When you’re spacing out in class… what do you think about? When you’re laying awake at night and can’t sleep, what are consumes your dreams: video games, music, your friends, a “friend,” good grades, sports, achievements, or some other fantasy?
Those dreams and desires say a lot about who we are and what we desire.
Mark Twain said, “A human being has a natural desire for more than what he needs.” Whether it’s money, food, pleasure, whatever… we want as much of something as we can get.
But when good things becomes obsessions, they begin to control us. They become obsessions. We can even become prisoners to our own desires. We need to learn to say “No!” to ourselves, keeping good desires within healthy boundaries while refusing to entertain our bad desires which can cause us harm.
I just came across a very well written article entitled “God on Screens and Stages” about a new book by Douglas Beaumont entitled, “The Message Behind the Movie: How to Engage with a Film Without Disengaging Your Faith.” There are a number of other good and helpful books on the same topic referred to in the article.
Beaumont refers to some Christians as “Cave Dwellers” and others as “Teflon Christians” when it regards movies, TV, and media. The article explains that “Cave Dwellers” are Christians who hide from media and say that it’s all unChristian. Meanwhile, “Teflon Christians” are those who think they’re invincible and immune from any music, TV, movie influencing them (regardless of how unChristian it may be).
Which are you? I think most people I know tend to be much closer to “Teflon Christians” than “Cave Dwellers.” Honestly, I have a bit of a “Teflon Christian” myself… but why?
Are we so unwilling to give up that TV show or to look lame because we refuse to see that movie when all our other friends want to? Are we really following Jesus, or will we only follow him when He leads us where we want to go?
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 11:28)