As we near the end of our second week with no TV, no movies, no video games, no social networking and no mp3 players, I am thinking about one of the few television shows that I watched regularly. It’s a smartly written and often hilarious comedy program and I watched every episode of the first five seasons.
The clarity that this experiment has brought me has allowed me to assess just how appropriate it is for me, as a Christian, to soak my mind in such fare. For all of its artistic excellence, this program is like almost every other contemporary TV comedy: It features story lines that normalize and even glorify fornication, unmarried cohabitation, and other forms of sexual immorality; the characters use occasional profanity; the humor is often coarse and demeaning (especially to women, motherhood, and, on at least one episode, Christians.)
Over our doorpost Missy has hung a framed print-out of Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
How can I honor God and edify myself by polluting my spirit with such content and taking delight in it? Obviously, I can’t. I can find nothing that is honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, or praiseworthy in it.
Romans 12:2 counsels the followers of Christ to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
I want and need all of of that mind-renewal stuff I can get. Bring it on, Lord!