Why Christians Need To Start Prioritizing Faith Over Entertainment
Christians, our priorities are messed up. I say “our” because I’m a part of it, too. I am not immune. We prioritize movies, TV shows, and music over our faith. I’m not talking about the time that we spend on those as opposed to the time we invest in our faith, because I think that’s another post for another day, but I’m talking about the entertainment choices that we make. Friends, listen up. It is time for us to start prioritizing faith over entertainment.
As Christians, we need to prioritize our faith over our entertainment choices. Click To Tweet
In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul writes, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” As Christians, we like to take that verse lightly. First of all, how do you eat for the glory of God? Does that mean we shouldn’t drink alcohol? You know what, we’re not getting anywhere really, so let’s just forget this verse. But as I thought on this verse recently, my entertainment choices were the first thing that came to mind. Do they glorify God?
I never saw Magic Mike or 50 Shades of Grey, because I find them incredibly inappropriate. I don’t watch TV shows that center around a homosexual couple, because that does not line up with my belief of marriage. I’ve never listened to any music by Kanye, because I find that to be degrading and depressing. But in college, my favorite shows were The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother.
You might say, “Abbey! How could you watch those? They’re all about sex!”
College Abbey would have responded, “Well yeah, but they’re hilarious.”We can't show Christ to a broken world if we don't choose Him over entertainment. Click To Tweet
There’s always a justification for us when it comes to entertainment. That show is sexually inappropriate, but it’s funny. That movie is full of bad language, but it has my favorite actor. That song degrades women, but it’s got a good beat. Friends, let me say this loud and clear: Jesus does not care about your justification. He doesn’t. How do you think He would feel if you said, “Well Jesus, I had an affair, but that guy was really cute, so I think it’ll be okay.” Do you think He would be okay with that? No, He wouldn’t. I can guarantee that. Maybe you think that’s an unfair comparison, but I think that’s how serious we need to get about our entertainment choices.
In Matthew 5:21 and 28, Jesus says, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment … I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” What this tells me is that what we see, what we think, and what we feel are just as important as what we do. We may not act out what we see in movies, but we’re allowing it to infiltrate our mind.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Watching these movies and shows and listening to these songs does not help me to think on things that are pure and true and right and admirable. They fill my mind with murky waters and cause my heart to wander from God.
Friends, if we want to truly make a difference and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, we must start prioritizing our faith over our entertainment choices. How can we claim to be Christians if the world sees us going to movies that even they have second thoughts about? How can we grow closer to God when our minds are full of sex scenes, foul language, and morally inappropriate relationships? It’s hard to give this part of our lives to God. We live in an entertainment-saturated world, and it seems like the only movies we’ll be able to watch are cheesy Christian movies and maybe a few Hallmark shows. That’s not what I’m saying, and that’s not how it has to be. But even if that was the case, would you be willing to sacrifice your entertainment for your faith?
If you struggled with answering that question, take some time and talk to God. Believe me, I understand the struggle. My husband is a filmmaker. He absolutely loves movies, but we have to make sacrifices. Sometimes, we want to watch a movie, but when we look up Christian reviews, we find out that there’s an inappropriate sex scene or a homosexual. It’s hard, because the movies always sound really interesting and well-made, but we can’t watch them, because that’s not good for our minds, our hearts, or our faith.
For us, we don’t watch movies that feature sex, homosexual relationships, excessive swearing, or other elements that we deem inappropriate. Your list may look different, but take it before God and see what He wants for your life. God cares about our entertainment choices, because He cares about our hearts and our minds. Look at prioritizing faith over entertainment as a way for God to protect you and bring you closer to Him, rather than just as a rule or a restriction. God has greater things for your heart.God cares about our entertainment choices, because He cares about our hearts & minds. Click To Tweet
Now it’s your turn! Do you struggle with prioritizing faith over entertainment? What rules do you have for the entertainment that you choose?