Ethics: Should a Christian Blogger Give Away an “American Sniper” DVD?

What would you do Wednesday!

I got some push back for doing an “American Sniper” giveaway on this Christian blog. I thought it might be interesting to see what others thought by doing a Wednesday ethics post on the topic.

In today’s scenario, you are a Christian blogger who has not read American Sniper nor seen the movie based on the book. You get approached to offer a blu-ray/DVD pack giveaway of American Sniper. Part of the promotion is to let people know that Warner Bros. will donate up to $1,000,000 to Wounded Warrior Project®.

The movie is not in anyway Christian-based, but shows the toils of war during a tour and back at home. However, Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL and sniper on whom the movie is based, claimed to be a Christian. Though the movie barely touched on his faith. He is also deemed the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Protecting his country was important and some have complained about the language he used in the book toward American enemies.

Kyle was unashamed when talking about his faith and job he did protecting his country. He is quoted as saying:

“I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one – not close,” Kyle wrote. “But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins.”

Kyle admitted that while he didn’t know what would happen on Judgment Day, he noted that his personal relationship with Jesus would cover all his sins.

“I believe the fact that I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior will be my salvation,” he wrote. “But in that backroom or whatever it is when God confronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be among them. Everyone I shot was evil. I had good cause on every shot. They all deserved to die.”

Would you do the giveaway? Why or why not?

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1 Tom Buck May 13, 2015 at 11:54 am


I don’t believe I would ever give away any movie that I haven’t seen and could personally endorse. I haven’t seen the movie and one of the reasons is due to the heavy amount of vulgar language. I just don’t want to subject myself to that and would strongly counsel others to not to subject themselves either. While I would agree this is an area of conscience, to one degree or another, I think we are too quick to just indulge in anything that we don’t immediately have a negative feeling about. I believe that in many ways we have seemed our consciences in some of these areas and become desensitized to. We watch and listen to things that a generation ago would have been repulsed by. I think we should ask ourselves why it is that our generation has no problem watching a movie with 100 f-words (via plugged in). There’s also jokes in the movie about incest, masturbation, oral sex, etc. So I think it was at least unwise for you to promote something you hadn’t seen. I hope Chris was a believe and obviously believe that God can save even the vilest of sinners… like myself. But the movie was in no way promoting the quotes you have above regarding Chris’ “faith.” In fact, what it promoted was the long list of sins he refers to in the above quotes.

Tom Buck


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