Monday, July 17, 2006

Not by 'spiritainment'

"Spiritainment," entertainment with a spiritual message, is a term, sad to say, coined by one of its proponents. Dan Edelen is not one of them:
Revival isn't going to come through movies, no matter what George Barna thinks. Nor books, though it pains me to say so. The Spirit of God isn't all that interested in entertainment, Christian or worldly. He's calling out to you and me to die to self so that others might live for Him. . . .

In short, we need "spiritainment" like we need an electric dog polisher. All this entertainment is a drug that keeps us numb to what we should truly be doing: serving the Lord Jesus until there is nothing left of us.
Amen. For a related thought, see this post at Gratitude and Hoopla.


Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Thanks, Milton, for the link. Barna's announcement truly jarred me. I value what he does as a pollster, but I'm rattled by some of the solutions he dreams up based on what his polls say. Originally, I had included some comments on his batting average in viable, long-term solutions, but I didn't want to seem like I was being a heretic hunter on this. Still, Barna's track record on solutions isn't good; there's a very good reason why.

5:35 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

I agree: great poll-taker, weak solution-maker.

5:54 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Bob Spencer said...

I love what Dan says here. He sure has a way of cutting to the chase, doesn't he?!

6:13 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Yes he does. Thanks for your post, too. Peace.

9:01 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read and commented on Dan McGowans blog and came here to see what you had. I agree with the quote you have. Why do we need Spiritainment when we have the Spirit himself?

6:33 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...


9:45 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger Wes Messamore said...

I agree that entertainment is hardly a necessity for man or the Gospel, but let us draw a distinction between raw entertainment and art. Art helps to summarize and make concrete man's entire view of the world and his place in it, all in one painting, novel, opera, movie, or musical composition. Being able to see the sum total of his beliefs and values in one concrete form is a profound need for man.

2:09 PM, July 22, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Outstanding point. Art is a different matter. Entertainment in excess dulls the senses; art brings them alive.

9:03 PM, July 22, 2006  

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