EP8 | Media Choices in Light of Eternity (TV Edition)

Have you ever wondered what the Bible has to say about the media we choose to consume?

That’s an important question to consider, which is why we’re talking about it in this episode of the Embracing a Simpler Life podcast!

Together we will consider:

  • How does eternal perspective illuminate and color our media choices?
  • What are the redeeming benefits of TV watching?
  • What is the difference between idleness and rest?
  • What does it look like to take practical steps to get to a better place with personal TV watching choices?


Scriptures Referenced

1 Corinthians 7:29-31: “What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.”

1 Peter 1:13-15: “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do”

Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Leviticus 16:29-31: “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance.”

Galatians 5:22-25: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”


Quotes Referenced

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” –Jim Elliot

“Evil is the quiet acceptance of that which we know to be wrong. Noncooperation with evil is the Christian duty.” –Jim Wallis

“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living, you live your way into a new kind of thinking.” Henri Nouwen


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  1. leigh says:

    I love this and I really have been trying to reevaluate our screen time. I also have been looking for a filter for Netflix as well. Do you mind telling me which one you have?

    • We are currently using one called Clean Sweep. It only works if you watch movies through the Chrome internet browser (it is a Chrome extension), but it has been a breath of fresh air!

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