The Christian Crystal Myth

Or “The Danger of Distance”

Yes, that word above is “myth” not meth. That would be really strange.

What I want to talk about has nothing to do with crystal meth, or at least, very little.

But I do want to ask you if you have believed a myth regarding crystals… specifically LED crystals. 

You see, about 50 years ago there was a big push in Christian circles to outlaw movie theaters. My school banned them, many other christian institutions outlawed them, and many churches decried them regularly.

Eventually, however, a lot of Christians were watching the same movies, or even worse, in their own homes. In one sense, we could consider this home entertainment even more dangerous because a Christian leader would watch or even own movies that he would be ashamed to be seen viewing publicly. I still remember as a child visiting the home of a pastor whom I greatly respected and seeing on his shelf some movies that I had not been allowed to watch. My poor little self was quite surprised! Perhaps you too feel you have the right or liberty to watch things that your church or other Christians don’t approve of. Maybe there is even some sort of argument to be made there. 

However, when something inappropriate pops up on your screen or newsfeed, is your first reaction to look around to see who is watching? Do you note if your door is closed or if there is anyone behind you? Do you arrange viewing angles to make sure that your co-workers can’t see your LED screen? If so, you might have fallen into the Crystal myth. 

You and I, as believers, would probably never go to a night-club, yet we allow ourselves to watch movies and shows with brief scenes from those places. We would probably never consider going to certain concerts, or visit certain beaches, but we allow those same things right into our minds through our screens. We would never let a friend or co-worker personally share the sordid details from his weekend party, but we absorb the same things with our viewing habits. 

Do verses such as apply differently or not apply at all when viewed through a screen?

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes;

why then should I think upon a maid?

1 Cor. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Heb. 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

1 Thes. 4:3-5 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

Please understand, I am not claiming to be perfect, so I post this as much for myself as for anyone else. My plea is simply that would not view things through a screen that we would be ashamed to see in person, and thus fall into the crystal myth. 

I have found many helpful resources on this site 

I even use their software on all of my devices! 

So what’s stopping you? 

PS. They are not paying me for this. I just sincerely do hope it helps someone.