Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Gotcha's Distractions: Entertainment
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Isaiah 5:20 (NIV)
The power of story-telling is vast, which is why Jesus taught in Parables.

Placing a lesson in practical terms makes it much easier to understand. We imagine ourselves in the story and wonder how we'd feel or what we'd do.

Heroes inspire us to greater action. Victims soften our hearts in sympathy. Villains provoke us in various ways. Their consequences teach us right and wrong.

But in this modern age of media, where entertainment dominates our time and merchants dominate entertainment, the purpose of the story is twisted. Right and wrong spin around on dollar bills. Understandably, fans can get confused.

I confess I like to watch a good show, but most scripts rewrite the meaning of good. Jesus said only God is truly good. So what should I (or we) do about it?

1) Immerse ourselves in the genuine Word, so we won't forget Who's right and what's wrong. Never stop drinking the Living Water.

2) Consider an entertainment diet. Limit screen time and avoid the worst junk. Remember that real life is like real food.

3) If God gave you the gift to entertain, use it to offer fans better options, but never forget your True Director.

## Gotcha's Distractions: Entertainment (Part 56)

* I have written more devotions on entertainment than I can list. If you're interested, you can type 'entertainment' as a search term for a list... or check out various series that might interest you on the Carey Lewis Devotion hosting site:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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