Growing up I was told that sin is never OK. A lie, even a white one, is always wrong. Stealing, no matter the reason, is always wrong. Cheating, regardless of the severity of the situation, is always wrong. Until recently, that’s what I was taught. However, lately I’ve been taught otherwise. And I’m not talking about things I’ve learned from the world. I’m talking about something that it seems Christians have begun to believe: that sin is always wrong…except when it’s on television.
If you’re like me, you’re wishing you had put on your steel toed boots because this issue steps all over your toes. However, it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. If you turn on the television to almost any network, it won’t be long before characters on that particular show find themselves in sinful situations. In fact, most television shows are cluttered with sinful situations, relationships and attitudes. Were a Christian to face any of these things in their regular life, they wouldn’t hesitate to recognize it as sin. But for some reason, we find ways to justify them when they’re on T.V.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote:
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
In short (as my friend Tony Johnson said), we need to think Jesus…even when it comes to television.