is your reality show/soap opera/sitcom/trashy novel breaking?
The Ten Commandments
And the Lord spoke all these words, saying: I am the Lord thy God, who brought
thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have no other gods beside me. (Anything that you worship is a god. Whatever is first in your life is your god. )
II. Thou shalt not make to thyself an idol, nor likeness of anything, whatever things are
in the heaven above, and whatever are in the earth beneath, and whatever are in the
waters under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor serve them; for I am the
Lord thy God, a jealous God, recompensing the sins of the fathers upon the children, to
the third and fourth generation to them that hate me, and bestowing mercy on them that
love me to thousands of them, and on them that keep my commandments.
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord thy God
will not acquit him that takes his name in vain. (How many times have the characters said "OMG or GD"?)
IV. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days thou shalt labour, and shalt
perform all thy work. But on the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; on it
thou shalt do no work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy servant nor thy
maidservant, thine ox nor thine ass, nor any cattle of thine, nor the stranger that sojourns
with thee. For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, and the sea and all
things in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the seventh
day, and hallowed it.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother, that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest
live long on the good land, which the Lord thy God gives to thee. (Are the characters honoring their parents? Are they striving to have a good relationship with them? Do they talk badly about them?)
VI. Thou shalt not commit adultery. (This isn't just married people cheating, although that counts too. It also includes lusting after someone/ wanting to sleep with them. "Matthew 5:28 (NASB) 28but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart".
VII. Thou shalt not steal. (Are the "characters" on the show stealing money, boyfriends, etc?)
VIII. Thou shalt not kill.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (Any lying or deceiving going on in your show? I can't really see Jesus saying that it's OK to lie in certain situations, like just because you were trying to "win" a show.)
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house;
nor his field, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any of his cattle,
nor whatever belongs to thy neighbour. (Anyone on the show jealous of what the other people have?)
This doesn't even include the homosexual behavior.
It just amazes me what Christians will watch and then say "it's not real, it's only entertainment". Would you sit there and watch it if Jesus was sitting next to you on the couch? What do you think he would say about the show? I'm pretty sure it would grieve Him to see how His people are treating each other and behaving.
I admit that I have been guilty in the past of sitting there and watching a show where unmarried people were having sex. I know for sure that I wouldn't do that if Jesus was sitting next to me. Why do we feel like he doesn't see us?
The Bible tells us to focus on what is good and true and right. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. –Philippians 4:8 (NIV)"
I don't understand why people feel the need to fill their heads with garbage. There is enough tragedy, cheating, lying, stealing, cursing, killing, coveting, etc in real life. Watch the news for an hour and you'll get more than your fill. Why do people want to glorify ungodly behavior? Why watch a show that you wouldn't let your children watch?
The world will tell you that you can "do it all, have it all, watch it all" and still be a Christian. Maybe that's true, but I'm pretty sure you'll be a Christian living in sin. God tells us to be "set apart from the world". I'm not saying you have to live like a freak- although I think your witness would be a lot more evident than that of someone who looks just like the world. God doesn't want lukewarm Christians.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.