I love the Sabbath, because it’s a good discipline to pull myself away from most media for most of the day.
An interesting thing happened today – I taught Sunday School for middle schoolers (we are part of a rotating team of teachers – we teach about once a month), and I felt like I had a lot more authority in my teaching than I’d had in the past. The sad thing is that it wasn’t because of the new Christian-made material I’d been taking in, but rather, because of the non-Christian material that I’d been avoiding.
Garbage in, garbage out… it’s a real thing, it would seem.
But I am still trying to consume nothing but Christian media for these forty days, and so the march continues. Thanks to the advice of a Facebook friend, I found a couple of more Christian Netflix sites: www.iamflix.com and Morningstar Video. I’m hopeful that their streaming will work better than Parables.tv has been working, as living in China, streaming is always a challenge. I’m also happy to find that one of these streaming sites offers The Beverly Hillbillies. If I could just find The Andy Griffith Show on a Christian streaming site, I’d be set.
I did spend a good bit of the morning perusing reviews for the new Pure Flix film, Do You Believe?, and have not been surprised at what I have found: Christian reviewers praise the film, non-Christian reviewers pan the film. Big surprise there.
Do you know what would make my day? My year? If a successful film company with a Christian mission (like Pure Flix) would shake it up a bit and release a film that breaks with their formula, a film truly aimed at non-Christian audiences. With their clout and budgets, they could potentially do something really cool.
But I suppose they must be hooked on simply preaching to the choir. It’s a pity.
A day with less media, Christian or otherwise….
It’s been a good day.