“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 2:41
The coronavirus quarantine seems to have resulted in increased time in front of a TV or computer. People are watching and surfing more and feel inclined to share their favourites on social media, and it seems endorsements have picked up since the quarantine. I was interested in some of the recommendations made mostly because of the comments associated with them. Christians and non-believers alike are recommending movies that one certainly would watch with their children, and people are chiming in with their opinions. Some followers have openly criticized the choices suggested because of the sexual content and excessive vulgarity. Others jumped into these opinions by offering, “it’s just a movie.” Few believers, but not all, did not cut their Christian peers any slack and suggested there is no grey area between what is appropriate and what is not.
Years ago, a book and movie 50 Shades of Grey were released and opened conversations in the Christian community as to what Christians should or shouldn’t read or watch it. Some people took the stance that it’s “no big deal,” while others suggested our leisure time can have an impact on eternity. So, where do we draw the line? Do we never watch a movie or browse the internet because of its potential to disagree with our faith? That seems archaic; however, we certainly can know what is appropriate and what is not. God has chosen Christians to be His people, Holy and righteous. That does not mean boring and stuffy. And to some, making a moral choice may seem somewhat legalistic, but it is the nature of who we are as children of God. Our pastors or a Christian sister or brother can help us draw the line. They should use scripture to highlight God’s desires for us, reminding us that we have the Holy Spirit to help us with our choices. Each of us should have conversations with God about the things we do to entertain ourselves. We are his children 24/7 and should not step back while we seek enjoyment. I suggest that one of the things that hurt, and insults God is the blatant disregard for our bodies as the temples of His Holy Spirit. By walking on a grey line, we tempt ourselves, and we know the evil one is ready to trip us up.
God blessed us with senses, and so they are ours to use. If you are uncertain about your activities and whether they would be offensive to God, speak with Him. Express your thoughts and desires and seek His guidance. Look to scripture and don’t ignore it or exploit it looking for a loophole. Seek to please God.