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Big Question: Christian Entertainment? 09.09

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Does ‘entertainment’ have a place in God’s kingdom?”

 

“Everything has a ‘Time and Place’… so where does Entertainment fit in?”

 

Personally, I love a bit of entertainment especially in a social setting involving those I know and love. My discipline is in an industry where the majority of its purpose is built on an obsession with being entertained therefore I understand how our lives can be saturated by entertainment and ‘having fun’ from a very small age. It is a major part of our contemporary culture.

In Christian circles there is always much debate about entertainment.Many use entertainment to escape the demands of life with its stresses, traumas and anxieties. However, some Christians brand theatricals, music and dramas as the devil’s tools distracting us from doing God’s work. Others claim entertainments can be used to glorify God, even spreading the gospel. And still, others believe that secular entertainment is fine, as long as it’s of clean content. 

But what does God really think about entertainment? Is there a right time a place or context for entertainment? If so, where and when is it?  What type of entertainment is suitable for the Christian?

 

*For the purpose of this debate, I will include a dictionary definition of the word entertainment.
en·ter·tain·ment
-noun 
1.The act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind;diversion;  
amusement: Solving the daily crossword puzzle is an entertainment for many.
2.Something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, esp.a performance
of some kind: The highlight of the ball was an elaborate entertainment.
3.Hospitable provision for the needs and wants of guests.
4.A divertingly adventurous, comic, or picaresque novel.
5.Obsolete . maintenance in service.

19 comments on “Big Question: Christian Entertainment? 09.09

  1. darren
    September 9, 2010

    well as it stands i feel that enterianment is not bad thing cause the lord wants to have a joyable christian life as it many parts furits of the spirt if you took that
    nescessaty it will be satan doing of un able to enjoy what is good in life ( entertained ) cause aint entertament one thing make christianaity one of key vocial points as i know there serious parts of christainty but there also parts
    where we can still maintain faith by having fun but in concept of our faith

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  2. R Buffong
    September 9, 2010

    Lets breakdown the word ‘enter-tain-ment’ to start with…

    Enter = to come in
    Tain = to hold or to possess
    Ment = a state of

    So if we put it all together we get…

    Something is coming in,
    Something is holding us or possessing us,
    And something is keeping us in this state of possession.

    The Greek word for ‘entertainment’ meens TO HOST or TO INVITE IN.

    As stated above in the dictionary definition for ‘entertainment’ it is there for ‘amusement’ or ‘to amuse’

    The definition of the word ‘amuse’ is : to deceive by diverting the attention.

    In the above dictionary definition there is one word that keeps appearing and that word is ‘diversion’, the word ‘diversion’ or ‘to divert’ is to cast your mind on other things to block out what may be currently on your mind. Which is why in Rome they created entertainment to divert the minds of the people away from what was really going on.

    Diversion can also be a form of deception and as we are already aware Satan s the great deceiver.

    In Hebrews 13:1-2 it shows that it is indeed possible to entertain good angels. However, that must meen that it is also possible to entertain evil angels right?

    My understanding of entertainment is something that is for OUR amusement or OUR pleasure and you would usually want to be entertained when you are struggling to find other things to do.

    In my view there will be no need or purpose for entertainment in Heaven as we will be FAR from bored and our minds will not need to be diverted from what’s going on around us 🙂

    I hope this helped

    God Bless

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  3. darren
    September 9, 2010

    A mime working for tips, Paris, France
    Entertainment consists of any activity which provides a diversion or permits people to amuse themselves in their leisure time. Entertainment is generally passive, such as watching opera or a movie. Active forms of amusement, such as recreations or sports, are more often considered to be recreation.[1] Activities such as personal reading or practicing a musical instruments are considered as hobbies.
    The industry that provides entertainment is called the entertainment industry. There are many forms of entertainment for example: cinema, theatre, sports, games and social dance. Puppets, clowns, pantomimes and cartoons tend to appeal to children, though adults may also find them enjoyable.

