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Question and Answer

My wife and I have been reading a devotional tract which mentioned the film Schindler’s List. We believe that attending movies featuring unsaved actors is wrong. Monies earned by the film go to ungodly people. What is your opinion according to God’s Word?

This question is too complex for me to handle in a paragraph or two. If you had not included the words, “according to God’s Word,” it might be a bit more straightforward. For this column, I will isolate two issues your question raises.

The first issue is whether it is right for a Christian to attend movies (any movies). The second issue is whether it is right to patronize any business that earns money for ungodly people. Since not many good actors are Christians—and few if any movies feature an all-Christian cast—your question really deals with attending any movies. My answer to this first issue is too long for this column, but let’s look at the second question: “Should we patronize any business that pays salaries to non-Christians?”

Throughout generations, some Christians have thought it wrong to own policies in mutual insurance firms. Others have refused to make any purchases on Sunday, including buying gas or going out for ice cream after church, so that they are not encouraging others to work on Sunday. The moral issues involved in all these cases, including the issue that you raise, are best addressed in the Scripture passages that discuss Christian liberty, conscience, and decision-making (1 Cor. 5:9-12 and Rom. 14).

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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