Saturday, June 12, 2010

liberty & entertainment

There is much that can be said about the pros & cons of watching different forms of media. There are many positions concerning what is appropriate and what is not for believers to watch.

I'm sad to say that many of the so-called reformed crowd have really pushed the limits on what is permissable and it is very apparent in their fruit as well. I well remember something a pastor once said when he confronted a man who professed Christianity and who held a high position at the local tv network (abc, nbc something??) and when this Pastor expressed his concerns about a coming very loud & openly blasphemous show, somewhere in the conversation this tv network guy made this comment 'the problem is not with the supply, it's the demand!'. It's quite absurd to complain of the increase of filth when you r a contributor!

Anyhow I wish to speak to something that in no sense is a 'gray' area. That is sexual scenes in movies & television, nudity and intense non-nudity gropping etc.. That's not to say that there won't be objections, but i will say that the objections will NOT contain honesty & biblical harmony.

It's all just acting, what's the difference???
Let's use children to amplify the point: If a child plays 'cops & robbers' or 'cowboys & indians' or 'david vs goliath' etc.. no one has to really get hurt, no real hatred or intention to inflict pain has to exist in order to 'play'. However if children begin to 'pretend' to have sex, to grope each other, then what parent wouldn't IMMEDIATELY interrupt & condemn such 'pretending' pointing out that the 'pretending' is wrong and sinful, because something is actually happening. If any would dare b so hypocritical to object then let me ask, would you let your wife 'pretend' with another man? Would you see it as amusing, if she told you she flashed some men at her job 'to make a point'? Would you consider it 'harmless' for your daughter to play such a part? Christians are instructed to 'flee youthful lusts' to guard our eyes from such things, to guard our minds from such things. Just because we don't know the 'stars' and it's on a screen doesn't make it less then going to a strip club, as this point is well illustrated in the following article: http://www.pluggedin.com/upfront/2007/LiveorOnscreenItsStillVoyeurism.aspx here is a piece:.......Is hypocrisy too strong a word? I don't believe so. Many Christians are willing to watch, by means of a movie camera, what they wouldn't dream of watching in person. You couldn't get them into a topless bar, and yet they cheerfully go to films where they see far more. Would most Christian men be willing to be peeping Toms, roving the neighborhood? Certainly not. But what if they discovered a woman who knew of their presence and was willing to undress in front of a window? That would be worse. What if she were paid to do all this? Worse, worse, and still worse. But what if she is paid lots of money, has a producer and director, does all of this for the movie cameras and has millions of men drooling at her windowsill? This is suddenly different and becomes quite a "complicated" issue—as it may have been this summer for some who lined up to see the R-rated comedy Wedding Crashers. Christian teens and adults across America express love for Jesus Christ yet try to excuse this sort of behavior on the basis of contemporary standards. Many Christians don't want to be different in what they watch. They don't want to admit that their discipleship applies to this area. And they also don't want to admit that sexual activity and nudity on the screen is sexually exciting for them. But those who deny that such things affect them are simply deceiving themselves.....
WHOOPS i forgot, when people say I want it to be 'practical' they don't mean 'apply this personally to my life.'. It's time that we get serious about sin and call it what it is, despite the growing compromise of the day. This compromise is affecting our marriages, our witness, our senstivity & intimacy with God, to the point where most believers have to 'work up' their desires because they continue to grieve the Spirit and aren't looking to make actual lifestyle changes in order to walk in spiritual maturity.

4 comments:

Herdsman

This is sad but true brother. We have given over our lives to lies of the T & V. It is hard to stop, in a culture full of the lie. We don't see the sin that is right in-front of our eyes every day. I pray God will open our eyes to see Him and His truth before it is to late.

Friend for Life

Thank you for tackling these difficult subjects. It is easy for Christians to become hardened to and by sin. We need people like you to help us see the wrong in what some call "small sins." I believe it was CH Spurgeon who cautioned his readers to beware of the little foxes that spoil the vine. May the good Lord bless your work.

Julius Mickel

thank u 4 comments
Herdsman, amen slowly being numbed into apathy
friend for life, thanks, not a popular subject today, we have found comfort in our culture & that's frightening!

ChurchSalt

But what about sports? It's still OK for us men to enjoy the enticing cheerleaders while watching our favorite football team, right? I mean, we are trying to watch the game, it's not like we asked them to show half-naked cheerleaders!! Well.....
The real question is do you love your God or your entertainment? Are you willing to give up anything (including football) just to keep sin from having an opportunity? To fight the opportunity is far easier than fighting the temptation, and our Saviour Jesus Christ is worthy of that kind of devotion! Not to earn His love, but because we have it!!

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