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Entertaining the Young Folks

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Entertaining the Young Folks

Reasonable Christians do not condemn recreation when it is moral and in moderation. We recognize that even men of God in the Scriptures sometimes needed a bit of leisure (Mark 6:31). Such can be considered healthful, provided that it is clean and moderate. Leisure and relaxation (rest) come in different forms for different people. However, the idea that it is the role of the church to provide recreation to young or old is alien to all that is scriptural.

The Lord condemned the priests of Israel, saying, "they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean" (Ezek 22:26). Again, the Lord said, "And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and clean" (Ezek 44:23). When churches take up sports, games, and other amusements to keep the young entertained, she works in an area where she has no business, and in an area where she cannot long compete. There is nothing wrong with amusement, but temporal amusement is the work of the family and families working together; it is not the work of the church. The church should be careful not to obscure the difference between the holy and common things, especially in training the young. We cannot put old heads on young shoulders, nor will we attempt to do so, but wise parents and wise leaders will be on guard that the lambs of the flock do not find their greatest pleasure in temporal amusement.

A church involved in the entertainment field should not expect the blessings of God in its efforts to preach the gospel. The Lord told Jeremiah, "if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth..." (Jer 15:19). We are therefore the mouth of God only when we make a difference between the precious and the vile. Entertainment is certainly not vile, but there is a principle here that would extend to common things. Modern Americans are essentially baptized in entertainment every day of the week, yet some are so worldly that they expect even more of it from the church. If it can be observed that we are happy to gather for amusement but loath to gather for the spiritual, we may count it evidence we have not converted our worldly soul. Gathering in Christian friend-ship is good, but there is danger if we prefer gathering for common things above praise and worship.

It is possible that preoccupation with entertaining youth may lead to neglect in teaching youth. This may be particularly true when such entertainment is purposed to be a diversion from sinful activities common to young people. Diversion is not enough–we must remove the obstacle or train the mind to abhor the obstacle. This is why the instructions of the Scriptures are necessary and wholly sufficient to guide youth and old age, and to strengthen all against the temptations of the world (Deut. 6:6-7, Psa. 119:9-11, 2 Tim. 5:14, 2 Tim. 3:15-17). –The Primitive Baptist, adapted

 

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