purposefully put blasphemy in an actor's mouth and we'll just sit there and do nothing because we want to see what happens in the rest of the movie.

Well, enough! I like movies but not enough to put up with some irreverent "artist's" use of my Lord's name without any response from me.

It may not be much but at whatever point in the story His lovely name is improperly used – the video is off, the channel gets changed, the Mazzalongos walk out of the theatre in protest. Hey, we may even ask for our money back. That may get Hollywood's attention.


P.S. Here is a list of websites and apps that can be used to verify in advance the context of any movie or TV program along with tools to filter out objectionable material if you watch or stream movies at home.

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Chris Hill
Minister, Luther Church of Christ