Often as believers, we want to live for Christ but we are consumed by our culture. We love watching the “Bachelor,” we will skip out on activities at church to watch the NBA Finals, and every movie that hits the silver screen looks like a must see. So what should we do in light of this great temptation. I am not saying that watching TV or movies are sin, but that they can consume our desires and even become idols to us if not careful.
I think the wisest thing we can do is just be disciplined in the way we use our time. We need to think of our time as a gift from God that we are to be stewards of rather than something that we can blow away for 6 hours on a couch with some Cheetos. So pick a few hours a week to watch a couple of shows but spend the rest of your time pouring into a kid in your city, reading God’s word, or encouraging a brother in Christ. That is time well spent.
Now for a more profound answer, here are John Piper’s thoughts:
So this question is, “How do you break free from that kind of addiction?”
- Recognizing it is a huge step in the right direction.
- Seek the Lord earnestly about it. Pray like crazy that God would open your eyes to see wondrous things out of his law.
- Immerse yourself in the Bible, even when you don’t feel like it, pleading with God to open your eyes to see what’s really there.
- Get in a group where you talk about serious things.
- Begin to share your faith. One of the reasons we are not as moved by our own faith as we are is because we almost never talk about it to any unbeliever. It starts to feel like a kind of hothouse thing, and then it starts to have a feeling of unreality about it. And then the powers of entertainment have more sway in our life.
And so those would be some of the things, but ultimately it’s a gift of grace to feel the glory of God.
One last suggestion: think about your death. Think about your death a lot. Ask what you’d like to be doing in the season of life, or hours or days, leading up to meeting Christ. I do that a lot these days. I think about the impact of death, and what I would like to be found doing, and how I would prepare to meet him and give an account to him.