“All movies are manipulative.”
Mark Kermode, film critic, BBC Radio 5 live, 23 November 2012
Every movie has an agenda, and uses visual and sound techniques to manipulate you to think, act, and/or especially feel in a particular way. It is all about stirring the thoughts and the emotions that the producers want you to experience. The whole point of the genre is to create an experience, to stimulate a particular response in the viewers.
A movie does not primarily use propositional truth to challenge you, it uses visual tricks to manipulate you. Unless you are alert to the tricks of the trade, you will follow wherever it leads and may not even realise what it is doing to your thinking. The result may (rarely) be good thoughts and good emotions, but good or bad, your thoughts and emotions are not the result of conscious decision by you but by the person pulling the strings.
God has entrusted money to your care. You can use it for many Biblical purposes such as:
- Provide for the needs of your family.
- Help a Christian brother or sister in need.
- Save for future needs.
- Build an inheritance for your children.
- Give something nice to someone for no reason but kindness.
- Give to the financial needs of your church or another ministry.
- Use it for a rest break from your responsibilities.
- Pay for a rest break for someone else.
- Buy something that will save you time so that you have more time for serving the Lord in whatever roles and responsibilities He has given you.
Or, you can spend a lot of money on a regular basis to be manipulated. The people who pull the strings while your thoughts and emotions dance to their tune don’t love the Lord, they love the world. They don’t value what you value, and they want you to think and act for their financial benefit, or to help change society to fit their views, or both.
I John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.