The feeling the need to be entertained is an addictive habit, comparable to smoking and drugs.
You see it all around you while you’re out and about; children and adults glued to their cell phones, parents bringing tablets in to pacify their kids at restaurants, a constant need for a television to be on in ones household, constant music while in the car or at home, in the work place, in stores; it’s everywhere.
Why does our society feel the need to be entertained? Our culture has turned into one that as an infant to a toddler children are given cell phones and electronic devices to distract and entertain them. As they grow older kids start pleaded for their own cell phone and/or computer until they finally demand such things from their parents. Just a couple of years ago I remember seeing 12-year-olds that demanded having such tools (yes, they are meant to be tools and not for entertainment) and now the age has gotten younger and younger.
I see children that are between the ages of 8-10 walking around with their faces and hands glued to their phones, constantly taking selfies of themselves or with family and friends, texting, all having to have their own Facebook accounts; all the while parents see it as an innocent development. One of the common reasoning for parents giving their kids things as this at such a young age usually consist of pointing out that their children felt inadequate as all their school friends have the most recent development of entertainment, so why can’t they?
Why do we feel a need to be entertained?
A common misconception that most Christians have lately is that by having a need to be entertained we are allowing ourselves to be distracted from God during most parts of the day. That by allowing what the world seems as right for us and our children to enter into our lives we are no longer putting forth what God says is best for our lives and our families.
Many would argue that these devises, meant to be tools, are not something God would want us to be without. Would he really want us to be behind the times? To not be “cool” or “up-to-date?”
God does not require electronics to speak to us, he requires our time. If we are not able to give him our time because of how much junk we allow into our lives, how will we ever truly hear from him?
How can God speak to you when you allow what’s in the world to be a constant distraction for you and your family? How are you setting your children up and teaching them to learn to hear from Him?
Do you believe that God is using social media to get your attention or is it just something to do to keep up with the rest of the world? Will you find God in the movies you watch? Is He verbally speaking through your radios and music? Is that Him texting you constantly throughout the day? Is He running around through your video games helping you learn about His Kingdom?
If you’re still reading this, I would like to challenge you to take the time and compare how much time you give God, your Heavenly Father, to how much time you spend on being entertained by everything else in the world. See who is getting most of your time and think about who is more deserving of it.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He gave His Son, what are you giving?
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV)
Throughout the Bible we are told to come out from among them. To come out from among the world and what the world is doing. If what the world was doing was so innocent, why would God tell us to stay away from it? Is he just a mean Spirit that doesn’t want us to have any fun? Or could it be that there are spiritual reasons we are to stay away? Could it be that maybe He is trying to protect us because He loves us enough already that His only begotten Son died for us?
Without entertainment we feel bored and usually don’t know what to do with our time. We feel stagnant and can easily get antsy. Most may feel that their relationship with God is so boring that they would much rather be doing ANYthing else than spend time with Him. Maybe the problem is not that God and the Bible are boring and we never feel we hear from Him, maybe it’s that there’s too much junk in our lives for Him to communicate with us effectively.
Here’s something to consider when you want to move forward: Note to self: Die to self