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Friday Feature 6.27.14 – Thoughts About Believers and Racy Shows

The most clicked article from Monday’s post this week deals with believers in Jesus and their choices in television. Should we watch things that we know will have racy scenes? Here’s the article:

12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

Please tike time to read this very worthwhile article.

After you’ve done that, here are a few thoughts:

1. Start With the Cross.

I love how the article points right to Jesus. Where else would we go to make a decision about how to live? Seriously, if the things we are engaging in re-crucify Christ, then what’s the point? Do we make decisions on what we can be forgiven for, or what the cross can empower us to stop?

2. What Satisfies You?

Another great question the article asked was why holy things are not enough to satisfy us? (Phil. 4:8-9). I really have a hard time watching intense movies, and I say that not as some snobbish position against those who do watch that stuff.  The honest question is really about what satisfies our mind.

Are we willing to spend significant amounts of time meditating on God’s Word?  If we do, perhaps these types of shows and movies just aren’t necessary.

3. My Question #1: Is This About Christian Freedom?

Is this a matter of Christian freedom. Discussions about music and movies usually end up in the realm of Christian freedom – so is watching this type of stuff something Christians should do?

Remember in watching this type of stuff, the burden will always fall to stronger Christians to help ensure the weak don’t stumble.

4. My Question #2: How Much Does the Believer Need to Be “In Touch” With Culture?

Do we really think that watching shows like this helps us maintain an effective witness? I struggle with Paul meaning that we should watch this type of thing in order to reach those who do. Paul became like others in order to reach them. I don’t think he meant engaging in potentially sinful things to do that.

And, I haven’t met too many people who’ve increased their success in evangelism by tuning in to this kind of entertainment.

Think. If you watch racy, raunchy things to be entertained, why?

Act. I think a good action point is having some good discussions and making sure you’re making adjustments in entertainment choices because God is working in your heart. The WRONG reason to act is because you read it in an article and you want to stop doing something to impress someone.

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