This blog is something that I have been thinking on for awhile. I am confused by it. I am frustrated by it. I am sometimes even angered by it, and sometimes… I am guilty of it. It is not my purpose to point fingers, judge or condemn anyone, but rather challenge you to take a deep, hard look at yourself and your heart.
I was watching a sermon series on the ROKU yesterday and the pastor talked about it too, so apparently I am not the only one who thinks this way. In my quiet time this morning there were some verses about such things, so I am quite confident the Lord Himself is confirming what my heart has been convicted of for a long while.
We are entertained by SIN.
And this isn’t something we should be proud of or win bragging rights over either. It should bother us. It should get under our skin, speak to our hearts and get us to our core because, it goes against everything that we, as Christ-followers, believe, live by, strive to do and follow. It goes against the Word of God.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (9) Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
I think that a lot of what we watch, listen to, read, etc does not follow this passage very well. Now, I am not going to be legalistic about this and go on a rant and say you can’t do this or that, watch this or that, read this or that, etc, because in the book of Colossians it warns us against being legalistic, however, I think there are things that we can clearly determine are against the Word of God and we need to put aside as new creations in Him.
Something that I personally do not understand, that I think goes against this passage I shared are horror, blood and gore, torture type movies. If you are entertained by these, I would like to really challenge you to pray on this. Jesus is with us wherever we go, would you still watch those movies if you could physically SEE him? If he were sitting beside you, I don’t think we would be like “Hey Jesus, I will make the popcorn, can you start Saw 5000?” — I don’t know, I am just thinking that would probably not happen, nor do I think Jesus would want us casting our eyes upon such violence. Movies like this, to me, show how desensitized our culture has become. People rant and rave and are sickened if things like this happen in real life to people, they say they hope the culprit burns in hell, etc etc, yet these people CHOOSE to watch movies that depict these horrible and gruesome acts for entertainment purposes?
I used to watch scary movies. I have even not been watching those lately. So much of those have such a spiritual undertone, that we need to be careful with “ghost story” type movies. Spiritual warfare is real. Demons are real. If we are in Christ, we need not fear this, however, should we watch it for fun? Knowing that Satan is alive and active in our world today? We claim Christ is our King, but yet watch movies where Satan is the main focus?
There are plenty of other movies out there that GLORIFY SIN and make that sin the MAIN FOCUS of the movie, that I think as Christians we should not partake of. We need to always be seeking to glorify God in all we do, and watching a movie about someone who has 50 sexual partners, and drunken orgies, or drunken parties, etc, probably is not doing a very good job of that… if we are honest with ourselves.
What we read and listen to can be just as sinful as well. We can be entertained by sin in music, books, magazines, things we see on the internet, etc. Mommy porn books are a classic example, in my opinion. I don’t see Jesus being all for us reading these highly sexual books. The Bible tells us not to have even a HINT of sexual immorality among us, and if we are being entertained by it, I would say that would be a hint. Music that talks of rape, or drugs, or getting lucky, or being nasty etc etc would be as well.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:3
TV shows can also be something we need to look closely at. What are we entertained by? Andrew and I have stopped watching most things on tv. In fact, we don’t even HAVE cable (or TV, we have no antenna and like it that way) anymore. We have Netflix. We used to watch the CSI shows, Law and Orders, etc etc, and for US (I am not saying this will hold true for everyone, again, I am not making a list of do’s and don’ts) we felt it was not glorifying to God, and it was not edifying to our spiritual walk. I could not stomach watching a show that had so much about rape, child molestation etc. We have so much negative in our World, our World needs Jesus, I just am not sure we should be spending extra time watching, dwelling, and being entertained by those negative things.
I realize this blog may upset some people. I apologize, for that was not my intention. I want to put this out there to challenge you, as the Lord has been challenging my heart. I am in no way saying that as Christians we have to never watch tv, never read, and only watch G rated movies…
What I AM saying is that we need to be more aware of what we are allowing into our homes, what we allow our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our minds to focus/dwell on. We need to cast aside our old selves, because we are made new in Christ.
We should NEVER be entertained by something we know is sinful.
“…that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:10
“We should not be entertained by the sins for which Christ died.” — John MacArthur