What type of entertainment is OK for Christians?

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By BibleAsk Team


Determining what type of entertainment is acceptable for Christians according to the Bible requires careful consideration of biblical principles and values. While the Bible doesn’t explicitly address modern forms of entertainment such as movies, video games, or social media, it does provide guidance on how Christians should approach various aspects of life, including leisure activities. Here’s an exploration of biblical principles that can inform Christians’ choices regarding entertainment, supported by references from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible.

Biblical Guidelines for Entertainment

  1. Philippians 4:8 – “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.”

This verse encourages Christians to focus on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. When selecting entertainment, believers should consider whether the content aligns with these virtues. Entertainment that promotes falsehoods, immorality, or negativity may not be suitable for Christians.

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Christians are called to glorify God in all aspects of their lives, including their leisure activities. Entertainment should be chosen and consumed in a way that honors God and reflects His values. This means avoiding content that dishonors God or leads to sinful behavior.

  1. Ephesians 5:3-4 – “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”

This passage admonishes believers to avoid immorality, impurity, and coarse language. Christians should be discerning in their entertainment choices, avoiding content that glorifies sinful behavior or promotes immorality.

  1. Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Entertainment should be approached with the mindset of honoring Christ in all activities. This means selecting entertainment that aligns with biblical principles and values and participating in it in a way that brings glory to God.

  1. Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Christians are called to be discerning and not conform to the standards of the world. Entertainment choices should be evaluated based on whether they contribute to the renewal of the mind and the pursuit of God’s will.

  1. Psalm 101:3 – “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.”

This verse highlights the importance of guarding what one exposes themselves to. Christians should avoid entertainment that promotes wickedness or leads them away from their faith.

  1. Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

Entertainment has the potential to influence one’s heart and mind. Christians should be vigilant in guarding their hearts against anything that may lead them astray or compromise their faith.

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? 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).

Based on these biblical principles, Christians should approach entertainment with discernment, choosing content that aligns with biblical values and honors God. This may involve avoiding entertainment that promotes immorality, violence, or other sinful behavior, and instead selecting content that is edifying, uplifting, and conducive to spiritual growth. Ultimately, the goal is to glorify God in all aspects of life, including leisure activities.

Christ – Our Example

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 who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just 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 view. 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). The plan of redemption aims to restore the image of the Creator in man (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2), a transformation that comes about by contemplating Christ (Romans 12:2; Galatians 4:19).

The believer who daily looks to Christ as his Redeemer will reflect in his own life something of the glory of his heavenly Father. If he faithfully continues to do so, he will press forward on “from glory to glory” in his personal spiritual walk (2 Peter 1:5–7). The spiritual change that proceeds from Christ takes place only through the work of the Holy Spirit, who, having access to the heart, refines, hallows, and glorifies the nature and makes it over into the likeness of Christ’s pure life.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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