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  4. Stefan "Dj 4Real" Davis
    September 9, 2010

    Entertain occurs 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV Hbr 13:2

    R Buffong didn’t quote the whole scripture and thus removes it from it’s context

    (It States)1 Let brotherly love continue. 2.Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

    New Testament (Greek) for “Entertain” is xenizō pronounced “kse-nē’-zō”
    Strongs Defines xenizō as:

    1) to receive as a guest, to entertain, hospitably
    a) to be received hospitably
    b) to stay as a guest, to lodge
    c) be lodged
    2) to surprise or astonish by the strangeness and novelty of a thing
    b) to think strange, be shocked

    Thus My conclusion is this:
    Entertainment Is a God given opportunity to show Brotherly love, by going over and above the expectations of our fellow brothers and sister’s (saved or unsaved) to make them feel welcome around us.

    Thus the Scripture could read:

    1 Let brotherly love continue. 2.Be not forgetful to (Openly receive others, going over and above the expectations) of strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.

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  5. R Buffong
    September 10, 2010

    ‘…for thereby some have entertained ANGELS unaware’ so whats your understanding behind this?
    If we’re talking about entertainment as in being hospitable then of course there’s a place for that, after all, Mary and Martha showed Jesus hospitality.
    But in its other context, Jesus is our example right, if you can clearly show me a passage in the Bible where Jesus went for entertainment then I will accept it but as far as I am aware Jesus spent 100% of His time doing the work of His Father and had no need for entertainment and no need for diversion of His mind 🙂 God Bless

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  6. R Buffong
    September 10, 2010

    ‘…for thereby some have entertained ANGELS unaware’ so whats your understanding behind this?
    If we’re talking about entertainment as in being hospitable then of course there’s a place for that, after all, Mary and Martha showed Jesus hospitality.
    But in its other context, Jesus is our example right, if you can clearly show me a passage in the Bible where Jesus went for entertainment then I will accept it but as far as I am aware Jesus spent 100% of His time doing the work of His Father and had no need for entertainment and no need for diversion of His mind 🙂
    P.S: its no coincidence that the entertainment capital of the world is called ‘Sin City’.
    God Bless

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  7. Daniel J. Blyden
    September 10, 2010

    Interesting, a few differing views already. Nobody has yet considered the good and bad entertainment, but we’ll get there.

    Lets consider the book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12 v 12 says “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” and then my concordance points me to chapter 1 v 18 where it says “For in much wisdom is much grief and he that increaseth in knowledge increaseth sorrow.”

    Then he says in Chapter 2:24 There is nothing better for a man that he should eat and drink and that he should make his soul enjoy in his good labour. This I saw that it was from the hand of God. He then repeats this again in Chapter 3:12-13

    Is this telling us that too much dwelling on the studying and no play is detrimental to us? Or are these texts just there because Solomon was having a bad trip?

    Can we strike a balance?

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  8. adam hazel
    September 10, 2010

    can someone sumarise this for me?

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  9. adam hazel
    September 10, 2010

    first of all in the context of the discussion, hebrews 13 is speaking about a completely different thing…

    Entertainent is one of those things where the definiton of what people believe to be entertainment is messed around… Entertainment can be in different forms, we have TV, Music etc… and I think that we use the term entertainment in too broad a sense…

    Now to take TV, we know it has no spiritual blessing to us, and in fact only lowers down our general experience of God, unless your watching Final Events, but secular TV will only do evil, and we class that as entertainment, and in that sense it is bad…

    Rebekah said something I totally agree with, if entertainment is about trying to make yourself have fun, for the purpose of benefitting yourself, which often won’t benefit you anyways, then it is WRONG, but that is a different principle to doing God’s work and having fun…

    The issue is where is your focus directed to, if it is yourself then how can we expect it to be right, we are hopeless by ourselves. Saying that, many people will say “oh, that means you shouldn’t eat, or shouldn’t laugh with people” but then if our focus is to God, we will see that he fills us with so much joy and happiness, the “entertainment” of this world is insufficient compared to the joy of working for God

    1 Corinthians 10:31-33

    And Matthew 6:33- seek ye first the kingdom of God, and ALL will be added unto you… If our state of mind is solely for God, the way we see the Word of God will bring joy, rather than having to go to the “entertainment” sector

