We live in an entertainment driven society…we are constantly bombarded with entertainment choices that can distract us from what is going on in our lives, and unfortunately, in many cases, we see children who are raised with entertainment as their baby sitter rather than experiencing any quality time with family.
We are in a decline as a society and I have to blame the entertainment industry for much of it, not because of anything they have done, but because of the way that we have embraced it.
Now let me clear this up, especially since I work in the entertainment business at the radio station. Here is where we need to truly take a look at what we are doing as consumers.
I do blame marketing for much of the issue, because we market entertainment in such a way. The Television and Movie Industry markets to society by taking real life issues and making them into something we can use to escape for a couple of hours. This has grown over the years to include many different genres and age groups to the point where now parents make the choice to use television as a babysitter.
We choose daily to turn on our TV or Radio to escape our struggles, not realizing in many cases that the poor quality of the messages being shared within those programs we look to for entertainment can also be filling our heads with subliminal messages that we have not thought about and, in some cases, are left wondering where they came from.
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul reminded the believers who they were and that they needed to be careful about how they built on their lives. He said, “If any man builds on this foundation [Jesus Christ] using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work… Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (vv.12-13,16)
The same holds true for Christian entertainment as well. I am not saying that entertainment is a bad thing, but everything in moderation. We can consume ourselves with entertainment to the point that we never make time for our personal quiet times with God and we can let these things overrun us to the point that we do not read or take time to pray for ourselves. I am not asking you to throw out the TV or the computer, but what I am asking is that you monitor your usage and find a way to give your time to God as was intended. Take time to pray, to read scripture, to share Christ with others, and to develop your personal relationship with God. We must be careful to take time for these things and make sure that we are not allowing ourselves to think we are growing in our personal walk because we listen to that Christian station or watch Christian movies all the time. The truth is that if we are not making time for God in our personal prayers and devotional readings we may be missing out on the blessings that God has for us.
Today, take a moment to read the best selling book of all time, The Holy Word of God. The Bible will stand throughout the test of time, but will we read it and take time to reflect on it and pray that God will grant understanding? The choice is yours today.