What’s That Wednesday | Plugged In Entertainment Reviews from Focus on the Family
Our world is full of different media influences. From movies to music to video games. How do you navigate through it all? First of all, I want to say that I firmly believe each person needs to ask God what his standard for media in their home. I think before we enter into the minefield of entertainment that can be so corruptive, we need to know what are limit is, what we will set before our eyes, what we will allow into our ears and what messages we will permit to be swirling around in our minds. If you doubt the power of media upon your person, think again. There are many scriptures that prove the Lord does not desire us to be naive in what we partake in.
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
A great resource that we have found for aiding our media choices is Focus on the Family’s Plugged In Entertainment Reviews! They have all kinds of movie, tv show, music and game reviews on their website. They also have an app for your Iphone or Android.
One thing that I love about their movie reviews is that they break it down into the following categories:
- Positive Elements
- Spiritual Element
- Sexual Content
- Crude or Profane Language
- Drug and Alcohol Content
- Other Negative Content
Quite often we’ll skip over all the positive points, and the conclusion to ensure the storyline isn’t given away, but we review all of the other areas to make sure the movie fits within the boundaries that we have set for media consumption in our home.
Another fun feature on their website is “Movie Nights
“. They pick their best options for families (they have two sections, one for kids and one for teens) and then provide discussion questions to help your family get the most out of viewing the movie. We’ve looked at the sheets, and it doesn’t make the movie watching time into another class at school, they keep everything fun! Parents can just have the ideas in their mind for after the movie, instead of just reading off a sheet!
Recently we were trying to choose a movie and we watched a trailer for a certain film online. It looked funny, light-hearted and perfect for our at home date night. We turned it on and instantly were overwhelmed with overtly sexual conversation and an unexpected bedroom scene. That movie didn’t stay on longer than about six minutes! Being a little bit shocked at how we had stumbled onto that, we decided to reference Plugged In Reviews to see if they warned about this, since the trailer made it look like a family film! Of course the review would have protected us from that if we had check it out first. That was the last time we would view an unknown movie without checking Plugged In first!
All of these reviews are from a Christian standpoint, and their heart is to protect families and strengthen them. I appreciate the work that Focus on the Family does to “help families thrive”, as their motto is. I look forward to featuring their various ministries more in the future.
Enjoy your next family movie night!