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Of Sex and Violence in my House

So I was talking about my life with police and the things I thought in my head while being harassed and mocked, etc. and one of my friends told me I had been watching too many Jason Bourne movies and American television like 24. I told him I had never seen 24 before. He said if I liked the Bourne movies, I would like 24.

So I checked it out. And I started at the beginning, Season 1, Episode 1.

And I was repulsed.

In 42 minutes, there were two different couples having sex on my screen in my house, and one other couple talking about how they had cheated on their spouses. My wife and I both had the same reaction: that was just not worth it.

So I asked one of my buddies about it. Are all the episodes like that? There was more sex than action! I thought this was an action/adventure, not a smut show.

And he offered an interesting observation:

“you tend to be very upset about sex on TV, but you’re alright with violence.”

And that got me thinking. A couple hundred un-involved people died on the airplane in that movie. And what message comes across from the show? Here is a way to solve your problems, shoot this guy and blackmail him, break into this, etc. etc. Jesus taught us to solve our problems differently, just like He told us not to commit adultery.

It gets me thinking about the whole nature of entertainment and escape. I have a lot of stress relieved by escaping into other worlds and watching people do things that are exciting and amazing, but at what cost? I get an even bigger escape and thrill from diving into my Bible and discovering wonderful and unimaginable things in God’s Word.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”
(2Tim 3:16 NIV)

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