For the present generation of young fundamentalists, theater attendance is probably more fundamental than daily devotions. Most Christians, even those in relatively conservative circles, resent the suggestion that they should not attend movies. They are likely to bristle about what they call legalism, and they pride themselves upon the refinement of their spiritual discernment for the selection of theatrical amusements.
From the ten (and counting) pages of comments, you can already tell that Part One (which was only the conversation starter) has struck a nerve. Thankfully, someone had the sense to make the following comment.
I am surprised at all of the angst over the daily devotions comment. Perhaps he was overstating his case, but I am not so sure. Many Christians are probably more influenced by the culture of Hollywood through movies and television than by the scriptures. And if you consider that Dr. Bauder was including home movies through movie channels and the vcr/dvd player I would wonder how the ratios would stack up. For far too many of us Christians daily devotions consist of ten-fifteen minutes a day of Bible reading and less of prayer. And how many days are devotions missed? Compare that 70-100 minutes a week to watching just one home movie let alone the hours spent watching TV. I know that time spent is not completely indicative of value place upon an object, but that does not mean that it has no indication of how much we value things. I would also be willing to venture that most members of fundamentalist churches spend more money on Dvd purchases/rentals and cable tv bills than on books that help us study and understand our bible better. So just maybe Dr. Bauder’s comment was not that much of an overstatment afterall.
He has a point there.