Watching Scandal Is Not Good For You, It Might Send You To Hell


scandals2xIf you don’t know, Scandal is not drawing you closer to God and probably moving you away from Him and maybe drawing you closer to hell. Yes,Hell.

Last night was the night for Scandal (Thursday Nights). Scandal is a hit ABC TV Show which portrays what probably goes on in our nation’s capital. It is a show which has captivated the attention of many with its wonderful script and wonderful actors.

Just like every Thursday, about 70% percent of people on Twitter tweet about the show and yesterday was no exception. But something different happened this time around: a friend of mine who I am guessing does not watch the show, tweeted me and told me to look at her last ReTweet (RT). So I went on her Timeline (TL) and looked at her last RT and it was a tweet by Heather Lindsey. Now, Heather Lindsey is a very respected woman of God who inspire a lot of young women to be bold in God and to save themselves for marriage. I applaud her and respect her for that. We need more women like her in today’s society. Heather’s Tweet was something I totally did not understand. (Please look at the picture below).

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Her question, “Is watching that TV show pulling you closer to Christ though?” really bothered me a bit and of course since my friend wanted me to see it, she obviously wanted my opinion on it, so I decided to write on this subject.

I have a couple of questions of my own: Is watching the News pulling any of us closer to God? Is watching the NBA finals drawing us closer to God? Is watching the Olympics bringing you closer to God? Is reading a story book pulling us closer to Christ? Is reading the Newspaper pulling us closer to Christ? Is going for a jog pulling us closer to Christ? Is dancing at a friend’s wedding pulling us closer to Christ? Is going to the beach to have a romantic time with your wife and husband pulling you closer to Christ? Is going to work pulling you closer to Christ? If Heather Lindsey’s question is valid, then I assume that my questions above are valid as well, because questions like this only makes a person focus on what they can do to achieve Grace from God. In the Old Testament, people had to do things to get that Grace, but in the New Testament, Grace came down with Christ and shared with the world on the cross which is why Grace is unmerited Favor. We do not deserve it, but we have it once we come to accept Christ. These kind of questions do not help but steal the joy of individuals away and kind of guilt trips them in a way. As Christians, can’t we allow people to enjoy a TV show with the God given peace in their hearts? As Christians, we sometimes become like the Pharisees (the religious people) by becoming standing blocks for others to be saved if we are not careful of what we say. I do not believe that this is a question Jesus would have asked his disciples, because Jesus DID go to parties with his entourage, he dined with sinners, he wept, he grieved, he was even hungry at some point, he dined with tax collectors, and etc. My point is, Jesus did everything any human can do and probably does. He was not half human, half God, He was was fully human and fully God and experienced anything we can experience on earth. Probably, Jesus might have watched Scandal to get a good laugh and enjoy the suspense if He was here as well. Jesus was not only reading the Torah, He was not always fasting, but He was always being fully God and fully human and doing things humans like to do. Guess what? The Pharisees were the ones who were not being fully human and enjoying anything humans could possibly enjoy, so they were always criticizing Jesus and always asking Him questions. They even questioned His holiness all because He was hanging out with sinners like you and I.

Let me be clear, Jesus was not conforming, but rather reforming through the expressing of love and by being human. I am not saying that we should conform as Christians to society, but we should not forget that we are humans saved by Grace. Jesus knew He was Holy, but never ones did he condemn, never once did he judge and we should follow suit and be the best we can be with Christ.

Watching Scandal is not a sin and watching the NBA Finals or Superbowl is not a sin either. It is a form of entertainment for humans. It is something which can help you get over the troubles in life. The Bible does advice us not to be mastered by anything. We should not be totally consumed with all these things, but consumed with the Word of God – that is a given, but we should enjoy the life Christ has given us, because He came to set us free. Under the law is sin and death, but under the Grace of Christ is Mercy, Love, Hope, Faith and Love.

Thank you!

Please share your thoughts.

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15 comments

  1. For a minute there, I thought you were going to say Scandal was devlish or something. I love that you point out that the things of life do not necesarily draw us closer or keep us further from God. It’s just entertainment at the end of the day. It’s only you thank can tell if a show is benefitting or destroying you.

    Another great Joe Darko Article!

  2. Sometimes, we Christians restrict ourselves in soo many ways. We create unnecessary dos and donts for ourselves. And these have no foundation in the Bible. In the end, wht matters is “are my ways right with God?” It is wht is in my heart that matters. All we need to do is focus on God and everything else will take care of itself.

  3. You are right in a sense that watching Superbowl and NBA Finals have to analyzed properly. But, and this is just personally speaking, we are getting in an age where we glorify sin. The name of the show says a lot about it’s content. Now I have never watched the show and neither do I condemn those that watch the show but I will say this; the Bible says (1st Corinthians 10:23) that we have the right to do anything but not everything in beneficial.

    If we are watching Scandal, let us watch it to the “Glory of God”. You said that if Jesus was here, he would be watching Scandal as well. Not saying I disagree with you, but based on his character in the Bible, I truly can’t see him doing that. Now he probably may not watch football or sports either because he, Jesus, always was about his Father’s business. As Christians we have to do the same and stop making excuses for our sins, me included.

    Again I am not saying watching Scandal is a sin but I will say it’s probably not wise, especially for individuals that struggle with gossip, lies, lust, and a host of different things. The same goes for sports, if you struggle with anger and other issues when around sports, then it maybe something that you may want to give up for God’s glory.

    Lastly, Hebrews 4 talks about the Word of God being a double-edged sword. If we measure up what we do and cannot find a Biblical support of it in the Bible, then we probably shouldn’t do it(if we are living as the Bible dictates). You mentioned going these things…
    ….Is watching the News pulling any of us closer to God?
    Think and analyze how did Jesus know about what was going on in his days. How did he know of John’s beheading is an example…Word of mouth is communication but now it’s news.

