Greetings everyone! How has your month been? At home, my Mom made gingerbread cookies. We also got to enjoy a Christmas parade and fireworks in our town. It’s amazing how fast December has gone by, and it’s crazy how quickly Christmas is coming up.
This month, my family and I have been watching Christmas movies earlier since the days before the Christmas week are going to be spent spending time with my brother and then his wedding. On that subject, I thought I would talk about the two methods used in entertainment to promote sin.
If you’re like me, you may watch a variety of shows, movies, and read books. I love good shows, movies, stories, and I regularly “consume” shows at the end of the day. Unfortunately, there’s a lot less positive and wholesome messages out there. The world’s is always going to be promoting certain messages, and in this day and age, a good majority of them are not good. Today’s post is not necessarily about the different kinds of messages, but about how they are promoted to the audience—to us.
Repetitive Method and the Blunt Method
There are two trends that I have continuously noticed that are used to promote sinful messages on TV. I will label these the “Repetitive Method” and the “Blunt Method”. If you think about some of the shows you watch, you might’ve seen this.
The “Repetitive Method” is fairly self-explanatory in its title. However, this is not only repeated but is presented as “normal”. A combination of these two presents a real danger to us as Christians. The major problem is hearing and seeing a message repeated over and over, and presented as an everyday, normal thing. This is dangerous because we can start believing it—without realizing how we are being influenced.
I had a conversation with someone about this, and we talked about how people seem to be strategically changing howothers see sin (think about some extremely controversial issues of this day), by repeatedly presenting it as normal—even good. Such continuous exposure to these messages is problematic.
For the second method, or the “Blunt Method” is as it sounds. It’s blunt and it generally feels “forced” onto you. Although this one is in plain sight, it’s promotion of sin as a normal or good is still an issue.
Be Aware and on Guard
I enjoy entertainment a lot, and there are some good shows and books out there. However, we cannot allow ourselves to fall into the traps in entertainment. We need to be aware of the devices that are used to further a kind of thinking or agenda. This is not some sort of random pattern; it is purposeful and is a real threat.
As long as we go on unaware of the dangers and the agendas that are pushed through television, movies, games, and books, we are leaving our thoughts vulnerable to negative influences. If we allow it, our thoughts will be affected and so will our hearts.
In this day, the world is trying to tell us sin is okay—not that this is new—through dozens of ways, sneaking into what we consume and using strategic methods to get us to think the way they think we should. However, we need to be alert and aware of the methods that are used to promote sin as normal, or positive. We should not allow our thoughts and perspectives to be molded by sin.
Scripture instructs us to not be influenced and changed by the world. We are in this world, but we are not part of it.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
What we allow ourselves to think and to meditate on is important and thus, our minds need to be guarded from sin that some entertainment may try to instill in us.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6)
We don’t have to let the sinful agendas and ideas—conveyed through entertainment—corrupt our thinking, whether this is by removing the source or by simply being aware and alert. The Lord has given us His Spirit to see through the lies and to discern what is right—so, let’s do that.
Would you agree? What are your thoughts on the effect of entertainment? Have you seen the strategic ways in which books, movies, and TV shows try to influence our thinking? Have you found evidence of the influence of sin in your thinking? Are you alert and guarded against the sinful messages that are presented as “normal” and acceptable? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!