When Amy and I first married we decided not to have T.V. or cable due to certain convictions. I did not like all the sinful content in the programing. Amy’s parents, during her junior year of high school, decided to get rid of it to use the money towards a better avenue: a mission’s family. This made a lasting impression. But we loved to buy movies and get a movie from blockbuster often. Then the economical ‘Redbox’ came out.
In May of 2013 my wife and I decided to sell our DVDs and to fast for one year from Redbox. For us, this meant giving up movies/t.v. altogether. Since we didn’t have cable, antenna, or internet, Redbox was really our main avenue to the world of Hollywood. For many people, this might have been an easy feat to pull off. For Amy and me, it was extremely difficult. For all of our marriage, movies was our greatest hobby, and truth be told we didn’t want to give it up! But we made the plunge and sold every movie we owned, even the kids movies (with some exception to documentaries and a couple “clean films”).
My poor wife suffered terribly. She entered into major withdrawals (seriously), and chocolate ice-cream, along with God’s grace, was the only thing that kept her surviving for those first few months. Isn’t it amazing the hold that media and entertainment can have on us? For Amy and me, we were quickly convinced that entertainment had had a hold on us that was not pleasing to God. We were slaves!
In the amazing documentary, Captivated, the narrator explains that when people watch television, there is a chemical reaction that takes place in their brains that gives them the sensation that they’ve accomplished something (when in actuality they haven’t). For Amy and me, our brains were confused because they thought that they had been accomplishing great things as we stared at a screen. But in reality, it was all a deception.
Now, almost a year and half later, God has helped us to successfully kick the habit. We aren’t drawn anymore to movies, and have therefore been able to fill our time with activities that are more meaningful and fruitful (such as reading, hiking, time with children, etc). Whereas before, when we would have a free night or date night we rushed to watch a movie at the cinema or at home, it doesn’t even appeal to us anymore. We know that not all movies are wrong to watch (though our “standards” have changed); we are just thankful that we are no longer movie-addicts.
Should your entertainment include the following?
Premarital Sex (even if just implied)
Homosexual activity (even if just applied)
Child disobedience towards parents
Idolizing ungodly actors or characters ect. ect.
Does your entertainment honor the following teachings of our King?
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
Statistics show that the average American will spend 9 years of their lives in front of a television (not to mention internet)! We would challenge all of our loved ones to carefully consider how to better spend their time according to God’s culture. Blessings!
Watch a trailer to ‘Captivated’