Pastor John Piper shared five practical tips on how to break free from addiction to entertainment.
In one of the episodes of Pastor John Piper’s “Ask Pastor John,” one sender asked this question: “I believe I do love Jesus, but most of the time I’d rather spend time being entertained than spend time in God’s Word. How do I break this hold that entertainment has on my heart?”
Pastor John acknowledged that both Christians and non-Christians grapple with focusing on tasks due to addiction to entertainment. Shortened attention spans and normalized instant gratification contribute to these challenges. We currently live in a time where various forms of entertainment are readily accessible.
How Can I Break Free From an Addiction to Entertainment?
“Today we carry it in our pockets. Radio, television, internet, and games. And anything that would be titillating is just fun. And fun is a word in the church today that’s just rampant. It’s an adjective, it’s a noun, it’s a verb. Because we do ministry in order to fit this mentality, so I’m deeply concerned about that,” Pastor John said.
Moreover, he emphasized the importance of taking God more seriously instead of trying to make Him “fun” or easily digestible.
So, how can someone overcome an addiction to entertainment? According to Pastor John, acknowledgment is a significant step in the right direction.
“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light” (Ephesians 5:13, NIV).
The second is to “seek the Lord earnestly about it.”
“Pray like crazy,” Pastor John said. “Pray like crazy that God would open your eyes to see wondrous things out of His law.”
Tips To Break Free From an Addiction to Entertainment
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18, NIV).
The third tip is immersing oneself in the Bible even when you don’t feel like it.
“Pleading with God to open your eyes to see what’s really there then,” Pastor John said.
The fourth tip is to join a group of mature believers. Lastly, start sharing your faith with others.
“One of the reasons we are not as moved by our own faith as we are is because we almost never talk about it to any unbeliever. It starts to feel like a kind of hot house thing. And then starts to have a feeling of unreality about it and then the powers of entertainment have more sway in our life,” the pastor said.
Before the video ended, he shared one last suggestion.
“Ask [yourself] what you’d like to be doing in the season of life, or hours, or days leading up to meeting Christ. I do that a lot these days. I think about the impact of death and what I would like to be found doing. How I would prepare to meet him and give an account to Him,” he concluded.
Reference: Desiring God
Header image: Pastor John Piper [Desiring God]. YouTube, 13 December 2023, https://youtu.be/65n1On6d7A4