Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Don't Cause Your Sister to Stumble

When I posted a book review on Saturday, I mentioned a new ratings system that I am going to use on my fiction reviews (and non-fiction if it's merited) here on this site and on 5 Minutes for Mom.

Last week Lindsey said, "Sharing my life can sometimes be a tricky thing on the blawg." She worried what some people might think when she shared a positive review of a movie she just watched (that was rated PG!). I often think the same thing. Yes, partly I don't want to be judged, but also I go back to the fact that I don't want to lead others astray, and I think that causes me to hold back sometimes.

I have been thinking about this for a while. Please read my post over at Faithlifts to find out more reasons why I think that this is so important. I'd love to hear your personal convictions in this area as well.


Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

Great post. I left my comment over there.

And thanks for visiting my place today with a comment so that I could find you! :)

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

Great post (I came back after reading the Faithlifts post). I've been thinking about rating my book list in my sidebar. For example, The Time Traveler's Wife is one of the worst books I have read this year when it comes to "romantic" scenes and language. I am really disappointed in myself for finishing it. I have it listed on my blog because I read it, but I want to warn people about it as well. I am going to have to think of a way to do this too. Great thoughts!

L.L. Barkat said...

We want to keep others from stumbling, yes. But I remember that Jesus was a stone that made people stumble. Meaning, I believe there is a place for truth to speak, and sometimes this truth will be uncomfortable.

Indeed, I was talking to someone the other day about this issue of what a Christian can read (or write), and I found myself saying that the beginning of grace is always the exploration of truth.

That can be a pretty messy process. But again, Jesus never shied away from uncovering the truth, on the path towards grace. I find that literature can often uncover truth more powerfully than other things.

summershine said...

Life is full of uncomfortable circumstance, unfairness and evil. It is also full of happy circumstance, justice and good.
Without the bad, how would we come to appreciate that which is good? This rings true in real life and in stories. Stories portrayed in movies and books are a huge part of many peoples learning.
And just because a book or a movie portrays something situationally uncomfortable or bad, doesn't mean the book or movie itself is bad.
I think it's great that your implementing a ratings system for those who may be more sensitive to certain subject material. I know there are certain types of material I would not feel comfortable reading but (and I would hope I'm not alone), I wouldn't judge you simply because you didn't share my sensitivities or standards.

summershine said...

Whoops, forgot to read your Faith Lifts post first.
Well said.

April said...

I just hopped over to faithlifts and back. I personally believe it is good and right to be careful with our freedoms. We wouldn't want a weaker brother to violate his conscience and sin. It is encouraging to know you love your bloggers enough to hold back, it is our duty as fellow believers. Great Post!

BTW, thanks for stopping by and posting. Blessings to you.

Carrie said...

Ok! Good to know. I guess I don't think too much about how a review will affect someone else but I can see why you would want to forewarn people. I appreciate your efforts! Thanks.