Not only can you worship God by watching a movie, but if you are going to watch movies you must worship God by watching them. Why? Because all of life should be worship to God. According to Paul, even eating and drinking should be worship to God, and everything else you do (1 Corinthians 10:31). This includes entertainment. But often times, we don’t worship God by watching movies because we don’t know how to reconcile our desire to be entertained and the command to worship. Think about it, out of all the movies you’ve seen in your life, how many did you use as an opportunity to worship your awesome God? We may have used the movie as an opportunity to worship something else (the actors, the director, the action, the comedy, the special effects, etc.), but if we’re honest with ourselves, most of the time movies aren’t occasions to worship the one who gave us life and salvation.
So, how can we worship God by watching a movie? Let me start by stating something that may be obvious to most of you: there are movies that we, as Christians, have no business watching, movies where the bad far outweighs any good you can justify in your mind. Having said that, the next time you watch a movie, here’s a plan for turning the experience into worship. First, identify the person who is supposed to be the hero in the story (this should not be difficult, it’s often the main character, though not always). Second, watch the hero very closely. Observe what he does and what he says, then try to determine his motives for doing what he does and saying what he says (most of the time the director wants you to understand the hero, so this should not be too cryptic). Third, when the movie is over, determine which of the hero’s choices and characteristics were honorable and good and which ones were foolish and wrong. Fourth, let your desire to hail and praise the hero (and, in many cases, your desire to be like the hero) drive you to Jesus as the greater Hero. Take all of the poor choices and shady character traits of the hero and remind yourself that none of them can be said of Jesus. Then, take all of the admirable choices and honorable character traits of the hero and remind yourself that Jesus exemplifies them perfectly. Fifth, and finally, take this as an opportunity to worship Jesus for being set apart from all others as the supreme Hero of heroes!