Would Jesus Watch American Idol?

Recently my wife and I have been on a journey. We have been taking a journey in trying to understand holiness. A few months back, I read a book “Worldliness” by C.J. Mahaney. In this book I became severely convicted about my television habits. Up until I read this book I was watching family friendly shows- The Office, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, 30 rock ect. I knew there were things in those shows I didn’t agree with, but it was good to relax turn off the brain and veg for a while. That said, I realized that I was inviting sin into my living room and allowing my family as well as myself to be poisoned by these programs.

Ok Wes your being a bit legalistic right… Well this has been my struggle for the last few months. Here is the basic conclusion I have come to. In regards to the office, I was rooting for a relationship that was openly promoting living together before marriage. In Dancing with the Stars, I was watching half naked women prance around in sexual positions, and sadly this is probably the most “kid friendly” programming on right now. How about American Idol… well the name…. and really I watch to see a bitter man rip apart men and women, how does that humor honor God at all? Over all TV has numbed my conscience to what is right and led me to accept that which I would have never considered acceptable.

Recently I preached a sermon on what I saw as a black and white topic. I asked the question in that sermon “How do we accept things that 50 years ago seems unacceptable? What has changed? Have we? Has the Word of God?” The truth simply is the word of God does not change, we have slowly allowed the influence of it to shrink, where we have allowed other influences in. We would never allow murder, adultery, idolatry, or any other sin to become normal in our churches, but we welcome those sins into our living rooms or a daily basis through TV.

Romans 1: 29-31 states that” They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

We may not participate in the sins that are shown on tv on a daily basis, but we do give our approval by allowing them to have residence in our homes. We often look silly when we scream at Washington about morals, especially when we celebrate the morals we protest on our TVs. What if instead of watching this junk, we simply used the easiest protest of all, turn it off. If we all actually get a conscience and not watch garbage, the networks would produce what we would watch- quality programming. Turn it off.

Here’s the bottom line, when we follow Christ, we want to follow the things He’s about… When we follow this world, we want to follow the things this world offers… Do you dwell on the things of God, or do you dwell on the things of this world?

One Comment

  1. Jennifer Faulk

    I'm alarmed by how desensitized I've become in watching seemingly okay shows. “Glee” seemed family friendly enough, but it's clear after only a few minutes of watching it that we're meant to cheer for one of the characters to leave his wife for someone else. Why would I watch something that glorifies this?

    It's hard to know where to draw the line. I'm only just realizing what I've watched and how it can soften my perception of sin. I'm afraid if I really thought/prayed over the very few shows that we watch faithfully that we… well, we probably wouldn't end up watching anything at all!


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