The entertaining indictment of amusement
The entertaining indictment of your amusement reveals evil. There is nothing worse as a description of Christian ministry. How can I say that? Let’s define some words.
Entertain means: To engage the attention of agreeably; to amuse with that which makes the time pass pleasantly; to divert; To give reception to; to receive, in general; to receive and take into consideration; to admit, treat or make use of;
Amusement means: To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert. To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.
Synonyms to amuse: charm, fascinate, bewitch,
The entertaining indictment sees amusement with no spiritual content
Look at what is entertained— the soul and the flesh. If it is soulish, we’re looking at intellectual stimulation, emotional pleasure, the building up of the soul. If it is fleshly, we are talking about things that feel good, taste good, smell good, look good, arouse, and bring a diversion from soulish issues. Because we really cannot figure it out. We cannot bring peace, joy, or love. Only the Holy Spirit can do those things.
There is a reason why entertainment is one of the largest industries of satan’s world system. It helps us ignore the evil around us. It’s not uplifting, but diverting. The question is: did it lift you up or make you feel good? Were you drawn toward truth or away from it?
Entertainment is the counterfeit to edification, worship, love, and joy— replacing them with the shoddy goods of knowledge, desire, lust, and hilarity.
Am I overstating things?
OF COURSE! I’m trying to get your attention. Entertainment, at its best, does two things: builds up humanity or diverts from evil. The entertaining indictment is that, normally, it desensitizes us from horror and evil, normalizes sin, ignores the power of the Holy Spirit. Once you’ve added edification, you’ve stepped outside the boundaries of entertainment.
What we need is not entertainment, but edification, worship, and love. I’m looking for anointing, not amusement.
Wholeheartedly agree with this, David!
Thanks, Peter. Sometimes I just wonder if I’m nuts.