How did we get to the point where watching immorality, violence, and rebellion is entertainment? What kind of wicked heart resides in the person who wants to watch those things for entertainment?
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
It has been astounding to me, how many Christian people I’ve seen publicly recommending watching “Downton Abbey” (the first episode featured two gay men kissing…wha???? “Where will it go from there, if it is commencing in such a fashion??” was all I could think) and reading “50 Shades of Gray” (pornographic novel). This goes way beyond “yikes”…it is downright grievous.
Too often we just don’t think, and we so easily get drawn in to just going along with what everyone else is doing. I’m not familiar with either the show or the book, but I guess I’m not missing much.
This may seem lame, but it was once we had children, we really saw a lot of things with new eyes. If it wasn’t suitable for the children, it wasn’t suitable for us. We no longer have a television and also, no sound on the computer. I know how weak I am and am glad the temptation is not there any more.
I have mentioned before I am still paying for those images I used to fill my mind with.
That isn’t lame at all. Having children is one way God teaches us. The lame thing would be if nothing changed when He gives children — that would almost certainly mean someone isn’t paying attention.
Our television died 25 years. We now have one we can use for Wii Fit, but not for watching television.
I appreciate the thought. Sometimes I wonder if making changes because of some external happening is not quite as “holy” as those made from Scripture alone. But then I remember the analogy about a man caught in a flood who waited for God to save him. A boat came by, but the man refused the help, since he’s waiting for God. Then a helicopter, but again, he was waiting for God… He ended up drowning and asked God why He didn’t help him, to which God said, “I did, but you refused any attempt at rescue.”
I’ve read the entire Scriptures more than once or twice, and I still haven’t found the passage where someone does what is right and God tells them, “You should have done that sooner after reading My Word, so I’m not as happy with you as I would have been.” 🙂