Our American culture is one that has developed an addiction to entertainment. We spend billions of dollars on movies, video games and music every year. We spend countless hours in front of the television over the course of our lives. Not only do we put our time and money into being entertained, we find ourselves engaged in the lives of those in the entertainment industry. Whether we realize it or not, this over-saturation of entertainment has an effect on our lives. First, it desensitizes us to sinful activity. Second, it leads to a compromise in our own morality. Finally, our approach to entertainment has a profound effect on our influence upon others.
The biggest problem that comes from the exposure to our world of entertainment is the desensitization towards sin. In this day and age kids are raised as much by the television as they are by the Bible. When you are raised with something from birth, it’s hard to give it up and its influence is profound.
In addition to television and movies, we continue to be attacked with immoral music, and we continue to become desensitized. I’ll admit that this has been a problem for me from time to time. You hear a song, it’s catchy, it gets stuck in your head, you buy it, you listen to it to death, and then you figure out what it’s really talking about. Now you have the dilemma – do I delete the song? Do I just decide I’ll think of it the way I did before and ignore the immoral meaning? Desensitization by entertainment strikes again. May we never let iTunes or Universal Studios define what is sinful and what is ok.