The secular world tends to embrace entertainment ideas, themes and concepts that are not always morally sound or in line with the Christian faith.
As Christians, we do not necessarily have to avoid secular forms of entertainment or confine ourselves to strictly Christian television shows, music, and events, but we should be aware that what we subject ourselves to in the form of entertainment can have an effect on how we act in our daily lives.
When we surround ourselves with things that are good, just, righteous and judgmentally sound, our actions reflect this type of behavior. However, when we are surrounded by things that go against our faith or portray individuals acting in a manner that is not scripturally sound, we run the risk of starting to lean toward this sort of behavior ourselves.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. —Psalms 10:3, KJV
Again, we do not have to avoid all secular forms of entertainment, but should be conscious of the type of entertainment we are subjecting ourselves to and what type of effect it is having on us as Christian individuals.
But are Christians are held to a higher standard? We acknowledge that we are imperfect in our sinful nature, but we also strive to uphold ourselves in a manner that is pleasing to God and in accordance with our faith. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of believing that, just because “everybody is doing it,” it must be ok.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. —Romans 12:2, KJV
If you are looking for good television shows that you could watch for a date night consider options that are not too far off in principle from your Christian faith. Try to think about what interests you and your date. Are you into food, travel, nature or mysteries? Finding something of interest that is also in line with our faith is not as impossible as it may seem.
Here a few programs to consider for your next date:
“Downtown Abbey” is a highly viewed British period drama that airs on PBS and follows an aristocratic family from the post Edwardian Era. It has a very historical quality to it and addresses true historical events from the perception of those that lived during that time period. While not lewd or distasteful in language like so many other hit television shows, this program continues to draw more and more viewers with each season. If you are into history or period pieces, then this show is sure to keep your attention.
Food Network, History Channel, News
Finding shows that revolve around specific hobbies, interests or passions is a great way to spend quality time together and spark interesting conversation. If you like cooking then there are plenty of great shows on the Food Network where you can find new and innovative ideas for your next culinary adventure (the perfect next date.) If history, politics or world events are your thing, then the History Channel or one of the copious amounts of news programs available might suit your interest.
And finally what could be more faith-based than “The Bible?” Although this hit History Channel docudrama is scripturally based, it drew millions of viewers from all different backgrounds. If you want to see the Bible come to life, then this show is a must see.
Regardless of what shows you choose to watch, keep in mind that no matter what the world says is OK, normal or acceptable, as Christians we must answer to our God and follow His commandments for what constitutes a just and righteous life.