You’ve probably heard the term “you are what you eat.” When you put junk into your body, you feel like junk in return. The same idea is true when it comes to entertainment.
Every Monday night, you can be sure that there are gatherings of women everywhere, ready to sit in front of the TV and watch a lucky bachelor or bachelorette date 25 people in pursuit of “love.”
Every Thursday night, Dr. Grey and the crew at Grey-Sloan Memorial have some dramatic and traumatic hospital experience to unravel right before our eyes—in between hook-ups, break-ups and the death of every character you’ve ever loved.
And if you can’t seem to get into those shows, or the prime time entertainment that fills our screens on a nightly basis, you’re sure to find one worth binge watching on Netflix.
The point is that all of these shows have one thing in common. They encourage you to root for “love,” by way of lust. They set up storylines that almost always require some type of adultery in order for the characters that viewers want to be a couple to actually end up together.
It seems harmless.
Watching Ross Geller say “Rachel” instead of “Emily” at the altar was obviously what every Friends fan wanted.
But are the drama of these characters true to what we believe as Christians? Is it feeding our minds and our hearts with good, holy and pure things?
Putting junk into your body means that you’re going to get junk out of your exercise routine later. Putting junk into your mind means that the way you live and justify your actions and those of the people around you will also be junk.
If you have to justify what you’re watching, it’s probably less than glorifying to God.
All of this to say, it doesn’t matter that you don’t actually live like Olivia Pope. If you’re filling your mind with junk (even when it seems like a seriously incredible TV show), then your actions and convictions will follow suit.