Lifestyle changes in college
While my faith remained intact during college, much of my personal interpretation and lifestyle choices changed. I don’t think my views changed so much, as I finally had the freedom to make my own choices. Growing up I never considered secular music inherently wrong for example. In fact, (confession time), I used to listen to a popular local talk show and music stations whenever I could get away with it. We weren’t allowed any form of secular media, but I enjoyed what I could get away with.
Here are a few examples of how my lifestyle changed during college.
Movies: Growing up movies and television were seen at evil. The most sinful aspect was sexuality. I remember clearly my first R-rated movie as a kid when my father said nothing about killing, violence, cursing, or drugs but simply stated “ya’ll can watch this but if there is any nudity at all you need to turn it off right away”. Generally, sex was not something discussed ever growing up. It was so taboo that other “sins” apparently paled in comparison.
We certainly agreed with the typical Baptist view of the cardinal sins (drugs, alcohol, and fornication), sexual sins were the worst. In college, I settled with a more liberal conclusion that while there would be sin in many movies, there was sin throughout the world and we could not escape it. However, if we could learn a good moral lesson from a movie, or get entertainment without becoming like the characters, then there was nothing wrong with watching. This basically eliminated explicit sex, gratuitous violence (unless historical), and openly anti-Christian themed movies.
I walked out of two movies in college. One was just so bad I left, the other had too much casual sex and I felt bad watching it. Other than that, I didn’t really find most movies morally objectionable.