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    • #1319

      michael
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      My topic today will be concerning the justice of entertainment. Society today teaches that entertainment is a harmless privilege. As Christians, we must question this lifestyle of entertainment that has permeated our routines. Who is harmed if I take a five-minute brake? Is it truly evil to spend a bit of time in entertainment? Well, think of it this way we are to be good stewards of the resources (money, time, etc.) that God entrusts to us by giving and loving. Time can either be translated into money that can be used to help others, or it can be directly translated into loving others. It is not so much that entertainment hurts others; it is that, generally, it does not benefit anyone but the doer. In summation since our time is from God and is given to us so that we can distribute it to others, it is unjust if we steal time for ourselves through entertainment since we are to love others with that time. To say it another way, it is what is justly due that we love others, and entertainment is unjust because it keeps us from giving others what they are due.

      So what should we do? Is all entertainment bad? Instead of asking, “what is bad?” let us ask, “what is good?” What is good is to love others. There will be times when loving others means partaking in entertainment. An example that comes to mind is in building new relationships, sometimes the best way may be “wasting time.” This time spent building relationship in entertainment is not truly wasted. As in many things the motive is what counts. There is not a solid standard or checklist; it is merely knowing and seeking the will of God.

    • #1354

      wgshort
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      I’m going to disagree with you, Michael. Entertainment is defined as the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment. My belief is that as it stands this is neither just or unjust. Justice has to do with our treatment of others. Entertainment has nothing to do with this. If all somebody does is sit around reading books, playing video games, watching movies, etc., yes, he is wasting many opportunities to display love towards others, but he isn’t doing anything unjust. You argue that it is justly due that we love others and entertainment is keeping us from this. However, does all our time need to be spent loving others? Also there can be positive things that come from entertainment as well. For example, entertainment often serves as an escape from a busy day of work, or a way to clear your thoughts. Sometimes we need a little break to ourselves. Entertainment provides us with a way to do that.

      • #1357

        Actually,  tv and videogames are bad for you, and often have immoral elements besides.  It’s hurting you, which means you can’t serve God as well.  Also, why should you spend time doing anything besides loving others?  There is probably always something better to do than tv or videogames.  Books can be entertaining and also be educational and spiritually beneficial as well, so I could perhaps sympathise with someone reading for entertainment.  Board games and Card games are usually good for you too, chess for instance, because they require you to think.  Michael said that videogames can build relationships, which can be true, but it is not NEARLY the best way to build relationships.  It just seems to me like there are always much much better alternatives to entertainment, so why do it?  Really, is there any good reason?

    • #1366

      nathaniel
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      I agree with you, Michael. This is going to be pretty short, but I have to say something positive. I would say that video games and television seem to have a very negative attitude towards them in the conservative mind. This makes sense because, unlike books, these forms of media can immediately be interpreted in your mind, and very often, wether we like it or not, the things we see do affect us. However, if we are careful, and understand the way the world thinks, and the narrative being pushed by the type of media we are enjoying, it can be a great way to form a relationship, especially because of how many conversations you can start with someone about a particular show/game you enjoy.

      • #1367

        You could form a relationship on something more important than tv or videogames.

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