Should Christians Watch Anime?
(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)
In my own opinion, when it comes to Christianity, this question can be a ‘yes’ and it can be a ‘no’. Everything I discuss here is just my perspective, an opinion mostly biased to my own experiences, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I force this insight to the readers. This, however, is something that every Christian needs to know. I hope I made this clear to everyone who is reading this. My purpose in writing this is only to make the readers, most notably Christians, evaluate their selves.
To me, Christians can watch anime for a simple reason that it doesn’t bring you to hell, just because you watch anime doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doomed to that place where gnashing of teeth and eternal fire is ever present. No, you won’t be doomed to hell just because you watch Naruto!
Before I proceed, let us first evaluate who we are. It is very important to note that we must know our real identity, when I say identity I do not mean our birth names, or our status in the world, what I mean is our identity in Christ.
Who Are We? What’s our Identity?
We’re Christians. We’re not just simply believers, are we? We’re born again in Spirit and in Truth. We are saved not because of our good works. We are saved notbecause we’re actively participating in church ministries—but we are saved because we believe and accept that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Salvation is about Christ who died for us on the cross for our redemption; His amazing grace and love for us. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who became a Man to fulfill the will of His Father who sits in the heavenly throne. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), and if we truly believe on that, we are freed from our tragic destiny—hell. But once we accept Jesus, we don’t only believe (James 2:20), but we follow Him, because you see, faith without action is dead. We become His, our old self has passed away and we become a new creation. That’s our identity! We are bought with a price–Jesus’ blood on the cross!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,
Now that we’re clear with our identity, let’s settle with the following question.
Is it wrong for a Christian to watch anime?
- No, it is not wrong. You don’t sin because you watch anime, or a movie, unless of course, if the anime you’re watching doesn’t conform to the will of the Father. What I mean is that, if you’re watching an anime that displays nudity, extreme worldly practices, and blasphemes God, it then becomes spiritually WRONG for a Christian to watch it. Come on, if you’re a real Christian and loves Christ, why would you love watching an anime that contradicts His teachings? It just doesn’t seem right.
- If you’re watching an anime only for entertainment, it isn’t wrong, too, as long as you’re not completely indulging yourself into it, to a point that you’re idolizing the characters and the unrealistic story that it presents. Remember, anime characters are purely fictional.