Faith & Inspiration

I overdosed on TV as a child, so I haven't tuned in for decades. This makes me entirely irrelevant at parties, but I don't get invited to many parties anyway.

A couple days ago someone told me about a TV series that she thought I would like. We went to Blockbuster and rented one season's worth of episodes. The first one I watched was hilarious. I am not an easy laugher, but I was laughing enough to apply for a job on a laugh track. This was great, I thought-funny without being raunchy or vulgar. Give me more.

Well, the second episode introduced some sexual innuendo. I overlooked it and kept watching for the laughs. But by the end of a couple of episodes I felt like Pinocchio after a few hours at Lampwick's Pleasure Island. The feeling lingered and I went to bed feeling oddly soiled. I prayed. I sought God's perspective on the TV show. I made two lists: one of the reasons why I should keep watching (there are several more seasons) and another of the reasons why I should stop immediately.

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The only reason I could come up with for the first list was the one referred to in the first paragraph above: It would be a shared experience with my culture, enabling me to better understand it. (Even as I wrote that it felt bogus.) Here were the reasons in my second list for not continuing to watch the TV series:

  1. The dirty feeling afterward.
  2. We are told to "walk as Jesus walked" (1 John 2:6), and I can't picture Jesus sitting on a couch, passively taking in the sights I took in.
  3. Scripture says, "Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves" (Romans 14:22). I am not at all sure that I would not judge myself someday for approving of watching that show.
  4. God commands us to love Him with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. I don't believe that finding enjoyment or interest in that TV show meets that bar.

Then I fell asleep. In the middle of the night I woke up with a single word in my mind, a word that is not part of my working vocabulary: "abomination." Because it was so foreign a word to me, and because I was still thinking about the TV show, I took it as the Holy Spirit's opinion of the show. Besides, as a wise friend once told me on another occasion when I was trying to discern God's will: "Andrée, there are two kingdoms: the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness." My friend proceeded to point out that anything that tends to the Darkness is darkness.

Andrée Seu
Andrée Seu

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.


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