Well at the risk of ruffling even more feathers my selection for E is Entertainment. You may have seen my post regarding Discernment using Scripture which while I wasn’t specific regarding the book series’ I was thinking of, it wasn’t just about that – it was about all forms of entertainment that we take in on a daily basis. It could be movies, books, music, games, whatever – not all forms of entertainment are good or edifying for the Christian or even worthy of our time.
Some Scripture I shared in my other post were these:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Romans 12:9
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:20-25
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Psalm 101:3
As a Christian I have to set a higher standard for what I and what my children take in as entertainment – this isn’t saying that we are better than a Christian who would let their child read Harry Potter, but I think that we need to evaluate any form of entertainment in light of Scripture. This isn’t always easy though – if your spouse feels that Snow White is okay for the children to watch but you don’t agree – then you’re going to have to commit it to prayer. Pray that the Lord will protect your children from any exposure as well as to pray that the Lord will change your spouse’s heart (of course you may also need to realize that their heart may not change or that the Lord may have something else He needs to focus on in your spouse).
By setting a higher standard for myself and my children, it means not partaking in things that the secular world has no qualms over. The world may not see a problem with a movie about children killing children, or a song about violence against women, or a book that features magic (no matter how ‘white’ it is deemed) but as a Christian I should see a problem with it. If I truly believe what God’s Word says and desire to follow Him then I’ll want to do what He wants – I’m not going to try to make something bad have a redeeming quality, ‘well they killed someone because it was them or their family’.
If it goes against God’s Word then it’s wrong.
If it goes against God’s Word then it’s sin.
If it’s sin then we shouldn’t be partaking in it.
I don’t believe there are different sins for different people or levels depending on where your walk with the Lord is.
Everyone, Christian and not, will be judged according to their sins at some point.
Murder is murder. Extolling murder is sin – even if the one being killed is ‘bad’.
Witchcraft is wrong – no matter if it’s called white magic – God made no distinctions when it came to witchcraft and divination – it’s sin.
This isn’t just about secular entertainment though – this also includes ‘Christian’ entertainment.
Christian romance that has single people kissing or even having certain thoughts about one another?
Christian contemporary music that tells us it’s okay to dress or talk how we want because God loves us anyway?
It’s sad when a Christian can’t pick up a ‘Christian’ book or CD or movie because of what it may contain.
I’ve got several Christian fiction books to read as I’ve committed to reviewing them – but I’ve also come under conviction that I need to be much, much more selective in what I’m putting before my eyes. I used to think as long as it says Christian it’s okay – and at one point in history that may have been true but now when ‘Christian’ books, music, movies say that:
God is the same as Allah.
You’re sick/poor/homeless/etc because you don’t have enough faith in God.
We can all go to Heaven as long as we’re good.
then the term Christian has become subjective. Some may think I’m being legalistic, that’s okay – as I’ve said before, if being legalistic means that I’m following God’s Word then I’m okay. Some are going to disagree, that’s fine, I’m only here to ask that you consider the Scriptures and look at your entertainment and see how it aligns with Scripture. It’s between you and the Lord.
I’m not saying I’m a better Christian than you – I’ve got my own battles and demons that I have to confront on a daily basis and take them before the Lord – but I’m asking that you take a close look at the entertainment you allow before your eyes and ears and decide in the Truth if it’s something that if the Lord were sitting right there with you would He be:
jamming along to that song saying how great drugs are?
reading along with the book that extols murder?
watching the T.V. show where a child is abused?
reading a book where two unmarried people are kissing but it’s okay because they are getting married soon?
agreeing that the Father is on same footing with another god?
In a world that is slipping down a slippery slope of violence, persecution, mayhem, no morals – we need to realize that what goes in will eventually come out. I know.