Musings 114

Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

Matthew 22:39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

I Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways.

Ephesians 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Habakkuk 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?

The idea of whether watching various television shows and/or movies is moral for a Christian or not is most likely considered to be an antiquated question by most. However, when we think about it, there are many things about watching movies that we have to think about and carefully consider. The question is not whether there are commandments that specifically command us not to watch television and moves, but whether Christian principles are violated if we do. Perhaps the issue is not whether we watch anything at all, but what should we spend out time doing and what should we watch if we do watch.

Some of the things that we are to consider have to do with whether television and movies help us to love God and our neighbor. For example, the Great Commandment commands us to love God with all of our being. Does television and movie watching help or hinder in that pursuit? But again, notice that asking the question does not say that there is a biblical command to do so. The point is to consider how much of us is required if we are to pursue the living God with all of our being. How much is possible to watch while loving God and while pursuing the living God? Perhaps each person has to answer that question before God rather than having set rules.

How can watching television and movies help us love our neighbor? This is interesting to think of. If love for our neighbor consists in our helping them or desiring them to love God, this may shine a little light on the subject. If we spend 15-20 hours a week watching the screen in some way, that does cut down on my time that I could love my neighbor. If we spend that much time watching the screen, then what kind of example is that setting for others?

If I am spending 15-20 hours weekly watching the screen and that is a very conservative estimate, is that the best use of my time? If we are to redeem the time and make the best use of our time, is using that time filling our minds and souls with the things of the world the best use of it? Do we spend that much time in the study of the Bible and in prayer each week? When you think about it, do we spend that much time a week in spiritual things? If we spend 20 hours a week watching the screen, that is 1,000 hours a year in round figures. That adds up over short lifetimes and long lifetimes as well. Fifteen hours a week adds up to 750 hours a year. Either way, that is a lot of time.

When we have David writing about how he awakened during the night watches so that he could meditate on the Scriptures, we have a better example of how our time should be used. The world is attacking us through the screen and is getting to us with its worldview. The more we watch the world the more we will become like it or the more we will not be opposed to it. The more time we spend meditating on God and His creation the more we will become like Him and opposed to the things opposite of Him. It seems to be the best to drink in things of the living God rather than things of the world which are opposed to Him.

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