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  10. R Buffong
    September 10, 2010

    agreed 🙂

    The simple answer is…

    we’ll find out when we get there 🙂

    I pray that we will all get there

    God Bless

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  11. adam hazel
    September 10, 2010

    i think we need to find out before, otherwise it will keep some people out of heaven

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  12. John Stephenson
    September 12, 2010

    Entertainment: Something that amuses, pleases, or diverts, especially a performance or show.
    please, charm, cheer. Amuse, divert, entertain mean to occupy the attention with something pleasant. That which amuses is usually playful or humorous and pleas…es the fancy. Divert implies turning the attention from serious thoughts or pursuits to something light, amusing, or lively.

    Trying to strike a balance is like what they do on the adverts when they are tempting you to drink or gamble, “gamble responsibly”, “drink responsibly.”

    Consider, if people are given to entertainment they will never become spiritual and if those who are spiritual give themselves to entertainment they will soon lose their spirituality!

    “Intense worldliness has been one of Satan’s most successful temptations. He designs to keep the hearts and minds of men so engrossed with worldly attractions that there will be no room for heavenly things. He controls their minds in their love of the world. Earthly things eclipse the heavenly, and put the Lord out of their sight and understanding. . . . ”
    http://www.whiteestate.org/devotional/lhu/01_14.asp

    “I saw that it was impossible to have the affections and interests engrossed in worldly cares, ………….. and yet be in a waiting, watching position, as our Saviour has commanded. ” . . . {Mar 56.2}

    Entertainment or amusement is a CHIEF strategy of Satan to divert the mind from watching and praying. It is a chief SNARE that is presently being used that will be effective in the destruction of the unwary!

    These times are too ominous for us to be giving ourselves to trifles and frivolity. Far better to redeem the time by watching and prayer!

    This was what the early church did and all the saints following and we are suposed to be the remnant.
    Mark 13:33 “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”

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  13. Thando
    September 13, 2010

    Firstly the definition of the word entertainment has little to do with the subject at hand. Had we a biblical definition of it then we would dwell on it but the world has defined the word for us and I fear we cannot use these definitions as a basis for a spiritual argument, I move that we use them as mere references. The best we can do is to compare scenarios and glean the principles. The word entertainment it is just a construct that can be used in different contexts to construct different ideas. If we say entertainment is a diverting agent something that takes your mind off something. Then let us consider the bereaved and the comforters who divert their attention; does this constitute entertainment? If it does, is it wrong?
    Let’s consider two groups of people; one group goes to watch Titanic and the other Final events by Pastor Doug Bachelor. What are the differences between their actions? Can we call the other entertainment and the other not and why?
    How about one who is studying merchant of Venice and another who is studying steps to Christ? Can we call the other entertainment and the other not and why?
    The last groups to consider are those who go to a club to celebrate a birthday and another that goes to celebrate at friend’s house after Sabbath hours. Can we call the other entertainment and the other not and why?
    The conclusion of the matter then is that, the motive stands supreme, if the object is to lift Christ up and effect the beholders to a positive knowledge of Christ according to the knowledge given unto you then fine, but if you lift up anything else then woe unto you. In addition to that if you gorge on the devil’s buffet then I agree completely with the previous bloggers in that the buffet will serve to diminish your affinity to God.

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  14. Justin Mullings
    September 14, 2010

    There is nothing wrong with entertainment as a whole. A problem only arises when either entertainment becomes intergrated with personal satisfaction, so that it becomes the main medium of enjoyment, or when the form of entertainment influences sinfullness within the entertained or entertainer. Unfortunitly, the mainstream forms of entertainment have been tarnished by the latter, causing people to associate these forms of entertainment with sinfulness; however this does not have to be the case. Music, films, games etc. can be produced by godly people, and can be both entertaining and beneficial, as long as it does not take over your life. Remember that entertainment is created for mankind, mankind was not created to be entertained. It can be a fun and positive part of your life, as long as your life doesn’t evolve around it.

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