That is the question, isn’t it? Where is the boundary between worship and entertainment? Entertainment is one of America’s leading industries, accounting for $504 billion, or at least 3.2 of GDP if you only count films. According to a 2016 study, the average American spends a total of 725 minutes a day consuming some form of media, some form of entertainment. And of those minutes, the average adult spends around 131 minutes in front of a computer screen. Granted, some of these minutes may be worthwhile, but many of them are wasted on some form of titillation, to use an old word. If we were to write a doctrine or set of beliefs for entertainment, at center stage would be appeal. Second to appeal would be delivery, lighting, storyline, and maybe application. 2 Timothy 4:3 has this warning about false doctrines:
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Here are several warnings about entertainment in the church that we might each want to explore further, perhaps with other pastors at our churches or a local pastoral fellowship group. [Read more…] about Where are the Boundaries Between Worship and Entertainment (and Does it Matter)?