War Rooming for Plugged In

Because most people have strong opinions regarding entertainment, as you might imagine, we get quite a few emails (and an occasional letter, believe it or not). Some are quite complimentary. Some not so much. It’s human nature to favor the praise over the crit. I know I do. But I can assure you, the latter group gets read and taken seriously. If you’re one of those who’ve written—no matter what you’ve communicated—thank you for doing so.

Sometimes, it’s not what we specifically write that strikes a nerve, but what we write about. And one recent movie hit a nerve in one of our readers that triggered this email:

My prayers are for you to have had to sit through film and review of Straight Outta of Compton.

I only read your article because a co-worker of mine stated he saw the movie and liked it. As a Christian black man, I am saddened at the plight of my people (as Apostle Paul stated regarding the Israelites) as we are being led down the wide road that leads to death.

There are a whole lot of men like me who are faithful husbands and fathers who are lifting up a standard. Sadly, the media won’t give it the attention that it deserves.

This film will continue to perpetuate the lie that enemy will wants to keep going in my community—rebel, sexual sin is OK and blame others for your plight. Thank God that Jesus set the captives free!

Basically, I’m praying for our nation and you as you continue to review these films.


Wow! John’s email may be my favorite of the entire summer—especially when it comes to his two references to prayer. “My prayers are for you to have had to sit through…” and “Basically, I’m praying for our nation and you as you continue to review these films.”

I’ve already expressed my appreciation for those who’ve written to us. But I also want to thank you if you’ve ever prayed for us, especially if you do so regularly. I’m confident that it helps us guard our hearts and opens increased ministry opportunities.

If, however, the thought has never crossed your mind, may I ask you to consider it? Perhaps, pray for us as you drive to work or before you lay your head on your pillow. Well, pray for us any time, but if you’ll combine it with something you do regularly, all the better! It’ll probably be easier to remember that way. The movie War Room, which opened last week, is all about prayer. It’s a great reminder that we in the faith community can truly move mountains if we take the time to intercede. Would you “war room” on behalf of Plugged In?

Thank you ahead of time for moving a few Plugged In-related mountains!

Who wrote this?

Bob Waliszewski is the director of the Plugged In department. His syndicated "Plugged In Movie Review" feature is heard by approximately 9 million people each week on more than 1,500 radio stations and other outlets and has been nominated for a National Religious Broadcaster's award. Waliszewski is the author of the book Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids With Love, Not War. You can follow him on Twitter @PluggedInBob.

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