VIEWPOINTS: How does your faith influence your entertainment choices?

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Teen actor Angus T. Jones, who plays on the hit show “Two and a Half Men,” recently urged viewers to stop watching the show, calling it “filth.” As a Christian, he struggles with being on the show: “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t.” 

The Washington Post notes that though Jones has one of the richest child actor pay deals, he's never really been one to hit the headlines – even in the midst of the drama of replacing Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher. 

A 2009 profile on Jones describes him this way: “Shy, introspective and polite, Jones has never asked his producers and cast mates to explain the show's suggestive innuendo or dirty jokes — a point of contention with some critics who believe that a show with a child as the third lead shouldn't go as far as it goes.”

As of Tuesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reports, Jones was still heading to rehearsal, but “his remarks could pose new problems for the comedy.”

His recent denouncement of the show raises a good question: How does faith influence entertainment choices?

Do your beliefs play a role in your choice of television, movies and music? Where do you draw the line when it comes to what is acceptable?

How does your faith influence your entertainment choices?

As you think about your responses, here are a few previous posts from some of our contributors:

What about you?  

We'd love to hear your responses – please leave a comment below. Know someone else who has a lot to say on this topic? Invite them to join the discussion.

Here's the context of Angus T. Jones' comments about “Two and a Half Men” – his 30-minute testimony about his conversion to Christianity. His words about “Two and a Half Men” start around 22:30 and continue for about two minutes.

7 Responses to “VIEWPOINTS: How does your faith influence your entertainment choices?”

  1. The Batman

    Its actually against my religion to partake in any entertainment that isn’t Archie comics. Archie be praised!

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  2. Greg Lammers

    My lack of faith is related to my entertainment choices.

    The religion I was taught when young was very authoritarian, puritanical, regressive. I think one of the reasons I love irreverence, open positive sexuality, and irony in my entertainment (not to mention hard rock music direct from Satan himself) is my rejection of that tradition.

    Then again I’ve always loved a good saucy joke or story so I might be hardwired for naughtiness.

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  3. Matt J.

    Great idea for a blog post Kellie! I came across Angus’ testimony last night and was pretty stunned watching it (though I’ll confess I only watched about 15 minutes). And maybe this is because I’m not an editor like yourself, but my first reaction wasn’t about my own personal entertainment choices but about trying to figure out who this “Forerunner” guy is. But that is for another blog post.

    I haven’t a doubt in my mind that my faith influences my entertainment choices, but then again I haven’t a doubt that my faith influences everything I am and do. As to why it does, I think the simplist answer I can provide involves the Apostle Paul’s writing in his letter to the Romans. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 [ESV])

    If anything conforms to the “pattern of this world”, it is entertainment. Especially if we assume that entertainment has in mind as large a target audience as possible. So the entertainment I choose to engage with, be it books, television, movies, music, etc., I do with that verse in mind. I think the biggest questions I often ask of my entertainment are what is it trying to present and how does it either relate to or clash with the truth of what I believe and how I see the world? In asking those questions, it allows me not only to be a consumer of entertainment that directly coincides with my faith but of entertainment that directly does not (within limitations of course).

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  4. Kris Katarian

    I recommend that young Mr. Jones immediately break his contract with CBS, donate at least 10% of his money to a Christian charity, and find a job more suitable to his religious beliefs. Talk is cheap.

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  5. Kris Katarian

    I’m actually concerned that Angus T Jones may be a bit brainwashed or something of the sort. I watched the video twice, and he never seemed to make a lot of sense; he rambled, his sentences were often incomplete and awkward. If his religious convictions are true, I do not mean to belittle them. But even his own mother admits to being worried about him.

    The man in the video with him is Christopher Hudson, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor. A quick look on a couple of internet sites told me that the Seventh Day Adventists have a combination of Protestant and Jewish beliefs including that the end of the world is near. If my interpretation is inaccurate, I mean no offense. Feel free to correct me.

    But I can’t deny suspicion that Jones is being used for publicity and/or money by Hudson. In my experience, someone who has newly embraced Christianity is quite clear about how it came about and what it means to them. Jones often didn’t seem to have coherence, just talking to please his “handler”.

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  6. Jeremy SHELEY

    Firstly I want to stat I have only seen clips of the video.

    I don’t know if Jones is being used by Mr. Hudson (or anyone else). He comes across as a person searching for something. His incoherent and contradictory statements are likely due to him not having a coherent understanding of what he believes.

    He might still be trying to unlearn some of the beliefs he holds to match up with the beliefs he wishing to accept.

    My only concern is when someone is in this position of uncertainty of what to believe they can be manipulated relatively easy. I hope he has someone trustworthy that can step in if he starts down a dangerous path.

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  7. roy

    Previous posts seem to be avoiding the question. What’s up with that?

    I used to enjoy watching Johny Carson on the Tonight show. I used to enjoy the Today Show. I STILL WOULD ENJOY WATCHING PINK PANTHER CARTOONS. I have grown, but what passes for entertainment has definately been sacrificed into the porcelain throne. ( Flush now please. )

    Our culture is increasingly materialistic, narsistic, crass, craven, debased and vulgar. Well, that is at least a start. There are several really good words I edited out.

    On the other hand, as I mature, I am not so much pushed away from a society that approves of killing children in the womb as I am drawn to Jesus, my Lord & Saviour.

    Remember Rome, while there is still time. Bread and Circuses, and the Christians did well to stay clear of the Colosseum. In this highly charged political season, I would like to simply add that there is no “O” in Messiah.

    Only, you have little chance of remembering what you have never been taught. But the pitiful state of our public schools is another topic, for another day.

    Peace.

    ( brought to you on a fresh install of Precise Pangolin – YES! )
    but this site’s spell checker is somewhat lacking.
    my appolgies for any typographical errors….

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