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What I Read Online – 10/17/2013 (a.m.)

17 Oct
    • that Breaking Bad features an overwhelming level of graphic violence and dark subject matter. It was horrible. I barely made it through nine (sanitised) minutes. I could never be a fan.
    • This is where my questions come in. I certainly understand the show’s general appeal. But what about my Christian friends who were fanatical about it? Is it really a good idea for any Christian to watch Breaking Bad? And why, exactly, would any Christian want to watch it? What about other pop culture phenomena like Game of Thrones or Fifty Shades of Grey (which I know that many Christians enjoy)? Are we free to indulge, or should we be asking ourselves some tough questions? Should following Jesus and living for him involve a greater transformation in the things we watch (and for that matter, what we listen to or read)?
    • should the Christian mind and the Christian conscience be so transformed that we no longer consume the kind of ‘entertainment’ represented by Walter White and his cohorts?
    • Personally, I’d go so far as to say I think the default Christian response should be to rid ourselves of consuming anything as dark and depraved as Breaking Bad. I think we’d need a compelling reason to do otherwise.
    • But in our quest to exercise our precious Christian freedom, do we miss the point? Do we miss the reality of what we were set free for? “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Gal 5:13) God didn’t save us so we could go on living the same old lives with the same old passions and priorities; he saved us so we could do the good works that he prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:8-10).
    • I think it’s tempting to believe that our non-Christian friends will pay attention to us once we’ve shown them that we’re really just the same as them. But isn’t the Bible’s vision completely different?
    • Allan ESV New Classic Readers Edition Brown Highland Goatskin

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