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¶630.2.5 AS REGARDS MYSELF AND OTHERS: Entertainment

¶630.2.5 Entertainment

We evaluate all forms of entertainment in the light of biblical standards for holy living, and
recognize that we must govern ourselves according to these standards. The Scriptures say, “we
have an obligation – but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live
according to the sinful nature you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body you will live” (Romans 8:12, 13).

In a culture where pleasure is ardently pursued, we must exercise care regarding our recreational activities. We face a multitude of entertainment media – television, videos, movies, music, the internet, magazines, novels, video games etc. Since many of these are pursued in the home, we cannot be legislated into wise choices; we must make them from a renewed heart. In the case of children and young people living at home, however, our convictions as Christian parents should prevail.

Our choices regarding entertainment must recognize some modern diversions promote violence, excite sexual desire or awaken greed, and certain atmospheres encourage and promote tolerance of vice and vulgarity.

We commit ourselves to be moderate in our pursuit of entertainment, regarding carefully the wise use of time and money and the stewardship of the body so as to avoid evil of every kind and honour Christ in everything.

Therefore when making choices with regard to entertainment, before the Lord we should
forthrightly answer such questions as: Does this activity enhance or reduce my witness as a
Christian? Does it contradict the teachings of Scripture? Is my conscience clear? Will
participation expose me to unnecessary temptation? Is this activity in any sense enslaving?
(Psalm 19:12-14; I Corinthians 6:12, 19-20; 8:9; 10:23-24)

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