The Clearplay Dilemma

If I had a quarter for every time I heard someone say about a movie “It’s good, but…” I’d probably be filthy rich.  Sadly, that doesn’t happen, and I don’t have a rich uncle, so I suppose I’ll have to settle for being a poor loudmouth on the internet.  Still, this is important.

Since Clearplay has become so popular, Christians have been expanding their film library.  New possibilities have been introduced, more worlds that we haven’t been able to explore before!  It’s exciting isn’t it?  Well, it is until you remember that we couldn’t explore them because of the fifty f-bombs, pornographic material, and obvious anti-Christian worldview.

Clearplay only takes care of two out of the three.

I think Clearplay is a great thing, I own one as a matter of fact.  However, I have seen Christians becoming more and more loose with what they allow themselves to watch as a result, because after all it is “filtered.”

Ok, we need to back up.

Have we stopped thinking about worldview?  Do we only care about sex and language?  I fear that we would immediately throw out anything that reaches a certain number of profanities, but would sit through someone telling us exactly why we shouldn’t be Christians.  How very holy of us.

And then there’s the lion that’s sleeping next to our kids.

“My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword … Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house.” – Proverbs 5:1-4, 8

But the couch next door is far enough away, right?

There’s a simple fact that we sometimes ignore about this machine, as helpful as it may be.  I’m going to say it with emphasis, so that you can’t miss it.


There’s no armed guard watching you as you put the movie in, no bomb that will explode if you watch it without filtering.  The adulterous woman is in your house, she’s just in a cage.  For now.  Doesn’t sound exactly like keeping your way far from her, does it?

Clearplay can be a useful tool, I’m not denying that.  I am saying, however, that if you need Clearplay in order to watch it, you shouldn’t own it.  If you really want to see it, do it old school: rent it.  It won’t kill you to not have that glorious, divine, and infallible film in your collection.  You will live, trust me.


Logan Judy
Logan Judy is a Christian blogger and science fiction author with a Batman complex. At Cross Culture, Logan writes about film, comics, cultural analysis, and whatever else strikes his fancy. In addition to his work at Cross Culture, Logan also blogs and podcasts at A Clear Lens. You can find him tweeting about Batman, apologetics, and why llamas will one day rule the world, @loganrjudy.
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2 thoughts on “The Clearplay Dilemma

  1. Phenomenal points – and if you’re not sure about it, don’t even rent it, borrow it from the library so that you don’t spend any extra money on it, just in case 😀

    I’ve personally been battling with myself on whether or not I even want to have a ClearPlay machine in my house once we have TV (down the road) for this very reason. I’m constantly culling my collection as it is even without this system. What I want to do (should I buy one) is to keep my collection limited to those movies i would only own if I DIDN’T have CLearPlay to filter them. That mentality puts a whole new spin on your view of your collection (or it should, anyway) which i think is the point you are getting to in your post:

    If you wouldn’t watch it without filtering, is it worth having around to begin with? I would suggest that it is not worth the risk to find out…

    • I’m a big fan of clearplay, so I would recommend having it. It is good to have for some things, for example I love The Book of Eli and it has a very pro-Christianity message, but it has a lot of profanity. It’s good to have for things like that, it’s just a good policy to rent a lot of the movies that need it (especially for sexual content) and not own them. But as you pointed out in your comment, if it needs filtering that bad, it’s not a good idea to have it around, especially if you have children in the house. Even if you can trust yourself (which we often have too high an evaluation of ourselves), it would be far too easy for your kids to become poisoned by these things, even accidentally.

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