Friday, August 08, 2008

Grace Gems: Christian amusements

Christian amusements

(J. R. Miller, "In Green Pastures" 1890)

Amusement must never become an end in life. It
must always be a means, a help on the way--just
as sleep is, just as rest is. An hour's amusement,
should be to you, just what a night's sleeping is. It
should make you stronger, clearer-headed, braver,
calmer-souled, more hopeful, more earnest, more
enthusiastic--inspiring you for godly living.

Anything which leaves a taint of impurity upon the
life, or starts a thought of impurity in the mind,
anything which degrades or debases the soul--is
an unfit and unworthy amusement for a Christian.
Christian amusements
must be such, as do not
harm spiritual life; they must be means of grace.

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever
you do--do everything for God's glory!" 1 Cor. 10:31

This is so very important to have in mind whenever you go out with your friends, or whenever you're in front of the TV, or in front of the computer, when reading a book, or even when you're just hanging out with a group of people. Lets not forget we serve a Holy God who died to save us, and that He has given us His Holy Spirit and has commanded us in scripture not to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Th 5:19), and whenever we entertain ourselves with "amusements" that fall short in anyway, that "leave a taint of impurity", we do just that we quench the Holy Spirit.

"Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. " 1 Th 5:23

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Penn Tomassetti said...

That is wise counsel... thanks again for such a helpful post.

Stephanie said...

I read that on Grace Gems yesterday and it stuck with me all day...a great guideline to keep in mind for entertainment choices but definitely not an easy one to live out.

Rob Penn said...

So, I sent you an email a while back about your comment on my blog post. Did you get it?

Moon said...

Stephanie you are so right! it is not easy to live out, I used to struggle a lot with the tv series and movies I let myself watch, but after after a while it bothered my conscience and after much prayer and by the Lord's grace I was able to stop watching those tv series, I finally understood that our Lord Jesus Christ suffered much and was humiliated much so that I could be saved, when you look at things through that lens you realize a silly tv series or movie, or book, or (insert amusement here) is truly not worth it. Another thing that helps is to be accountable to someone.
Thanks so much for your comments Steph and Penn! They are always welcomed!

Yep I got it, sorry i haven't replied back i've been a bit busy plus had to go through some verses before I replied back. You should be getting an email from me in a little while.