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YOUR CRAVE FOR AMUSEMENT

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Next to the need for sex and sleep is the need to be amused. Humans have a crave for amusement. We all like to laugh, and we really want or better still sometimes crave for amusement and get us out of our ordinary emotional state. This gives us an idea of the reason for the recent boom in the entertainment industry.

Anyone that is able to appeal to our sinking emotions gets access into our pockets and of course our minds. We, in turn, tag the fellow celebrity. However, we are too blindfolded by this crave to be amused that we don’t even mind if it comes at the expense of our souls. What do I mean?

Comedy

Have you ever paid attention to the most of the content of the comedy or jokes we have in the entertainment scene today? Most jokes out there- (definitely not all) are explicit in nature. If they are not making a jest of a female body part, then they are about some guy that couldn’t hit on a girl or about girls that refuse guys sex after spending all the guys’ money.

Movies

Movies are more sensitive. We watch movies most of the time “for the fun of it”. However, some concepts are being translated into our minds subtlety. Like from a personal perspective, I believe the movie “A thousand words” has too many New Age movement content, “I Give It A Year” was saying that ‘taking a divorce’, then moving on to the next person is the solution to a struggling marriage.

Every movie communicates something which could be either beneficial or detrimental to the soul. I enjoyed “Warm Bodies” and “Frozen”. Both movies portrayed the power of friendship. (I hope to do a post on these movies someday).

Apart from the messages these movies try to communicate, we find ourselves in a society where we see some acts as sinful. However, we don’t mind watching such acts on our Television screen, with the excuse of – “at least it’s just a movie, it’s not like it actually happened”.

Take for instance images of adultery, nudity and profanity that are carried in most movies today. It hurts me to see Christians watching movies where God’s name is used as a curse word and laugh over such actions. Take for instance “The wolf of wall street”, where the “f” word was used an average of every 21 seconds- approximately 506 times, the “s” word 70 times, while God’s name was blasphemed 28 times.

Allow me the pleasure of not mentioning R rated movies. By the way, I wrote an article; What I do When It Gets to Sex Scenes in Movies.

Music

There has been a continuous battle on what kind of music is permissible or healthy to listen to- “secular versus gospel”.  I am of the opinion that secular doesn’t equate evil. Read more in this post; My Opinion on Secular Music.

That politics is secular doesn’t make it evil. I learnt from my Pastor (Iren Emmanuel) that a Gospel song is one whose counsel is consistent with the word of God. Going by this definition, some gospel-tagged songs will not fall under this category and some so-called secular songs will fall under. For instance, a husband singing “Olomi” by Ebenezer Obey or “Tonight” by John Legend” to his wife will not be out of the context. Still, I have had it more convenient or let me say “safer” to listen to cover videos or just the audio of these so-called secular songs because of their video content.

I am definitely not a killjoy. I know that most of what has been read to this point are issues of personal concern and struggle to many youths today, of which I am not an exception. However, one question keeps ensnaring me.  “Am I being amused to the detriment of my soul”?

Consider this Proverb- “Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life…Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.  Watch your step. Stick to the path and be safe.  Don’t sidetrack; pull back your foot from danger”. (Proverbs 4:23-27)

What if being amused at the expense of one’s soul is wrong i.e a sin? Like using my body parts (eyes, ears) as an instrument to sin.

Never offer any part of your body to sin’s power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of”. (Romans 6:13)

Every kind of wrongdoing is sin” (1 John 5:17)

I will wrap this post up with a question, and then I will allow Yahweh give us a suggestion on what the answer might be.

WHAT IS THE COST OF A HUMAN SOUL?

“Woe to the world for such temptations to sin and influences to do wrong! It is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the person on whose account or by whom the temptation comes!  And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off and throw it away from you; it is better (more profitable and wholesome) for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into everlasting fire.  And if your eye causes you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you; it is better (more profitable and wholesome) for you to enter life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the hell of fire”. (Matthew 18:7-9 (AMP))

Is there anything worth being crippled or blind for? Your soul is, according to Jesus.

I AM NOT SAYING BEING AMUSED IS A SIN. BUT ENSURE IT’S NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR SOUL BECAUSE IT WON’T BE WORTH IT ON THE LONG RUN.

What has this post communicated to you? I am waiting to see your comment.

Thank you for reading, I’ll be waiting to see your comment. 

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  1. Hmmm. Deep thoughts brother. I have recently found myself referring to Phil 4:8 when I’m faced with the question of ‘is this detrimental to my soul?’
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. -Philippians 4:8
    P.S – The only ‘Olomi’ I know was performed by Tosin Martins.

    1. Yeah, Eph 4:8, is a good passage for self appraisal. It can help to define what is good and what is detrimental, but one must be careful not to judge this verse with from a personal or social or cultural stand point but from the Word of God.
      It’s “Olomi Gbotemi” by Ebenezer Obey

  2. I think you re right..nice post.very helpful.

    1. So happy to hear that.

  3. I love love love. Its like you know what I have been waiting to read and I hope someone else reads this & gets blessed. May God increase your anointing sir 😀

    1. Awww…this kinda comment keeps me motivated, thanks Anu 😉

  4. Oh My!!Tolu you hit the nail!It just seems like our minds are syncd in this post.Really I have wondered about this in the past.
    There are times I have deleted movies from my laptop before even watching them(The wolf of wall street,Ted etc).Why?Cause when I scrolled through them they used too many foul languages or there are too many obscene scenes but even this is not good enough.
    Once there is just one non-glorifying part in a movie we should try not to watch it at all.
    Also about things done in movies and we tell our selves that it is not really being done/it is not us doing it so it doesn’t matter..THAT’S A BIG LIE!It does matter.Cause the bible has said whatever things are pure,beatiful of good report etc(phil 4:7) we should think on those things.One beatiful movie made reference to this,”TIME CHANGER”(it’s a must watch)
    Really God has given you a beatiful message to pass across..a question we should always ask ourselves when catching our fun:Am I having fun to the detriment of my spirit/soul?
    #GodhelpusheedtoHisword

  5. This is so, so true…recently I had to trash some movies (Wolf of Wallstreet was a total disaster!!!) from my laptop when I asked myself a question: Can I sit with the HolySpirit to watch ‘this’? We’re HIS dwelling place, you know. Thanks for throwing this up; it’s definitely a message for the hour.

    1. WOW!!!….This post is an eye opener…
      I really love Ikhide’s comment “Can I sit with the HolySpirit and watch ‘this’?” – my new philosophy for movies /amusement

  6. Nyc one tolu. Truth told plainly. God give u more grace and wisdom.

  7. nice piece!! I totally agree! More grace…

  8. Nice and true. We all need to understand that in order to guard our hearts, we must watch closely what goes in through our eye an ear ‘gates’.

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