TV and the Bible
For Our Enjoyment
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:18-20
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
The term “Phariseeism” is used today to describe a Christ follower that has become “legalistic.” In other words, one who has become too interested in rules and regulations rather than a loving, caring person. The apostle Paul fights this on several occasions in the scriptures. Today’s passage of scripture reminds us that “God provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” In 1 Corinthians 10:23, Paul writes that “everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial” (or constructive). The apostle doesn’t want God’s people to get bogged down into the harsh laws that existed for so many years under the Pharisaical rule of Judaism. We, who have come to Jesus, have found freedom in Jesus!
Whatever your view of TV viewing is, hold it with love and grace. Don’t become harsh and critical of other believers if they don’t hold the same belief as you! If a believer watches shows that you don’t feel comfortable watching, don’t be a “critic” of their choices. God can get through to them… at the right time and place. I’m afraid God gets more of His children volunteering to straighten up His flock than He needs! God calls us to live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:2). Let’s be careful not to push our beliefs and convictions on other believers – not our job!
Father, please help me to stay focused on my journey with you. Help me to hold my tongue and curtail my criticism of others! In Jesus’ Name, amen.