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When in the course of religious life, it becomes necessary to protest customs which are likely to preclude spiritual maturity, a reverence for such life requires a declaration of objections to specific practices which exemplify this impediment.
The following are 10 objections to the use of video entertainment during adult church services. I do not mean to suggest that there is no legitimate use of visual media for religious purposes. Rather, these are dissents to practices that blur the distinction between sacredness and amusement. The reader can find examples of this blurring by conducting an internet search on “funny videos for worship and sermons.”
- Videos of entertainment profane the sacred. Church services are sacred events; a sense of sacredness should prevail therein. Arguably, the use of pop music during the service has already diminished this sense. Amusing videos further the secularization.
- They disdain the intellects of thoughtful congregants. Truth matters; the mind should not be wasted; a fortiori within the walls of the church. As Roger Scruton noted in The Soul of the World, we should never sacrifice truth for the sake of easy communication.
- They glorify the image and denigrate the logos, substituting the seen for the essentially unseen. As Neil Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death, image-based societies generate a peek-a-boo culture of flittering triviality; in contrast, word-based societies cultivate the higher-order thought, logical ability, and understanding requisite for grasping the abstract and unseen. Postman understood that the presence of triviality threatens cultural death. Similarly, the author of Hosea understood that the absence of knowledge threatens destruction. (Hosea 4:6)
- They belittle the ultimately serious, making it seem as if something less than one’s soul is at stake. They make the religious life appear as a game or hobby.
- They pander to pop culture rather than encouraging growth. As such, they are more likely to repulse than attract the spiritually mature. They might appeal to babes, and perhaps increase church attendance – thereby emphasizing quantity over quality. But they do so at the risk of repelling the wise.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Elliott Crozat