The movie “Act of Valor” is being recommended by conservative pundits such as Rush Limbaugh and Michael Medved, and though I haven’t seen the movie I have read reviews and I want to make two comments about it.
First, we don’t need the public airing of military tactics. I am glad for the brave, highly-trained special forces men who are on the front lines of America’s military, and it is too bad that their hands are so tied by lack of wisdom and self-serving on the part of the political leaders and by the lawyerized, feminized, homosexualized military itself, but that is a judgment of God on America because of her wickedness and apostasy. We can’t change those conditions, but we don’t need to help the enemy by airing military tactics. I thought that one of the mottos of the Seals is “never seen,” but they are anything but not seen lately. A slew of books and documentaries have been published, and though they are edited to withhold some secrets, they still give away tactics and there can be no doubt that they help the enemy. The airing of military secrets needs to stop! The world shouldn’t even know that the Seals were behind the killing of Bin Ladin. We shouldn’t know anything about their tactics. Nothing!
Second, God’s people don’t need to watch R-rated movies. We need to stop following in lock-step a few degrees behind the world. Just because something is patriotic and soul-stirring and has some redeeming features doesn’t make it right and acceptable before God. Christians are first and foremost citizens of a heavenly country, and we are to be a holy people unto the Lord. We are to be light and salt to this confused, sin-cursed society. We are to march to a different drummer. A love for the pop culture is at the very heart of the break-down in separation and holiness and the lack of spiritual discernment that is opening the door for worldly music and other things to enter the homes and churches. Pastors who watch R-rated movies are setting a terrible example for their families and their congregations and their neighbors. They are on a slippery slide toward ever-increasing worldliness and sensuality. The Word of God exhorts us to set NO wicked thing before our eyes (Psalm 101:3). We are to have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather to reprove them (Ephesians 5:11). We are to abstain from ALL appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). We are to lay apart ALL filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness (James 1:21). There is not an R-rated movie that passes those tests. According to the reviews and ratings, this movie includes plenty of cursing and profanity as well as bikini-clad women. The Bible says that lusting after women is an act of fornication (Matthew 5:28). Further, God will hold those accountable who are guilty of taking His holy name in vain (Exodus 20:7). To hear cursing and not expose and condemn it is to be a partner with those who are guilty of this sin (Prov. 29:24).
(Friday Church News Notes, March 2, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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