Guidelines for Christian Entertainment
The Bible sets the standard for the type of entertainment that is OK for Christians. “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).
The believer can apply these criteria to what he’s watching, reading, and hearing. A Christian should ask: is my choice of entertainment elevating? Is it noble? Is it true? These are some of the measures that Paul applies in Philippians chapter 4. When a Christian follows this guideline, he’s more likely to choose entertainment activities that nurture the fruits of the spirit, which are: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22,23).
What Would Jesus Do?
Another guide line for entertainment is “What would Jesus do?” A Christian is a follower of Christ, so the Lord’s example should be foremost in his mind and heart. The only way to really find that out is to study His Word. The scriptures say, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6).
In His earthly life, Jesus left a perfect example for all men to follow. The Christian needs to be thoroughly acquainted with that sinless life in order to copy it and apply its principles to conditions under which he himself must live. John insists that he who claims to abide in Christ should give daily evidence that he is imitating his Savior. The life must illustrate the profession.
People change by what they see. If they view evil, it will be manifested in their lives and if they view righteousness it will also be evident in their lives. Paul declared, “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).
In His service,