Entertainment

November 3, 2015

                                     Entertainment

We have an incredible desire to be entertained.  We need to know how much priority it should have in our life.  In the Bible we don’t find the words entertainment, fun, or recreation.  That leaves us with the responsibility of determining what place they should have in our life.

There are at least three explanations for our desire to be entertained.  The first explanation is that it gives us pleasure. Logically we find more pleasure in laughing than we do in crying.  There is more pleasure in smiling than there is in frowning.  It is part of our nature to seek that which gives us more pleasure.

A second reason for entertainment is that it is an antidote for anxiety.  Many are troubled by problems they can’t solve.  At times they are problems they brought upon themselves.  Rather than turn from their wicked ways, they turn to entertainment to divert their mind from their problems.  Going to a circus or a ball game gives them an escape from reality for a short time.

Another explanation for why entertainment is so appealing to us is that it is an escape from boredom.  You may find life tedious and boring if you have no real purpose for living.  For some, the hours   spent in fulfilling the demands of life are burdensome.  They find little or no enjoyment or satisfaction in it.  They look forward to the weekend when they will have some hours to dedicate to pleasure and entertainment.  Their life is characterized by a selfish desire to be entertained.

Entertainment isn’t the same for everyone.  Some find entertainment in reading a book or doing word puzzles.  Others aren’t satisfied with anything less that going skiing or mountain climbing. We are entertained by means of our senses; seeing, hearing, feeling, etc.  Some are entertained by having the radio or television on all day.  Many find entertainment by means of their smart phone.

We can’t say it is always wrong to be entertained, but a child of God should be prudent in his choice of entertainment.  We should know how to distinguish between moral and immoral entertainment.  Not all that comes by way of the radio and television is wholesome entertainment.  Most of the television channels dedicate the biggest share of their time to soap operas and laughter at that which is supposed to be funny.  We should also know how much entertainment is enough.  It is easy to let entertainment occupy time that could be better spent in more profitable things like reading or Christian service.

You may need to seek God’s help in having discretion about what you watch on television. We do well to put limits on what we watch. Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.” The same needs to be true regarding what we hear with our ears.  All of us have talents that we can develop and find entertainment in.  Some have the gift of music.  That can also be used to serve the Lord.  Others are artists; others are writers.  If you find entertainment by means of your talents, you will have little need of being entertained by professionals.

The minds of many are so occupied by entertainment that they give little thought to what is happening in the world around them.  Corruption and injustice are increasing on every hand, but they are not the least concerned. They don’t care what happens to others as long as their own basic needs are supplied, and they have time for fun and games.

God’s people should be among the first to raise their voices against ideologies that lead people astray.  The prophet Jeremiah preached to a people who were indifferent.  In Lamentations 1:12 he cried out in desperation “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow.” It is heart breaking to read how Adolf Hitler led the German people astray before the II World War.  Some brave souls sought to warn others, but the majority refused to listen.  Even many servants of God chose to close their minds to the dangers that threatened them and their people.

Entertainment should be in moderation.  I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” If our life has purpose, that will consume us.  It will give us satisfaction.  God has a purpose for those who are his.  He will give us satisfaction in doing his will.  I John 5:3 says that if we love God, it will not be grievous to keep his commandments.  “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”  The same should be true in regard to doing his will.

We should seek the will of God regarding the way we spend our time. The day will come when we will have to give account for how we have spent our time.  I Peter 1:17 says, “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.”  The words “in fear” suggest that it should be with reverence and respect for the will of God.  We should let God search our hearts as David prayed in Psalm 139:23-24.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

 

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