Is Watching TV or Movies a Sin?

The debate over whether watching tv or movies is a sin has been on for years.  Some argue that watching TV or movies is a sin because of the explicit content that is often displayed while others maintain that it is perfectly harmless entertainment. However, let's take a different perspective and look at the pros and cons of watching TV or movies.

Is Watching TV or Movies a Sin?

First and foremost, it is essential to understand that entertainment has been a way of life for humans for centuries. From storytelling around the campfire to attending theater performances, people have always enjoyed being entertained. TV and movies have simply evolved into modern forms of entertainment that have become increasingly prevalent in the lives of people all over the world.

One of the benefits of watching TV or movies is that it can be an excellent way of relaxation after a long day. It has been scientifically proven that watching a movie or TV show can be a stress reliever for some individuals. It can help reduce anxiety levels, which can positively impact their mental health. In addition, it can bring families and friends together, giving them something to bond over.

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Moreover, TV and movies provide a platform for different cultures to come together, learn from each other's perspective and promote unity. They simply provide a window into different cultures and can educate viewers on important issues such as social justice and political unrest. In many cases, TV shows and movies have been used as a platform to bring about social change and raise awareness on important issues.

On the other hand, watching TV or movies can be harmful. Some argue that it promotes sedentary behavior, lulling individuals into a state of inactivity. In turn, this can lead to health problems such as weight gain, heart disease, and obesity.

Also, some content on TV or movies can be negative, promoting undesirable values such as violence and profanity. Some movies or shows may also promote immoral values, such as adultery, fornication etc,  which can lead to moral decay, especially amongst young adults.

Here's where the issue of sin comes in. Anything that causes the flow of fellowship one has with God, to cease or be minimized can be considered a sin. This is because what such acts leads to ultimately, is separation from God.

As such, movies or watching TV isn't inherently a sin. 

However, when it begins to encroach on your spiritual routines, or even time meant for other things,  or begins to become the basis or standard by which one does things, one can be well on the way to leading a life not pleasing unto God. These things are subtle really, it starts with statements like, "it's not that deep", "wón tún dé" (they have come again) etc

The problem isn't that "they have come again", it is that a heart shift has happened. One would realize this if one chooses to do a honest analysis of what the heart has become. Eg. Loving people only when they're present isn't bad after all; pretence is a better option, deceiving your way to the top, a little skin reveal is not so bad, maybe cohabitation isn't so bad, as long as there was no sexual intimacy etc. The issue is not about watching movies or tv, a believer can very well do these things.

The whole essence is that, you filter or choose what you should feast on. You have no business with a show that promotes nudity and glorifies sex in an ungodly way, you have no business with a movie that makes steps leading to compromise normal. These days, the entertainment industry seeks to dictate the ideal for the world. It is our duty as ambassadors of a different kingdom, to represent where we profess to come from. "It is not that deep" only leads to compromise. King Lemuel's mother was saying to him in Proverbs 31vs4: "It is not for kings, Oh Lemuel, it is not for kings"........She was simply educating him on kingdom culture, ie there's a way of life for royalty and that's exactly how it is for us as believers.

On a final note, Phillipians 4vs8 says: For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. (AMP). It is your responsibility to filter everything through the lens of God's word, run it by the word; the truth that stands until the end of time, then conclude on what is right or wrong. 

God's word is not a fence we should keep trying to jump over, it is a guard-rail. I pray we all make pleasing God a priority, Amen.

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