It’s hard to be a Christian and participate in mainstream media much of the time. You have to figure out not only what can you watch or listen to that doesn’t have pervasive sexual content and a lot of profanities, but also what you can watch that isn’t supporting an unchristian principle. These are things that most Christians agree that you have to think about as standards. But there are also other principles that some Christians insist should go into discernment about media. One of those is the emphatic statement that Christians should never purchase music, even clean music, from an immoral artist.
Recently I revisited a phenomenal illustration by Joshua Harris. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s a minister who’s written some fantastic books, including I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and Sex Isn’t the Problem (Lust Is). In this particular video (which you can watch below), he likens our attitudes toward evil to a bean bag, where we inch closer and closer, saying we’re not actually doing anything wrong, then we eventually end up taking a seat, and are completely swallowed by evil when we try to get out of it. It got me thinking about my entertainment choices. Where have I compromised since I last reevaluated? Have I become soft in some area?