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. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:3-4
Wow! Those two verses just eliminated 98% of the movies produced by Hollywood. It doesn’t leave much room for most of the programs on television either. So what is a Christian supposed to do for entertainment these days? Even prime time network shows regularly use His holy name in vain. There are a few television stations that specialize in old shows from an era when offending God was still frowned upon. Your local library has tons of DVDs available from that time period. Occasionally, there is even a new,well-produced animated family movie available to watch at the theater. Amazon has made purchasing Christian fiction books on Kindle very affordable. Not necessarily my books, but as a side note, mine are completely void of vulgar language and sex scenes. Not to brag, but they all receive very good reviews, proving you don’t have to have sex and obscenities to make a book entertaining.
If you’re like me, there are tons of action films and police dramas that you’d like to watch. In fact, it feels like a sacrifice to not be able to watch them. I make an effort to dedicate a portion of my day to prayer and reading the Bible. Don’t I deserve to kick back at the end of the day and watch a little TV? Sure, if the the subject matter and the language isn’t offensive to the very Being that has given me life. In this day and age, keeping a moral standard in your entertainment choices is going to require a sacrifice. But when I consider the sacrifice He made for me, it seems pretty small.
Written by MDG
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