Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Today, I made a conscious decision to cancel my subscription to NetFlix and enroll with PureFlix. For those who are not familiar with PureFlix, it is a faith-based, family-oriented subscription service similar to NetFlix and is owned and operated by Believers. My decision was based solely upon the fact that I have had close to a month to reflect upon my life in light of this pandemic and decided that if I am going to spread messages about Kingdom living, then I needed to engage in activities that also reflect those same principles.
Some may argue that we can select our preferred programming on Netflix that aligns closely with our values and belief system as Believers. Although this may be true, I believe that I would rather invest my money for personal entertainment in a venture that would allow me to watch all of its content without having to be so selective. The programming on PureFlix encompasses everything I believe as a follower of Christ. In addition, it is safe to binge the content on there without being concerned about the need for any type of filter.
This time of introspection has allowed me to remember that I am still on the Potter’s wheel. God is still working on me. I am under construction and am still a work in progress.
Of course, some of the programmings may not reflect the level of “quality production” found in Hollywood productions. However, what needs to be considered is that Christian programming often lacks such quality based upon the unwillingness of people to invest in it because it does not generate the interest nor profits that can be gained from mainstream media. As such, I think it is important for Believers to support faith-based ventures like PureFlix and others to ensure that our families and home environment truly reflect the positive spirit and nature of the Kingdom.
In closing, I would ask that what I have shared would not be taken as commentary from some self-righteous individual who believes that he has his life together. I do not. I am merely trying to live a life that is pleasing in our Savior’s eyes. So what better way to guard the gateway to my soul than to take proactive measures to ensure that I am only allowing “whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report…” to enter into my inner man (Phil. 4:8). My “body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in me, which I have of God, and I am not my own. For I have been bought with a price: therefore (I will) glorify God in my body, and in my spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).