Bible Guidelines Regarding Entertainment
God desires that His children may be refreshed and uplifted to be able to carry on their life duties and responsibilities. Therefore, regarding entertainment, David gave a good council, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me” (Psalm 101:3).
To a great extent, we are what we habitually see. Though we may come into contact with evil, we should immediately separate ourselves from it. Someone said, “We cannot keep the birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from building nests in our hair.”
For what we behold affect our brains and in turn our actions. The apostle Paul wrote, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
All our actions should be done to glorify God who loved us unto death (John 3:16). Therefore, “whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). Living to honor God should be the goal of the Christian.
And because there is no set rules to govern our entertainment and fun activities, let us “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak” (1 Corinthians 8:9). Because, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:19,22).
The development of Christian character requires right thinking. Therefore, Paul outlines a guideline to what we should see and do: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). God dwells among those who think godly thoughts and with Him comes the peace that produces the ultimate happiness.
In His service,