Wednesday, June 16, 2004

WANTED: Thinking Christians

This article is one of the inspirations for starting this blog.

In it, James Montgomery Boice points out that our culture is being "entertain[ed] to death." More precisely, he means that we are so enamored with entertainment, that it becomes our primary goal in life and damages our ability to think rationally, logically, and critically.

He then goes on to say that television (still one of the main sources of our entertainment) doesn't compliment religion. In Boice's words, "when you put religion on television, religion becomes entertainment" and doesn't promote the teaching of the Word or the application thereof.

I'd like to hear from you! The comments are always open to anyone reading this blog.

Romans 12:2: "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind."


At 1:22 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

I somewhat disagree with Boice's statement about television and religion. God's Word remains powerful and sharp regardless of the media in which it is displayed. I would say that the religion on television is meant to be entertainment and does not accurately convey the Bible as it is written. If John MacArthur, a Bible teacher, uses television to convey God's Word, then I see nothing wrong with that. I would go on to say that the media of television could be a fantastic way to teach Christians and promote the faith and unity of believers as Paul encourages us in Ephesians 4.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Bert said...

Good point, Nathan. This is something that Boice touched on when speaking of Billy Graham. Certainly one doesn't have to be Mr. Graham to be able to communicate Biblical truth on television.

The point I believe he's making is that too many times, religion is presented as entertainment, and that isn't the purpose.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Johnny-Dee said...

The problem is not television or entertainment per se. Rather, I think it is the way television, entertainment, and the church are used. Rather than the church being the pillar and support of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15), many have tried to make it into a venue of entertainment. The most obvious way to do that is through visual media.

Now visual media can be used for good purposes. The problem that I imagine Boice sees is not in the church using twenty-first century technology. My guess is that he is opposed to the church trying to amuse the world into discipleship, instead of proclaiming the truth.

And finally... is proclaiming the truth and being entertaining mutually exclusive? My answer is sometimes, and how one answers that question will show what options are viable for this issue.


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