We have a lock-in coming up this weekend, and I’d love your input on something.
Ever seen the movie “To Save A Life” with your youth group? I know this was a popular trend when it came out a few years ago, but I’m wondering about a few pieces of the movie and its effects.
- Early on in the film, the main character is shown taking his shirt off to have sex with his girlfriend and diving into bed with her. It’s certainly one step further than an implied closing of the door.
- At one point in the movie, the main character critiques the youth group for a game where they drink soda out of someone’s sock. His stance is they should be about something more meaningful than that.
- A pastor’s kid is portrayed as a drug-selling cynic who takes up space in the back row.
I know we live in a culture where all of that isn’t a big deal to kids who regularly watch everything from The Walking Dead to Glee. However, I wonder if even “not a big deal” scenes mean something more when a youth group puts something up on the screen. Could a Christian movie like this (with its great message) set up kids in a negative way?
I’ve pondered that while considering if we let our high school students watch this movie:
- Would church parents have trouble with a movie where the boy and his girlfriend are shown making out and taking the steps that lead into sex?
- Would students become forever critical of anything goofy game we do in the future that actually has a point?
- Would the stereotype that pastor’s kids live under only be amplified?
To top it off, the movie centers around the theme of how a teen’s suicide affects another student.
Sure, our youth groups can always watch Napoleon Dynamite, the Princess Bride or any other old standby flick. I’m wondering if those are “safer” than a Christian movie with some edge.
Is “safe” even the goal? Likewise, are we so geared up to “be real” that we don’t think about how unnecessarily raw we’re being?