    Is watching the NBA finals drawing us closer to God?
    What is controversial about NBA Finals, if we say players are being glorified(idolized), then maybe watching NBA isn’t for us if we struggle placing these individuals and the sport ahead of God.

    Is watching the Olympics bringing you closer to God?
    Same as above

    Is reading a story book pulling us closer to Christ?
    What are you reading is probably the biggest question. Erotic Novels or things dealing with witchcraft probably don’t sit well with God in terms of what scripture says(1st and 2nd Corinthians)

    Is reading the Newspaper pulling us closer to Christ?
    Same as before and with the news

    Is going for a jog pulling us closer to Christ?
    Bible gives us that answer.
    Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come (1st Timothy 4:8)

    Is dancing at a friend’s wedding pulling us closer to Christ?
    Anything celebrating the union of those in Christ was typically celebrated with dancing and joyous(I suggest you research it yourself and not take my word for face value)

    Is going to the beach to have a romantic time with your wife and husband pulling you closer to Christ?
    Does this Glorify God? I would hope showing love to your family and growing closer is an example we see in the Bible.

    Is going to work pulling you closer to Christ?
    Here are some scriptures with working hard/ having a job.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=work+hard&searchtype=all&version1=31&language1=en&spanbegin=1&spanend=73

    In saying all this, let’s judge all our actions based on what the Bible says and not just on what we think it’s “ok”. Everything we do should be Biblically backed because the Bible tells us about everything we need to know, even the so called Grey areas, it gives us wisdom.(Proverbs) God Bless bro

    1. You said it best. I believe tv in General is set up to take you away from Christ and bring u closer to satan and his evil ways, damning your soul to hell. Today’s television shows are based on sex (soft porn) lies deceit, adultery witchcraft magic, psychic, calling up the dead, monsters and evil beings, violence homosexuality, envy, jealousy, hatred, love of money, idol worshipping, material things. These which does not benefit our souls and things that Jesus clearly says to stay away from and have no part in. Let’s not base this on opinions but on the reality of what tv has become and what Jesus tell us not to partake in.

  4. I just had a conversation with my friend today regarding us getting enjoyment out of watching sin for entertainment. I personally feel that shows like this is not good for Christians. So many Christians love this show, so what does it say about us as Christians. This type of entertainment can tempt us and that will not bring glory to God.

    1. So is watching any other movie, where by there is story being told and the story contains what goes on in our normal human life a sin? Scandal is like watching James Bond or any other tv where a story is being told. Its like watching Django, or any other movie. Anything can tempt us. Even walking to work can tempt us, because we might see some girls and we can lust over them. We are being very picky with all these things like it is wrong to watch TV or God will hate us for watching TV. Lets be real, because I feel as though we are being like the Pharisees the Bible described. We are following this religious jargon instead of following Christ.

  5. I don’t think the issue is Scandal. I think it boils down to the content of whatever your indulging in. Many people confuse correction with judgement. We are all far from perfect and we thank God for His grace but we must be wise and not use grace as an excuse to indulge in any kind of sin .I think it’s wise to go to the bible and pray to see if whatever we do is edifying to our soul or others. The holy spirit will convict us either way and all we must do is obey.

  6. Joe Darko, are you saying watching porn is ok, too? Your logic is deeply flawed in that it lacks greatly in discernment. While grace is a free gift from God, it did cost Him His only begotten Son. Do you how much it hurts to watch your only Son going through what Jesus had to go through? Abraham, when he was being tested, offered up his innocent son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. You see, Abraham had a foretaste of the grief and the pain that God the Father Himself would feel when Jesus would later come on the scene and be crucified for our sake. He did it because He loved us and because that was the only way to save us. Yes grace is free, but it is not to be taken for granted!

    1. How does this mean that watching porn is okay? Is watching scandal or the watching sports porn. Please dont jump into conclusions. Is enjoying the World Cup sin? Is it for our entertainment YES! Is it directly pleasing to God? I will say not exactly so…but we all enjoy sports, movies, and shows (which are not porn) for entertainment. Does this mean you shouldnt try to get close to God? No!!! My whole point is, we are in this world, but not of this world.. so we should move away from this world, but be the light!

  7. Joe: I am glad you got my point. Entertainment is not necessarily a sin. Provided that the object of your entertainment is not vile and wicked like “Scandal”. In other words, not all entertainment is good for you! It’s kinda like food. It is not sinful to eat, but not all food is good for your body. The Bible says “Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 NIV.

  8. Hi Joe,
    I humbly disagree with this. Whole heartedly. I believe that with each act of entertainment, we have to ask ourselves – not if we are getting closer to God – but if we are honoring Him. The bible says “to set no evil before our eyes”. It says whatever is good, have virtue, etc., think on these things. The questions isn’t whether it will cause you to be hellhound, but whether God has looked down on the time we have on earth and smile at our choice of freedom (the same freedom Jesus died for).
    And yes, Jesus dined with sinners. Loved sinners. Hung out with sinners. He maybe even played a little b-ball with them. I can see Him slap the butts of the players he dunked on.
    But He did’t watch sin passively. He didn’t watched and call it entertainment in His down time. He spoke out on sin. And to say that He wouldn’t mind us spending our time being passive about the very thing He hung on the cross for – is, well, heartbreaking.
    Here’s a thought. Why don’t we both agree to fast and pray and ask God how he feels about it? Instead of utilizing a large forum, where God allowed you to have a voice, about something so full of sin, why not ask Him, seek Him diligently in the Word first, pray and pray again. And see what HE has to say about it.
    Love in Christ, Norma

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