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Should Christians Watch Anime?

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!

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

John 1:12 ESV

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.

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Let it Go

(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)

Let it go, let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore. Turn away and slam the door.

This song has been ringing a lot these days. Admit it, you like the song. I like it, too. The beat, the lyrics, and everything of it. The sisterhood essence of the movie Frozen has contributed greatly to its success, and well, the story is heartwarming.

We encounter events in our life on which we feel like we can’t hold it any longer–the pressure, the problems, the issues, and personal matters. Count me in, will you? Because I do have such events in my life, too. I’m a human being alright, and thank God, I’m a Christian woman.

If we feel pressured to the point that we can’t hold back anymore, what do we do? Cry? Give up? Or do we simply ignore the feeling–a passivity? If you’re going to ask me, I rather cry than ignore it. I don’t really recommend passiveness. Passivity is never been good. And oh, please forgive me God, for I am quite a victim of this trap!

Anyway, how about we try to twist some words…

Let it go. Let it go! Don’t hold it back anymore. Turn around and pray to the Lord~

I think I didn’t quite rhyme the lyrics but, oh well, rhyming isn’t the point here. My point is the context of the whole thought. Even though I like the song, I don’t agree with the whole context of the message, I mean, why would you turn away and slam the door–from who? From everyone else? That’s isolation, isn’t it? I don’t think that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross just to isolate ourselves in the end.

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A Cosplayer Who Abandoned Costume Play

(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)

Cosplay is the shortened term for “costume play.” A cosplay event then is a gathering where anime lovers, fanatics, and cosplayers engage together for fun and activities. It’s an event where colored wigs are worn everywhere. Youths wear gigantic costumes and weapons, and each of them are portraying the anime character of their choice. Some years ago, I was one of those youths. A cosplayer.

Hello, that’s me in purple, by the way.

I was an anime freak, err, fanatic. I think I can categorize myself as “otaku” way back before. I really loved watching cosplays. Honestly, my friend and I used to watch cosplay events every now and then. When I was a freshman in college, I joined an anime club at my university. I used to attend our club meetings and participate in our team buildings.

And sometimes, when there was a cosplay event happening in the mall, all of us in the anime club, organized by our Club President, would go together in that cosplay event. I remember back then that we rented a jeepney just to cater all of us.

Every time I went to a cosplay event, I used to wear clothes that would reflect the event. My friends used to tell me, “Are you cosplaying, too?” That’s how fanatic I was, to a point that I wanted to be like them—the animes or the cosplayers. We would watch the event together, and we would sit together, shouting and giggling every time we see a favorite cosplayer.

Then I came to a point in my life that I wasn’t just watching the event. I was PART of the cosplay event! I cosplayed. My friend (I call her Tine) was very supportive of me and she helped me from start to finish. To both of us, it was a breakthrough that I would do the costume playing. In fact, I wasn’t just going to walk around to flaunt my costume, but I actually joined the contest. I had my own acting script and I went on stage—in front of many judges and people whom I don’t know. I walked on stage with the demeanor of a man, with the grace of a noble, and bearing with me the arrogant yet sophisticated act. I even threw a red rose to the audience at the final scene and I heard everyone shouting and giggling—but to the present me, I find it disturbing (insert sighing here).

On that day I wasn’t myself, I was somebody else. I wasn’t a woman, I was a man. I kept reminding myself that it wasn’t me, that I was portraying the character which people loved, and therefore, I should satisfy their desire to look at me as if I was really that anime character, and then completely abandon my own. I thought it was alright, that it wouldn’t offend God. Why would God be offended? I couldn’t understand why He would. Because as long as I didn’t hurt anyone, I’m good. We’re good. But I was wrong.

Why is God offended?

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Is watching anime a sin?

A teenager once asked, “Is anime a sin? ‘Cause I’m trying to love God more. I know war is a sin, but what if you’re going for the good guys. Or what if it’s just a regular anime?”

Here’s my point. Literally, watching anime is not a sin. Yeah, right. In fact, I’m writing a book about it wherein I discuss the matter more specifically. Watching anime is just like you’re watching an indie film, or Discovery Channel,  wherein you acquire some information and at the same time you are being entertained. If I’m going to directly answer the question “Is watching anime a sin?” then the answer is no. However, there are many things to consider when it comes to anime. There are several “but” about this matter. In a more literal sense,  anime itself is not a sin but the way you handle your emotion while watching anime is another thing. That is just one of the many cases. Because there are many.

People, especially teenagers, who are hooked up with Japanese animation consider this merely as a form of entertainment. I do not argue about that, anyway, since it’s the fact. However, everyone must consider that if watching anime replaces your responsibilities and quiet time with God, then you are totally guilty in the eyes of the LORD. Watching anime becomes a sin when you spend time on it more than you spend time with God. Uh-oh. I don’t want to sound like a preacher here, but, I have to include a verse that supports my claim.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 ESV)

It is God’s command that we should meditate on His word. Not only that, it says day and night. If we read the scriptures then we will know the principles of God and the things that pleases Him, including the things that displeases Him. God is not pleased when His children are so busy doing other things, when in fact He should be prioritized above anything else.

In this case, if you are watching anime and spending more time on it, then let me ask you a question: are you spending a quiet time with God? Can you compare your prayer time from how long you’re watching anime stuffs?

If you want to love God more then you should be more concern of how to grow your relationship with the Father. We should not try to love God. But we should love God with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our soul. That is the greatest commandment of the LORD!

I was once an anime lover before, and honestly, I cosplayed, too. And this is a viewpoint of a former cosplayer who abandoned the animeland in the pursuit of following Christ…

“If watching anime is your priority in life, if you spend more time on it than anything else, then I tell you for certain, it is indeed a sin. And you are accountable of it in the Judgment Day.”

All articles are written by Jenine Silos. Unless otherwise stated.