Every Sunday evening, my news feed is filled with TWD. Many professing Christians, as well as a good portion of the world are so caught up—almost obsessed with this TV series. There’s nothing wrong with entertainment, but as Christians, we should be mindful of how we are living, aware of the things that we are allowing to influence our lives, and make sure that we are being diligent to follow Christ in every area; even the things we see on TV.
Is the content of TWD God-glorifying?
This should be obvious just from the title of the show. Nothing in it glorifies Jesus, righteousness, love or life. It is full of the ways of the flesh, including violence, rape, racism, illicit sex, gore, murder, hatred, and horror.
Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
As Christians, we have been called to “in all that you do in word or in deed, do all to the glory of God, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) Would it be possible for us to live Philippians 4:8, and Colossians 3:17 as we are filling our minds with the content of TWD?
Let’s go back to that WWJD question. Would Jesus watch TWD?
Is it beneficial to my walk with Christ?
We have been called to live worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4), and commanded to walk as wise, making good use of our time (Ephesians 5). Christ has saved us from the ways of the flesh, and we should not sit and watch a show that glorifies the very things that He has saved us from. Our calling as Christians is to live worthy—holy as Christ is. When I think about all that Christ has done for me, and the love that He has for me, and the continual forgiveness that He pours out on me, my mind is blown, and TWD seems very silly at best.
Our one life purpose should be to live for Him, and we don’t want to give anyone a reason to question the call within us. If an activity does not benefit my walk with Christ or cause me to grow closer to Him, then why do it? That sounds pretty intense, but isn’t what He did for us more intense than just not watching a TV show?
We have been called to freedom.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
I think some might try to use this same argument as an excuse to watch TWD. I’m free in Christ, so I don’t have to live legalistically. He is a God of love and I don’t have to get so caught up in trying to please Him because He’ll forgive me. Right…?
“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:18-23
In Galatians, Paul tells us to use our freedom to serve one another in love, not as an opportunity for the flesh. In Romans 6, we are told that grace is not a license to sin. We are free to live for Him, not free to live for ourselves. We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness.
If TWD is not God-glorifying, and if we as Christians have been called to be free, and if filling our minds with TWD is not beneficial to our walk with Christ, then why are so many still watching it?
Entertainment. We love entertainment. We can find out a lot about our hearts by looking at what we find entertaining. Are we entertained by zombies and watching people get their heads smashed in? What does that say about our hearts?
Proverbs 4:23 says “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
If our decisions and everything we do come from our hearts, then a great priority should be put on guarding them. So many of us are dealing with depression and anxiety, and we need to ask ourselves about what we are filling our hearts with. We cannot expect to fill them with filth and go unaffected. (If you think that can fill your heart and mind with garbage and go unaffected, please go read Proverbs…)
These reasons apply to a lot more than just TWD. They can apply to every other movie, the music that we listen to, the books that we read, the things that we say, or the things we wear. If you are in Christ, you have been called to freedom in Christ. We need to pray “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) We have been called to live a life worthy of what He has called us to, and that call is to glorify Him with our lives through holiness.
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:13-16
Are these things easy? No, but all things are possible through Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9
We have been called out of darkness! Now let’s go together and live in the light of His wonderful love.