Entertainment is Costly | By Dr. Bob Freiberg | Southern California Seminary
2 Tim 3:4-5
“Men will become lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”
The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same
In ancient Rome, the wealthy had perfected the pleasures of this world. Of course, slaves provided most of the labor and the lower classes did the trades and crafts to make Rome what it was, but the wealthy in many respects had it made. They would rise early in the morning and look over their estates and businesses, then at noon they would retire to take lunch and a nap or a reposo (Italians still take a mid-day break). Once up, they would go to the “baths.” The bath would have a room for massages or a library for reading. There would also be a large open area for wrestling or recreation (called a gymnasium). After a good sweat, the participant could take a cold bath (fridgidarium) or a hot bath (tepidarium). Once refreshed, the individual then would go home or to a friends and have a feast which could last until the early morning. Without getting into detail, one can imagine what happened at the feast (and it did!). Such was the life and cares of an individual with money.
It’s interesting, after these many years, not much has changed. We are inundated daily with advertisements telling us we need this product or we need that product to give us more time or we deserve special attention for some superficial pleasure. The average person in America watches at least 3 hours of TV daily or is online with one’s cell phone or computer for 5 hours a day.
Entertainment occupies our time, energy and money.
Short Attention Spans Are Costly
Unfortunately, as soon as we get saturated with some new fad, we get bored with it and then move onto the next thing. This has a danger of a truism called: gradualism. The danger is that our short attention span causes one to get restless and unfilled with life. The tendency is to soon lose focus and forget why we are here. Of course the reason why we are here is to glorify God and do what is pleasing to Him. Yet, the Scriptures warn us about seeking too much pleasure because it takes us away from the reason why God designed us. Unlike worldly pleasures, understanding this simple truth is the only antidote to being fulfilled as a person. God bless.
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