This is the next part of our What’s the Big Deal series with my 4th-6th grade Jr. church. It is a very touchy subject when we begin talking about entertainment choices. This was not taught to speak on specific shows, groups/bands, movies, etc. This was meant to teach the kids the biblical principles from which our entertainment guidelines should come from.
Bible characters like David and Paul never had to worry about TV shows, the internet, or video games, but the principles found in God’s Word are very much relevant to today’s entertainment.
- Am I Conformed or Transformed?And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
What is the difference? Both require change. Conforming is change from the outside, transforming is change from the inside out. When we are conformed to the world, we allow the world to make a change to us. We are squeezing into the mold and formed like all of those around us. When we are transformed through the renewing of our mind, it is God changing us from the inside. When I model Play-Doh into spaghetti, it doesn’t become spaghetti, it simply looks like it on the outside, but it is still Play-Doh. When a caterpillar spins a cocoon, it emerges transformed, a new creature. God has transformed you at salvation. You are His child.
Much of the world’s entertainment is aimed to conform us to be accepting of sin. Let’s turn from those types of entertainment and rather choose to be transformed by renewing our mind in God’s Word.
- Amusement or Commitment?
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
This is to say, which is best? Some amusement/entertainment isn’t wrong in itself, but when it takes the place of my commitment to spend time with God, then it becomes wrong. My commitment to get alone time with God is absolutely vital to my spiritual condition. Look at what Christ says to Martha.“Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part.”
Martha was not sinning by trying to keep home and be a good hostess for Jesus, but she wasn’t choosing what was best. Notice the word Christ chose to say, needful. It is needful for us to be with Him. Which is a priority for you?
- Does it Grieve God? – Proverbs 6:16-19
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19If we know what God hates, why would we seek to entertain ourselves with the things that He hates? Instead, look to see if it is glorifying to Him. Does it pass the Philippians 4:8 test? Is it something that is true, just, pure, lovely, of good report?
There is no substitute for parents who are Spirit-filled and are helping shape many of these guidelines for their families. My prayer is that our church is filled with that type of parents. Below are two great resources for your home (they are not sponsors):
pluggedin.com – Awesome Christian movie and game review website. Please, please use this before watching a movie or purchasing a popular game for your child without knowing anything about it.
vidangel.com – Great use of technology to choose what you want filtered out from many popular movies.