Talk about a hot button issue. As soon as we touch territory that relates to Christian liberty, people tend to go one way or the other. Either, you can watch a lot or you shouldn’t watch a lot. I err on the latter, for me personally. But I know it’s possible people can watch media that I am not comfortable with. Last week, I shared a video recommendation of Alisa Childers covering the movie Redeeming Love, and she also gave tips Christians should consider. See: Here’s Why I Am NOT Going To See Redeeming Love (Alisa Childers)
Natasia, in today’s video, shares shows her followers said they stopped watching or wouldn’t watch, and then she shared a list of shows or movies she has given up or has stopped watching, along with reasons why you might also want to give it up.
Regardless of your view on media, there are some things we all can agree with as a Christian. We should not expose ourselves to anything that can tempt us with sin. We should be choosing activities that help us focus on what is good, noble, and true. We should care about how God is presented in media. And we need to be aware that the longer we are exposed to something sinful the more numb, desensitized, we can become to it.
(ESV) Galatias 5:19-21 , “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
(ESV) Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” – clamor is loud shouting
What the Christian should consider with media: Please be honest with yourself.
- Does this infringe (violate) your faith – does this media go against what the Bible says, does it leave an impact on us?
- Witchcraft – (ESV) Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.“– note: abomination means disgust or hated. (See: The Rise Of Millennial Witches (Allie Beth Stuckey))
- Tempting to lust (sexual arousal, fantasize, exposure to nakedness even partial nakedness)
- Tempting to sin
- Worship of Satan
- Praising darkness (you want the bad guy to win, revenge, desiring murder, desiring violence, desiring sex on the screen, desiring adultery (cheating)) (ESV) Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
- Praising sin – abortion, homosexuality, transgender, violence, murder, sexual sins, cursing, taking God’s name in vain
- Makes fun of God, of sound doctrine, of who Jesus is etc.
Our convictions can be different regarding our Christian liberty, and that is ok. But sin is sin. Often, media makes sin appealing, entertaining, and the danger of darkness is coated as ”sweet” when it is, in fact, bitter. Poison is still poison, no matter how expensive and beautiful the bottle it’s in.
Consider the media you listen to and read. Is there anything you need to change today, regarding your media? Is there anything you need to repent from?
Check Out: Movies and Shows I Won’t Watch or Regret Watching by Natasia Grace
The Gospel Message– The Gospel message is good news, which means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
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