Worldly Entertainments Can Be Harmful to the Soul

Posted: October 2, 2009 in Culture

I would not label most worldly entertainments (such as TV, movies, internet, ipod’s, video games, ect.)  as intrinsically evil, but we should interact with these forms of entertainment with moderation and caution. The question shouldn’t always be, “is this sinful?” but rather, “is this helpful for my growth?” Pastor Matt Chandler, talking about morally neutral things, basically says we should fill our lives with things that stir our affections for Christ, and avoid  things that rob us of our affections for Christ.

One of the things that robs me of joy and love for Christ and his purposes are intaking too much media such as TV and movies. As I was reading J.C. Ryle’s book, Thoughts for Young Men, he said something very interesting and helpful about ‘worldly entertainments.’ Keep in mind, R.C. Ryle wrote this over 100 years ago. I wonder what his thoughts of media would be if he was still around today…

This, too, is one good reason why worldly entertainments are so objectionable. It may be difficult, in some instances, to show that they are, in themselves, positively unscriptural and wrong. But there is little difficulty in showing that the tendency of almost all of them is most injurious to the soul. They sow the seeds of an earthly and sensual frame of mind. They war against the life of faith. They promote an unhealthy and unnatural craving after excitement. They minister to the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. They dim the view of heaven and eternity, and give a false color to the things of time. They take away time for private prayer, and Scripture reading, and calm communion with God. The man who mingles in them is like one who gives Satan an advantage. He has a battle to fight, and he gives his enemy the help of sun, and wind, and hill. It would indeed be strange if he did not find himself continually overcome.”

-R.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men

  1. Marcy says:

    Thanks, Disch! Great insight…very helpful.

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