5 Christian movies on Netflix
As Christians we are called to a higher level of what we put into our hearts and minds and responsible for what comes out of our mouths and what is portrayed in our actions. It’s so easy today to get carried away by the mainstream media and sacrifice our values. We convince ourselves that the world is doing it, and maybe other Christians are even doing it, which should be doing it right. To the right? Wrong. Our Lord expects so much more from us.
Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that by testing you can discern what is the will of God, which is good, acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 2
The Lord does not call us to keep our hearts against the things of our world because he is a strict dictator, but because he loves us and wants to protect us; He wants us to protect ourselves. If we fill our minds and hearts with violent, sexual, or evil content, we fill our hearts and minds with things that are not pleasing to God. It can hinder our relationship with Him and prevent us from glorifying the Lord in our daily life. This does not mean that we should refrain from secular entertainment altogether; we just have to be vigilant in filtering out what we choose to watch and what we choose to listen to. In Proverbs 4:23 it says, “Above all else, keep your heart, for everything you do flows from it. That is to say, watch over the entrance to your heart; the door is where things can enter your heart. Be careful what you let in.
If we fill our hearts and minds with things that are not of God or that go against the truths of God, it corrupts our hearts. This will ultimately lead to these things coming out of our mouths and being portrayed in our actions, shaping how we think about the world and how we present Jesus to the world. When we choose to fill our minds and hearts with these things, we can become insensitive to the things that dishonor God and not even realize how damaging they can be.
For the mouth says what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34
On the contrary, when we fill our hearts and minds with the goodness of the Lord through uplifting and uplifting films or stories, representing the truths of God, then we are building ourselves and being able to share Jesus in a lost and wounded world. in a deeper way.
Do not let any corrupt speech come out of your mouth, but only that which is good to edify, according to the occasion, so that it can give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
In terms of movies, there are thousands to choose from and too many streaming services to count. The selection can be intimidating, and we can find ourselves scrolling endlessly and finally picking something that we might not really want to watch anyway, either that or just turning off the TV and finding something else to do. . Next time you’re craving a good, healthy movie, here are a few suggestions currently airing on Netflix. These films are clean and, for the most part, portray values that honor God.
1. Soul Surfer rated PG
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This is the true story of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), a gifted young surfer living in Hawaii. Teenager, she is caught in the mouth of a shark, losing her arm. Devastated at the idea of not going back to surfing, she resolves not to give up, despite her new challenges. She is encouraged and raised by her parents (Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid), who never leave her. After the devastating tsunami in Thailand in 2004, she joined a humanitarian trip to help with the restoration. She decides she’s going to use her tragedy for good. It is an uplifting story, full of hope and encouragement.
2. Marie-Madeleine Rate R
Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara) was a first-century woman who found herself engaged in an arranged marriage. She has a meeting with Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix) who changes her life and leaves everything behind to follow him despite the cultural norms of the time. With Jesus and his other disciples, she finds a place for herself and a sense of purpose. She is the only woman in the motley group of disciples and finds herself at the center of the most profound movements of all time.
This film only received a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been criticized for being more about Jesus than Mary. However, it is a very moving film about a woman who finds Jesus and gives up everything to follow him. The R rating can be a deterrent, and the film is not suitable for young people; however, violence is typical of what was the norm in the first century and what can be found in the Bible.
3. A week outside classified PG
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This movie is a Netflix original. A musical with a simple and sweet story about a Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) who is in trouble with the law. He has the choice of going into juvenile detention or attending a Christian summer camp; he chooses the latter. He doesn’t feel out of place and uncomfortable, but finds acceptance and love with a camp regular (Bailee Madison) as the summer progresses. It was the last place he expected to open his heart and find redemption. A Week Away is an easy watch with all the good feelings.
4. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone rated PG
It’s the story of former child actor Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton), who finds himself on the wrong side of the law after he trashes an Illinois hotel room. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and was assigned to cleaning the floors of a local church. When he learns that the church is working on a lavish Easter production, he finds his way and ends up being introduced as Jesus Christ. He ends up falling for the director (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), the pastor’s daughter (DB Sweeney), and must make a choice regarding his own faith. This film is light and simple – a wellness watch to fill you with all the warm blurs.
5. Blue Miracle Rated PG
Blue Miracle is a Netflix original film based on the true story of Omar (Jimmy Gonzales), who runs a cash-strapped orphanage in Cabo, Mexico with his wife Becca (Fernanda Urrejola).
When they go through difficult financial times and risk losing the orphanage, they have the rare opportunity to participate in a renowned fishing competition. The earnings could save the orphanage. They’re teamed up with a jaded fisherman, Wade (Dennis Quaid), who has two wins under his belt but isn’t keen on participating with a group of inexperienced youngsters. The story portrays difficulty and despair but is ultimately inspiring and depicts a great faith in a God who works miracles.
All of these films depict intrigues and stories honoring God. Even though God is not mentioned in a movie but portrays Christian attributes, it is a victory. Filling our hearts and minds with positive messages and watching as a family will uplift you and allow you to spread the love of Jesus to others. Watching movies where we see characters struggling but ultimately overcome by the power of God will encourage our children and give them strength and hope to overcome difficult trials in their own lives.
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Heidi vegh is a writer living in Gig Harbor, WA. She is remarried and a mother of four, navigating the blended family life following the loss of her first husband to cancer in 2013. She wants to use her writing as a way to encourage others who have gone through one. loss and guide them on the road to recovery. She contributes to her blog found at www.thebreathingmama.com, sharing stories and faith devotions stemming from her loss and healing, motherhood and her blended and complex blended family. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Creative Writing and English and is working on her first book. When not writing, she enjoys traveling, tinkering and experimenting in the kitchen. Visit his Facebook and Instagram (@breathingmamalife) to learn more.