By Ken Horn
Christians used to be concerned about the entertainment industry
being morally on the edge, and worried that young believers would
be tempted to dabble in questionable pastimes. That concern is now
a thing of the past. Entertainment has blatantly gone over the edge
and is pushing the envelope further daily, while many believers
have plunged full-force into the deadly whirlpool.
I used to be somewhat naïve, thinking there was no way Christians
would wallow in such filth. But my eyes were opened in the 80s
when a college-aged parishioner in the church I pastored told my
wife, Peggy, that he went to R-rated movies. "What about the
profanity?" she asked.
"You get to where you dont notice it," was his
Thats a problem. Numb to sin. Those words and images
become a part of your subconscious and poison your spiritual
walk. Dulled spiritual senses get to where they are not jolted by
obvious sin. Could this lead to what Paul spoke about having
a "conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Timothy 4:2)?
Christians are supposed to be different. "Come out ... be
separate" (2 Corinthians 6:17). How can Christians justify
going to R-rated movies when even most PG and PG-13 films are objectionable?
We recently got a letter from a parent who purchased an E-rated
("appropriate for everybody") video game for her young
child. Passing his room she was stunned to hear a curse word from
the game. We cant trust the industry to police itself or believe
in their ratings.
And why would a believer have cable movie channels or watch
TV sitcoms? Commercials alone can make you feel like youre
swimming in a cesspool. (Try muting them.)
How does filling our minds with this stuff jibe with the holiness
of Romans 12:2 or the pure mind of Philippians 4:8? Eventually we
get to Matthew 12:34, where the mouth speaks from whats in
Do we seriously think we can lift up "holy hands" on
Sunday when those hands have been channel surfing through the vile,
the degraded and the ungodly all week?
Ive seen people go through ridiculous contortions to justify
their vice. Ask yourself the following about anything youre
thinking of watching: "Would I be comfortable watching this
with my pastor or with Jesus?" No? Then turn it off.
Why do we see so little revival? Why are so many Christians poverty-stricken
spiritually? Often we need look no further than the entertainment
If you really want revival or a closer walk with God
you had better be prepared to take a brutally honest inventory of
your viewing habits and give some things up. If you fill
that void with wholesome pastimes and more of seeking after God,
youll see a change. Guaranteed.
Ken Horn is managing editor of the Pentecostal