It says something about the state of our Christian culture that blog articles like "Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes” and "Should Christians Watch Game of Thrones?” even need to be written. Yet, with the popularity of original content on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc., Christians are confronted with more and more entertainment options that include far more graphic sex and violence than what has been traditionally allowed on TV and in movie theaters. Unfortunately, these questions must be asked.
Recently, Kevin DeYoung wrote a short article on Gospel Coalition entitled, "I Don't Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones." It was concise and biblically informed, yet some of the responses on Twitter from those who disagreed with him were perplexing. Even if you disagree with my conclusions, hopefully these three excuses aren't of your reasoning:
I’m sure you’re quite fed up with the intolerance of Christians toward homosexuality. Perhaps you’re wondering when we’re finally going to catch up with the rest of society. If so, I just want to give you a word of reassurance. We’ll tolerate homosexuality soon enough. Just give us some time.
First of all, it’s not surprising that we oppose it. Although the Bible never condones hatred of other people, it does say that Christians are supposed to be intolerant of all sin, including homosexuality. But frankly, we don’t follow this rule very well.
When the news of Carrie Fisher’s death hit the internet, the blame was universally directed toward one perpetrator: 2016.
Knowing what’s false and what’s true on the internet isn’t easy, even if we’re being careful. There’s a chance you might do your homework and share something that some people will try argue is fake. You might look into something and find several sources that say it’s wrong, but on closer study you conclude it’s not. But there are instances of news stories that are flat out false, with not a shred of evidence or truth behind them. And there are people, some who claim the name of Christ, who are buying in and reposting. So here are four thoughts on fake news stories from a Christian perspective.
Emotional Christians are Gullible Christians.
Satan’s masterstroke of misleading, isolating, and weakening Christians in America is now paying off. He has fooled many gullible Christians into sharing undeniably false news stories and in so doing the testimony of Christ has been tarnished. I see so many links to false sites all over my Facebook feed. Often times they are shared by otherwise intelligent people and yet they share a link to an article with the headlines like “Hillary Clinton LIED to us all” or “Donald Trump gets DESTROYED by the CIA.” (By the way, if a word is an all caps it’s probably not true).
November 8th is right around the corner. Won’t it be nice when the election is over, and we won’t have to worry about having our Facebook news feeds cluttered with posts about the election? Think of it! No more passionate pleas to vote for a third-party candidate. No more “lesser of two evils” debates. No more angry tirades about Clinton and/or Trump. Yes, once again our social media will be a world of personality quizzes, thug-life memes, and Plexus testimonials like it’s supposed to be.
But who are we kidding? I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling that the angry political debates will rage on for weeks to come. This election is like no other, so it won’t be surprising if the repercussions are like no other.
I’m not writing this article is to influence your vote on Election Day, but to influence your mindset for post-Election Day. No matter who wins the election, there will be hundreds of thousands of depressed, discouraged people come November 9th. It’s OK to feel strongly about this election--it’s tough not to; However, despite the uncertainty of our government’s future, there are certain biblical realities that provide peace for the Christian. These realities should rule our lives no matter what the circumstance, but they will be all the more important in the days following November 8th, after you vote, get your sticker, drive home, and watch all the hand-wringing on TV.
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