Tuesday, November 2, 2010

That's Entertainment!

I really enjoy entertainment. I love movies, television, music, video games. I love going to the movies or watching them at home. I've spent many an afternoon (while my son is napping) catching up on the previous night's shows I missed while spending time with my family. I have my iPod with me most of the time to listen to whatever music I've been in the mood for lately. I probably spend the least amount of time on video games, but I still enjoy them once in a while.

Sometimes I wonder what the point is. I mean, I enjoy these things, but are they really just sucking my time and life away? I'm sure there are more productive things I could be doing. Even now, I could be cleaning. I'm grateful that Reid enjoys music, but sometimes I feel doubly grateful that he's not interested in television. I'm sure I'd be shocked to see the numbers if someone added up all the time I've spent watching TV in my lifetime.

Why are these things interesting? Why are they compelling? At least, why are they interesting and compelling to me? My husband has very little interest in television and movies. He has no problem turning off a show or a movie right in the middle to go to bed. I feel like I have to watch the whole thing—get the whole story, see how it turns out. He has no interest. No entertainment is as compelling as sleeping.

The Bible doesn't mention any of those activities specifically (for obvious, non-time-travelling reasons), but it does mention a lot about wasting time. And how awful it is.

Don't waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It's a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.  (Ephesians 5:15-17, The Message)

Jeepers. So what do you think? Are entertainment activities worthwhile or time-wasters?


  1. I sometimes get proud of how little t.v. I watch... but then Facebook slaps me across the face.
    I thought recently how nice it would be to read a series of books again for the 3rd time... but then I remembered that I wasn't even able to make time to read The Book...hmmm

  2. I was in a Bible Study once where some women thought that ANY amount of fictional reading/other forms of entertainment WERE a waste of time and essentially "bad". I disagree. I think deep down we know when we've crossed the line from taking a break by watching a movie/tv/computer time into a total waste and being a bad steward of our time.

    Short answer - I don't think God minds if we have fun sometimes. :)


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