Arts and Entertainment

God created us to be creative, and we express that creativity in hundreds of ways. Articles on how the expression and the medium can glorify God.

Day One: Fun
God never says, "Thou shalt not have fun, nor shalt thou smile in all thy days." Having a good time is not a sin, but we should pay attention to the principles God has laid out for godly living when we do engage in leisure activities. First and foremost is Colossians 3:17...
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Day Two: Television
Many Christians struggle with the issue of whether or not to watch television and, if we do watch, how much TV should we watch? Television, like many other diversions we have in today's society, has the ability to do both great good and great harm....
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For more, see "Should I Watch It?"

Day Three: Anime
The term anime—the Japanese word for "animation"—generally refers to animation that comes from Japan. Strictly speaking, anime is just another medium used to convey a story or artistic idea. While the actual art style in the form of angles and shading, etc., is morally neutral, there are some more ambiguous points to be addressed regarding anime...
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Day Four: Comedy
There are many who believe Christianity to be very sober and without much fun and laughter. This is certainly not the case. God made each of us with our many emotions so we could fully experience and appreciate the entirety of His creation...
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For more, see "Sarcasm, Satire, and the Christian"

Day Five: Sports
The Bible doesn't specifically address participation in sporting events. While it is true that we are ordered to be separate from the world (John 17:14-15), it is also true that we have to live in the world (1 Corinthians 5:10). As Christians, we have to work (and play) daily with those who are unsaved...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about extreme fighting / violent sports?"

Day Six: Music
Music is an inherent part of every society. The unearthly sounds of throat-singing in Mongolia and Siberia are as important to their cultures as Bach is to European cultures or drum-driven song and dance are to Native American cultures...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about dancing? Should Christians dance?"

Day Seven: Art
The first mention of art in the Bible is in Exodus 31. God is instructing Moses to create a tent for the ark of the covenant, and God mentions several artisans whom He has chosen to create "artistic designs" to beautify the tent. God says, "In the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill"...
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For more, see "What should be the Christian perspective on nudity in art?"

Day Eight: Parties
The short answer to this question is "it depends on the party." Parties are popular because they are fun opportunities to get together with friends, meet new people, and to relax and enjoy one another's company. As human beings, we are designed to be social creatures...
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For more, see "Should Christians go to nightclubs? Is clubbing a sin?"

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Published 8-10-16