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What Our Entertainment Says About Us

The Church’s Identity Crisis

We rarely ever make our entertainment choices as raw and isolated individuals. Even the communities of faith to which we belong are susceptible to the ugliness of entertainment idolatry. There is an identity crisis in many churches that have (to this point) stood firm against the pressure to conform to fashionable views on sexuality and gender. These churches still crave an identity that can be measured and affirmed with worldly entertainment metrics—that’s why they put a style of music at the top of the marquee and make sure to have a colorful preacher in the pulpit and highlight a gluttony of niche programs that can rival the local community center. They reject some aspects of worldly thought but they still want to be loved and accepted by those around them.

So when it comes to entertainment, how can we avoid both the hypocrisy of a worldly mindset and the isolationism that retreats from entertainment and thereby denies God’s common grace? We can start by recognizing that God gives his people more grace. Left to ourselves, we would turn all the way back to Egypt. But churches under Christ, at their best, can be homes where we are refreshed in the gospel, and then sent out into a world that is rife with shards of sin and shafts of beauty, a place where we can sing and eat and laugh and rest, so long as we have the mind of Christ.

This article originally appeared here.

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Micah McCormick is an assistant pastor at New Hyde Park Baptist Church on Long Island, New York, where he has served for the past five years.