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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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Be a Blessing to Others

Written by: Jenine Silos

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)

Indeed, as it is written, let your light shine before others and they will see God’s presence in your life, and the Father will be glorified.  God has purposes for everything, even with the smallest details in your life and in every action that you take. Yesterday night, I wrote an article in contribution to this site’s cause, WHY SUNDAYS ARE HAPPY DAYS?  One person immediately responded that she was blessed by the article, and I am thankful to God that he has used me for this cause, so that Him will be glorified.

And much to my surprise, as I opened my facebook account early this morning, someone I know (another person) has tagged me in her status update. Upon reading her post, my heart suddenly jumped in surprise and happiness. WHY? I am blessed to know that SHE is blessed with the article. Only two persons are blessed, yes, but two souls are every ESPECIAL to the Lord our God, so I am very blessed to have this opportunity to make articles that will bless others. God has inspired me to write articles that will please Him, and so be it, and all glory belongs to God alone. I do not boast, but in HIM I boast.

To quote the person’s post, in our language it says, “because of you, kaw jud naka encourage saku. gi try naku open sa fb n khen and message inbox then i click your name nagchat mo sat may nakita ko na site na ghatag nmo sa iya then i click nabsa naku yup tama ka neen Sundays are a Happy Days thank u so much sa pag encourage kay tungod gibaliwala naku ang pag simba sa kadaghan og reasons na konsensiya ko ug maau sorry Lord… ug daghan salamat sa pag encourage neen god bless always your the best writter…”

“Because of you. You’re the person who encouraged me. I tried to open Khen’s (her lover)  facebook to check the message inbox. I clicked your name and saw that the two of you have chatted last Saturday! Then I saw a site that you’ve recommended to Khen, so I clicked it and read the articles. Yes, you’re right, Neen. SUNDAYS are HAPPY DAYS. Thank you so much for the encouragement, I have disregarded going to church for so many reasons! I’m guilty, I am so sorry, Lord.  And thank you so much Neen for the encouragement, God bless you always. You’re the best writer….”

This girl and I aren’t close enough in personal. That’s why I always get surprise whenever she hit me messages. But I know her because she’s the lover of my mother’s friend, which is also a friend of mine, until she has become my friend, too. She’s very pretty but she has a life that I cannot condemn — for there is no condemnation in Christ. I am actually blessed at her testimonial, that she’s blessed with the article, that’s why I am writing this now — BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS. And you will see that the LORD our God is doing all these things.

It is not me. It is God. 

For I am just a person whom He has used to inspire others. And it is my pleasure to write for a cause, so that the Father will be glorified and all people will see His greatness and glory.

To the two persons who were encouraged by the article, Analyn and Chiaki, I just want to say that I am more blessed for knowing that you are blessed with the article which God has inspired me to write. I pray that the Lord our God will continue in touching your hearts.

I am your partner. Your partner in prayers.

God bless to all who is reading this article.

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