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Movies through a spiritual lens

Readers see films differently

I was disappointed with some of the movie choices recommended in the March issue of The Lutheran ("Making the most of movies"). In my opinion sexually explicit movies, whether heterosexual or homosexual, aren’t the type of movies we need to recommend to others. We need to support moviemakers who produce good and wholesome movies that also entertain, inspire and educate us—such as End of the Spear, Pride and Prejudice or Narnia. As part of the body of Christ, Christians are called to not only love one another as Christ loved us but to strive for righteous living. With that in mind we need to guard our eyes, ears and hearts against explicit lewd behavior and lifestyles that are in direct conflict with the word of God.

G. Prophet
Branson, Mo.

Most of these [recommended] movies are rated R or PG, most of them for sexual content. If there are any scenes that are uplifting, I’m sure they are drowned out by the things that aren’t. When you recommend R-rated movies in a Christian publication, you are not thinking of most families who read your magazine.

Jean Penrod
Hamilton, Mont.

I’m appalled that you included Brokeback Mountain in your review of movies. This movie is just another way of desensitizing the public to homosexuality. Paying to see the movie is condoning it and giving the green light to more movies of this caliber. As a lifelong Lutheran and former school social worker, I hope a church magazine would promote wholesome family movies.

Shirley Lee McElhaney
New Bern, N.C.


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