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What are some guidelines for entertainment and TV?

Hello R,

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There is a principal in the Bible that a Christian becomes what they behold. If we watch good things, we become good, for by beholding we become changed (2 Corinthians 3:18). A person, even a Christian, is a mirror to what he sees (1 Corinthians 15:33) whether for good or bad.

In like manner, if we behold evil, it will cling to us and have an effect. “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.” (Psalms 101:3).

It is then fair to say that a Christian should not look at murder, adultery, stealing, lying, gossip or other sinful things as a form of entertainment.  While the person may not physically do these things, it brings about thoughts that only tend to evil. The pop culture can infect your thinking with all kinds of carnal thoughts, and the devil has an easy job planting the seeds of sin in our minds. If the Christian rejects the thoughts and deletes them from his mind, then it is not a sin. But if he chooses to dwell on them, it becomes a sin (Matthew 5:27-28; 21-22).

What a person sows into his mind, he is going to reap in his thoughts and actions. “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man” (Matthew 15:19, 20).

If our thinking is influenced by what we take into our minds, shouldn’t a Christian be careful about what he chooses to watch and hear?  “To be carnally minded is death. … Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:6).

If we will live right, we must think right. The development of Christian character requires right thinking. Therefore, Paul sets a guideline for what we should assimilate through our senses, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team