Our Entertainment Culture

Our society is saturated with entertainment in various forms – movies, television, music, the internet, video games, sporting events, etc. Even during economic hardship, Americans are paying billions of dollars a year for movie tickets alone. While occasional entertainment may be fine, our consumption of it must be regulated by the Scriptures. In evaluating our entertainment consumption, we should ask ourselves some basic questions.

Does Our Entertainment Interfere with Worship Services?

  • The Hebrew writer emphasized the importance of the assembly (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • There may be circumstances that would prevent one from attending (ex: sickness – James 5:14) – choosing to be absent for some form of entertainment (ex: Super Bowl) is forsaking the assembly

Does Our Entertainment Replace Our Time for Bible Study?

  • Bible study is not limited to the times when we gather for Bible classes or to hear a sermon
  • Studying the Scriptures is an individual responsibility (2 Timothy 2:15) – all Christians must grow to maturity (Hebrews 5:12-14) & develop the ability to talk to others about spiritual matters (1 Peter 3:15)
  • This only happens by taking time to study (Acts 17:11) – we cannot ignore this for the sake of entertainment

Does Our Entertainment Get in the Way of Family Responsibilities?

  • Husbands & wives have responsibilities toward one another (Ephesians 5:22-29; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
  • Parents have responsibilities toward their children (Ephesians 6:4; Titus 2:4-5)
  • Children have responsibilities toward parents in youth (Ephesians 6:1-3) & when they are grown (1 Timothy 5:4, 16)
  • We cannot allow our pursuit of entertainment to cause us to neglect these God-given responsibilities

Does Our Entertainment Hinder Our Work?

  • We are expected to work hard in order to provide for ourselves (2 Thessalonians 3:7-10) & our families (1 Timothy 5:8)
  • We are also to work to have extra to help those in need (Ephesians 4:28)
  • We should not try to do the least work we can to get by, so as to maximize the time for entertainment (Colossians 3:23; Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Is Our Entertainment Wholesome?

  • We should not place any worthless thing before our eyes (Psalm 101:3)
  • We should fill our minds with things that are good (Philippians 4:8)
  • Much of entertainment today is filled with immorality & wickedness – these should not be named among us (Ephesians 5:3), let alone be used for entertainment as a source of enjoyment

Is Our Entertainment a Waste of Time?

  • We are to make the most of our time (Ephesians 5:15-16) – Is it wise to spend as much time as we’re spending for entertainment?
  • Idleness opens one up to temptation & following after Satan (1 Timothy 5:13-15)

Is Our Entertainment a Waste of Money?

  • We are free to use our money as we see fit (Acts 5:4) – paying for an occasional movie ticket may be fine, but we should evaluate to be sure we’re being good stewards
  • Entertainment is not a necessity, but a luxury – if we can spend money on the luxury of entertainment, we must heed the instruction to the rich (1 Timothy 6:18)
  • If we can spend money on entertainment, we should also be looking for ways to do good with our money

Has Our Entertainment Become an Idol?

  • We are to guard ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21) – these are anything we devote ourselves to above God
  • For some, entertainment is an object of their devotion – rivals God or crowds Him out altogether

Conclusion

  • Let us example ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) – also examine our entertainment in light of the Scriptures
  • We must give up anything that becomes a stumbling block, hindering our service to God (Matthew 5:29-30)

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