A simple glance at the news headlines tells us the world is in a lot of trouble. ISIS terrorists murdering innocent people; racial tensions tearing America apart; Christians being murdered and imprisoned around the world…and on and on.
Christians are called to be light and salt to this world, sharing the gospel of salvation and making disciples of all nations. We are also warned that while we are in the world we are to be separate of its ways and desires. No easy task as the world continues to seduce us with deception and the illusion that we are in control. One area of struggle for many of us is in our choices of entertainment. What is godly and what is of the world? How do we walk this fine line when we know many things are just not beneficial?
“God is not tolerant; He is patient. This nation has become extremely tolerant, but not patient.” Dave Wager
The conversation focused around how we use our time and what we allow in our lives. You might refer to this as “hours of influence” in our lives. We also might consider not only how we spend our time, but our money as well. Everything we have comes from the One who owns it all. Are we working for things that are eternal, seeking first His kingdom, or things that are temporary and fleeting, including forms of entertainment?
If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. John 12:47-48
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 16:19-21
And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21
What is Pokemon? (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry)
*Link removed about Pokemon creator being anti-Christian; though there may be some truth to it, the post was on a satire site.