21. Consider Your Entertainment - 1 Thess. 5:5
21. Consider your entertainment - 1 Thessalonians 5:5 - WWJD
1 Thessalonians 5:5 - You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
I believe that most Christians draw a line in the sand of where they will not step over when it comes to entertainment. One may say I will not go to any movie that is rated R. Someone else may say I will go to social events where alcohol is served but I will not participate. And another may say that they will only watch shows on TV that do not have cursing and nudity.
It is getting harder and harder to draw the lines in the sand and make those statements. Even superhero movies that once had clean-cut superheroes are now crossing the line of being dark, foul-mouthed, crossing sexual lines, and breaking the law. What once was done in secret and in the dark has now come into the light of mainstream America.
The other night I was watching a show on TV that had been really clean and good for years. I suddenly realized how they have been slipping political correctness into the show. I won't go into details but it got so bad that I turned it off. They lost a loyal viewer the other night.
I believe that our lines in the sand can be easily crossed if we are not careful. The problem is that others see us when we cross lines too. Sometimes it is our children or grandchildren. Sometimes it is friends or non-christians who are looking to see what we will do. If we cross the line than we are telling them that it is okay for them to do it too.
If we compromise on entertainment how long will it be until we are crossing God's lines in other areas. Our lines maybe subjectives but his are absolute. God's line does not change. We have a tendency to get as close to His lines without crossing over... or even seeing how far we can dip our toe across the line. But God wants us to stay far away from the line all together.
1 John 1:6 says, "If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth." We are to walk in light as children of light and sons of the day.
May you shine the light of God's purity to all around you. May God bless you today as you make the hard choices to honor God in all areas of your life.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Oh God, Your ways are wonderful and pure. You are light and there is no darkness in you at all. Help me to walk in the light as you are in the light. Help me to make the right choices, not just in my entertainment choices, but in all areas of life. Thank you for your guiding spirit. Thank you for Jesus, my Savior. It is in the name of Jesus that I approach your throne in prayer, Amen!