Thursday, 02 December 2010
When I read 1 Peter 1, I started thinking about all of the things that are a waste of time. Particularly, entertainment. How much time do I waste watching a movie, TV, or surfing the internet? A lot -- I used to watch movies every night. I don't do that anymore, but still waste a lot of time doing...well, nothing that has eternal value.
What about you? I don't know what stage of life your in or anything about you. But how often do we make time for God? How often do we decide not to watch TV or a movie because it has no eternal value? When was the last time you spent all day with God? Do you crave him? Sometimes I wonder if "distractions" like entertainment are pulling us away from God.
I am still thinking about a blog on Revelife.com about the controversy over Harry Potter. Some defenses of reading Harry Potter was that "it's pretend" or "it's just entertainment." Have we completely lost sight of who God is and what he has for us as the body of Christ and individually? I am not going to point fingers and play holier-than-thou because I think it's every Christian's responsibility to GROW in their relationship and faith with God. Then to teach it and be an example to those around us and especially to the children and next generation of Christians. If we are not caught up in worldly things (yes I said it. we are caught up in worldly things and making excuses because "it's just entertainment.") and are growing and maturing as Christians, I believe that there would be a huge difference in this country, and even, the world.
A missionary to China recently said "I'm starting to think that American missionaries have all been sent out by Satan! What is wrong with these people!?" It was clear to me that Christians in America need to get back to the basics and stop being so concerned with being a part of American culture. We need to get back to the Bible. Eat, breathe, and sleep God... We are, after all, in a spiritual war. I don't want to lose our generation to materialism, entertainment, and culture. Easier said than done, sure, but possible. Instead of plateauing, let's grow, mature. I'm not willing to stand by and watch Christians get distracted...
I'm not here to judge. I want to warn people and show them what is happening. Are you as concerned as I am?
Here's a video to watch that is quite interesting...
Do you think that entertainment has stolen us away from God? What other things have stolen us away from God? What do you do to combat that? What does going back to the "basics" mean for our faith?