In the teachers’ lounge one day, my husband mentioned how our family doesn’t watch TV, because we found it sinful in our lives.
The other teachers gasped and scoffed, and one said, “Sitting down and watching TV is NOT a sin.”
That may be true. I mean, Jesus never said that amusing yourself with programs is a sin.
But is that how we should operate as Christians?Should we look for a direct “thou shalt not” and do whatever we want that isn’t called out by name in the Bible?The bare minimum that we can do, as Christians, is to conduct our decision-making based on how sinful something is.We shouldn’t be asking, “Well, does the Bible say it’s a sin to blah blah? No? Ok, I’m doing it.”We should be asking if something helps us be more like Christ.
If something isn’t positively leading you to godliness, don’t do that thing.Question what you watch on tv or if you watch at all, what you read, what you talk about, what you think about, what you do when you first wake up in the morning, what you spend your money on, what you wear and why you wear it, your goals in life, your emotions, everything. We chose to forgo the TV, because we saw the underlying issue of wasted time and purity of mind and even money. It is right to always be honing our understandings of sin, even subtle sins, so that we can avoid them and then achieve a closer relationship to God.
Can you think of a not-so-obvious sin that you avoid that others may not believe to even be sinful? Was it easy or hard to give it up for the Lord?
Can you think of something in your life that you could sacrifice for Him now?
Guest Post written by Hayley Jackson:
I am Hayley Jackson, 26-year old wife to Cory, mother to three under
three. I am determined and desperate to know more of Christ’s love.
I’m an old-fashioned person in love with the life of simplicity.