As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I want to highlight some of the comments that have been left on my blog posts during the past week. Hopefully, this will give more visibility to some of the reasons that I love blogging – dialog and interaction.
These comments all come from the five posts that were part of the “Three Views on Christians and Horror” project:
Brandon left this comment:
I don’t watch horror movies because I just don’t like being scared, and my wife even less.
I think there may be a confusion in the question. Many people may be relating the obviously immoral elements of some horror movies and super-imposing them on the genre. But we no more think of a comedy as being equal to nudity, although the genre of comedy would certainly have its share of 18A & R ratings.
But speaking of horror, lest we have any double speak about the genre- Left Behind or any movie, writing, or book depicting the return of Christ and the resultant terribleness of the unbelieving world and the judgment, is employing horror as a genre. It is obviously employed for the purposes of evangelism. No horror movie could compare to the horror of being left behind at the return of Christ.
I believe that in this age, God is raising up Christians to go into the highways and byways to reach unbelievers. I met a Christian who is going into psychic fairs and new age conferences, speaking the languages of those cultures to reach people with God’s love. Why not horror if it is written with excellence, exposing sin but not glorifying it? Godspeed, Alan. The English Teacher
I agree with Jason’s post. It reflects the heart of God throughout scripture. Also, fear opposes faith, and it’s impossible to please God without faith. This is not a “should I or shouldn’t I” issue, but why would a believer want to indulge in something that is in such opposition to the heart, nature, and character of God? Horror (and porn as the link discusses) is about as low as you can go as a human being, much less a believer indwelt by the living God.
Being Zombophobic from early childhood and still presently under treatment, both my fear of Zomboid reprisals and my doctor’s advice have prevented me from participating. (Thankfully, it was obvious that Jason offers the only reasonable view, so it wasn’t necessary to say so myself).
While your questions here, Alan, do provide a “safe” way to discuss differences and how we treat each other over them, I still found it hard to feel any investment, because I really have no interest at all in Zombies (nor in horror genre of any ilk). Maybe that was your purpose, to provide a safe topic to discuss how we interact on differences.
Another thing missing was having someone post opposing views to each of the three where they misrepresent/distort what the other side said, and you’ll perhaps have a more realistic landscape of differing positions among Christians.