Day 3167 – No Movies With Nudity – What’s That Like Practically?

I’ve talked about not watching movies with nudity in the past.

When I look into a movie to see if it has nudity or not, I check out IMDb and Plugged In. Sometimes I can get a good answer on IMDb but the details are user generated, so I have to wait until after the movie is in theaters. Plugged In is very detailed in what happens, what’s shown, and what topics are covered in the movie.

A few nights ago, something popped up in my online scrollings about Ready Player One. Dude, I LOVED the book so much that I read it twice. I’ve been super excited about the movie. So I thought, let me see if anything has been posted yet about the content. Oh friends, what disappointment was I met with when I saw in the rating itself – partial nudity. Now, I have NO idea what this entails. There is some adult content in the book, and I could see nudity being present.

When I mentioned this to Bret, he mirrored my disappointment (as he read the book too on my prompting) but he said something that really struck me and reminded me why I don’t watch nudity.

Jen – ugh, it’s probably just a funny butt shot or something.
Bret – Isn’t my butt enough for you?
Jen – That THE whole reason why I don’t want to see nudity!

See, one of the bigger reasons I don’t watch nudity is because I want my mind clear for only Bret. I mean, even Jesus cautions us:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
Matthew 5:27-30 ESV

I want to take Jesus at His word and cut out my eye (not watching nudity) so there is less temptation to lust after someone who isn’t my husband. My marriage is much more important to me than watching the latest movie.

We’ll see what this partial nudity turns out to be and if I’ll actually watch it, but at the end of the day it’s just not worth it.


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Day 2408 – Should A Christian Watch A Show/Movie With Nudity? (i.e. Game Of Thrones, Deadpool, etc)

One thing I pride myself on this blog is that I put EVERYTHING out there. I haven’t hidden my drinking problem. I haven’t hidden our financial struggles. I also share all the good things too. At the end of the day, I want this blog to be an honest record of our marriage and what we’ve gone through. I’m not here to tell you what to do. Your mind is your mind, not mine. All I want to do is share MY journey through this topic. It is all out of love.

I briefly shared that we stopped watching nudity back in October of 2014. We were both convicted after reading 12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ by John Piper. And this post popped up in my search for a sermon this morning – Seven Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Deadpool’.

So this post is a “how is it going?” and a plea for other Christians to consider this. We continue to not watch movies with nudity. This has had profound impact on our lives, particularly, our thoughts. Before, I found myself replaying scenes with nudity in my mind. It’s crazy how stuck they can get there! Now, if I accidentally see nudity, it almost makes me sick to my stomach. I think of it like removing/decreasing sugar from your diet. If you rarely have sugar, you feel sick when you have it. I can also see how much it was filling my mind and how much it doesn’t now.

A few months back, when the Deadpool red band trailer was released, I excitedly started to watch it. Not even thinking….hmmmm, this is a red band trailer, why is it red? Before I knew it, there was the nudity. I still have those images in my head and I wish I didn’t.

How is this practically and emotionally? Well, I have to say, sometimes it really really stinks. I was excited to see Deadpool. I’m a HUGE fan of comic book movies. This one looked fantastic. There is a part of me that’s sad when I see the posts and media pop up about Deadpool. I get bummed out when I hear about a great show or movie someone saw, but after looking it up online, see that it has nudity. There is a part of me that is sad at these things. But on the flip side, there is so much more room in my mind now.

In my testimony, I said this – “Now that alcohol is not in my life, there’s room for God to be the most important thing. I now love to be near God, I have such a desire for him and his word. Because I’m not hungover, I can listen to sermons nearly every day and have clarity as I listen. Do you remember how I missed out on evening devotions with Bret? Well, now he’s listening to most of those sermons with me. Our faith is the number one thing we talk about now.”

I feel the same way about cutting out nudity.

Again, I’m not here to tell you what to do. Your mind is your mind, not mine. All I want to do is share MY journey through this topic. It is all out of love.