There's nothing wrong with amusement. We all like a good laugh! But the latest stats are worrying.
They reveal that the average adult watches the goggle-box for 21 hours a week and in addition spends 3-5 hours a day on a mobile phone or social media (and most of that is entertainment or trivial chit chat /texting)! As Neil Postman predicted back in 1985, 'we are in danger of amusing ourselves to death'.
And I'm not getting all self-righteous, because I love vegging in front of the box. But I have felt deeply convicted recently on two fronts.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8). These true words are deeply reassuring in a world that is going through times of massive change (Brexit, Trump, Middle East wars etc). These true words are also a strong warning to those trying to change the message of Jesus to make it more acceptable to our culture.
In the here and now, God has placed responsibility for law and order in the hands of governments and authorities. Christians are free to work in organisations like the police and the armed forces, but policing society and policing the world is not the church's job.
When I googled 'true love' I found that modern psychologists and relationship gurus are coming around to the Bible's way of thinking. I thought they'd say it was more of a feeling than a decision. But it seems that old idea is no longer what the experts believe.