Yes, yes it does honor God. Because of the Great Commission. Putting your head in the sand about the evil in the world negatively impacts evangelization efforts. In further case, being able to talk to unbelievers about the books they read and shows they watch is one of the many ways a gospel presentation can be made. I have actually used this in my life in firsthand experience. (It's even part of my skills and abilities, being able to write media evaluations and discern stuff. Are you suggesting I put part of myself on a shelf?)
There's a saying "so heavenly-minded that you are very little earthly good", and that saying is true. Evaluating the messages that the media sends to unbelievers every day and opposing that with truth is what we are called to do. We are told to embrace Christ's victory over sin, death, and the world. How are we supposed to do that if we refuse to talk about what's keeping people from a saving knowledge of the truth and hide in the basement with the Bibleman tapes and TobyMac songs on repeat?
Most Christians around the world don't get that choice. They have to face down evil and overcome it every single day for the cause of Christ, or they are dead. I never got that choice either, although it isn't the government that worries the most about whether I get to live another day.
At least, for me, spiritual battles are real, and the worst thing I have had to face is confusion about what lies I'm fighting against. Putting your head in the sand dishonors God, and it's disgusting to some of us who wake up in the morning and pray for the struggling Christian and the 5 unbelievers they know trapped in darkness who desperately need to be shown the love of Christ and then have to walk down the stairs and face someone who doesn't care about any of that and only cares about how much money I can make for them. Then I get on an online forum and get told that over 5 years of my work engaging with people over media in order to reach them with the gospel is compromising my relationship with God.
There's a big difference between understanding that you have a thin stomach and can't take emotionally intense stuff, and adopting an attitude of Christian defeatism. Do you think I can't evaluate good from evil in a story? Do I not have the Holy Spirit in my life? I just gave you a highly detailed evaluation of the moral properties of the Hunger Games. I grew up in public school and I had to read books like that every year. It was either learn to evaluate the evil in those books or fail out of life. But what did I do? Every single essay I turned in marked my best work to evaluate it in terms of what was truly good and what was truly evil. I hope what I wrote had an impact on at least some of my teachers.
No one should have to feel guilty for reading a book. It's not YOUR fault that the author was a misguided jerk. Conscience-searing isn't something that happens to you when you read a book; it has to do with people who blatantly deceive other people - it's what happens to them. The deceivers' consciences become seared, not the deceived.
No, it is not dishonoring to God practice Biblical discernment on the world's messages in order to explain to unbelievers and misguided Christians why they are wrong. What is dishonoring is putting your head in the sand, refusing to fight the spiritual battles that God has called you to fight, and taking shots at the rest of us who are fighting them and are doing what God has called us to do.
With that being said, if I see a bunch of 5-year-olds watching a raunchy movie I'll be the first to walk up and turn that off, because it's unlikely they have that sort of discernment yet. But I'm not going to just tell them that it's evil and that they shouldn't be watching it - I'm going to ask them about what they saw and talk to them about why what they saw is wrong. Because all of us are going to need that sort of discernment.
Being exposed to evil is a part of life. Being tempted is not a sin, evaluating evil messages to try to help someone is not a fault. It's when you choose to entertain thoughts of acting on the evil messages, that's when you need help.
I'd whip out more scripture for this, but right now I'm irritated and I want that emotion to come though a bit. I do not mean to insult you @Hanna_Brassheart, because I think your family just told you this, and the two of us probably come from very different backgrounds. Have you heard of Martha Peace? I'm just hoping that the three of us can learn from each other. For now, the Great Commission is at the end of Matthew. Peace out.