I'd like to respond to a little of what she said. Anyone can see that we radically disagree on the subject, but rather than tackle lots of individual media (though I may touch on one or two), I want to look at a foundational question that she and I are answering differently: what truly glorifies God? How can He be glorified?
First, I believe that the only way we can investigate the question and arrive at an answer is through searching the Scriptures. A lot of other things try to get in the way of Biblical analysis: experiences, emotions, memories. Entertainment is designed to manipulate those things, and it doesn't make us idiots if we are manipulated. It makes us human. The only way, however, that we can know what glorifies God is by seeing what He says.
I believe that God is not glorified by abominable things, or through media that contain abominable things. This was one of the first realizations I had about media that led to my choice to abstain from most of it. Can God truly be glorified in a film, show, or song that:
Uses His name in vain?
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Contains fornication or adultery?
1 Cor 10:8-9
We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents...
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Mixes Christian things with pagan things?
2 Kings 17:7-8
And this [Exile] occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of Israel had practiced.
Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the LORD will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.'
Syncretism is "combination of different forms of belief or practice." God doesn't like it at all.
Let's take a specific example that Jodi used: The Matrix. Many Christians like this movie, and five years ago I could have written the entirety of her post myself. But I changed, and my view of God and His Word changed. I described that in another post. When I look at The Matrix now, I don't believe for a minute that it's something God is behind. I experienced the same thing Jodi describes while watching it, and my emotions were...very 'pumped up'. I see where Christians are drawing their analogies between the Christian life and the world described in the movie. But there's more to it than that.
In The Matrix, there are New Age themes (a perfect example is the scene where Neo goes to meet the Oracle, and different children, one made to look like a Buddhist monk, are practicing their telekinetic powers), the name of the Lord is taken in vain, other curse words are uttered, and syncretism is a major motif. Sure, there are a lot of Biblical references. We must not forget that Satan is a master of manipulation and disguise. He quoted SCRIPTURES to JESUS trying to deceive HIM! How much more easily are we deceived into thinking that something is from God?
2 Cor 11:14-15a
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.
The truth of the matter is that we, as followers of Jesus, must peel back the layers, the appealing packaging, to examine the contents of the box. God is not glorified in something that profanes His name and mixes other religious traditions with His ways and His Word. (In the second Matrix film, there is a scene at a temple in Zion that, I am told, pretty well represents ancient pagan worship! It's also the scene where Neo and Trinity, um, consummate their relationship.) No matter what we experience or where we try to fit in a Biblical analogy, I do not believe God is in approval of such things as these.
There's more I'd like to address in subsequent posts. We'll talk later about 'everything' being permissible.