Yeah, I’m messing with you and my husband is probably going to give me a lecture on etymology after reading this… but it is interesting, isn’t it? All of this striving after attainment? Entertainment. Edutainment. Infotainment. Eesh. This is giving me a yawn…
So, when we entertain ourselves, we are striving to attain something we don’t otherwise have, right? Or to keep something, perhaps? (Ya’ll are driving me insane! I need to binge this show to keep my sanity!… blah blah blah and etcetera.)
Okay, let’s check the etymology. It’s good practice and a favorite pastime of ours. Seriously, if you don’t check the etymology of words you use daily, you’re missing out on some proverbial mud-slinging fun.
Listen, I just screenshot the etymology that makes the wordies happy; don’t blame me if it happens to be the truth too… Origins matter.
I didn’t even know edutainment was a thing until I went to write this blog. Okay, I knew it was a thing but I didn’t know it was a thing thing with its own name and everything: Edutainment. The New York Times even had a terribly cheesy graphic for it in a past article:
Instead of clasping hands and singing Kumbaya (which really got a bad rep in the past for being overly-idealistic) it’s the Can Can with stars and globes and cheerful cubicle-free white collar workers? As if that’s any better…
Anyway. We’re back to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. What do they say? – “Knowledge is power”? Yes, even the worst of the worst non-medical social technicians want to educate the world and spend billions on it too. As everyone found out over the last two years, education is a BIG deal, a big industry, and a big point of contention between those who want their children to remain blissfully ignorant of some evils and those who desperately want to traumatize your children so that they turn out as messed up as the hurt people doing the traumatizing.
What goes around comes around. Hurt people hurt people. Sometimes the bullied grow up to be the bullies. They are not uninformed; those with unrighteousness intentions know very well that these things are true. The only way to pervert the culture fully is to pervert your children. And that’s the truth, honey.
And yes, hard though it may be to believe, there are some who are willing, ready, and armed with every intention of perverting kids and culture.
I know you want to believe the best, and we strive to do that prior to proof otherwise; but when they start singing “We’ll convert your children”, well… you’ve fallen prey to cultural niceness not to acknowledge that present darkness. (And no, it’s not just one choir – an anomaly. This mess is everywhere… Disney (and most of Hollywood), State Farm, Target, Converse, Coca-Cola, nearly every name brand today promotes it, etc…)
I thought my kids were playing a benign racing game on their tablets for months before I discovered they were being shown God-knows-what in commercials to be able to play those games. Things aren’t what they seem. Those with agendas actively look for every avenue to proceed; if we are passive about our own culture, they will run us over.
And I don’t mean singing Kumbaya every day, though I’m perfectly happy to join you if that’s your fave. I mean putting on the armor of God and living like a new creation… no longer a slave to sin but a slave to righteousness. I believe that’s how Paul put it; you can look it up.
Ooooh, but what about infotainment? The need to be in the know…
I think I definitely fell for that one for a while. We all want to be informed. We all want to think we know what’s up – at least at our own level. And there’s a measure of knowledge that we can certainly defend. After all:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.Hosea 4:6
Knowledge isn’t always the bad guy. It’s trying to play God with that knowledge that leads to poor ends.
Even so, Jesus also told us not to worry about tomorrow…
I was thinking about what scripture tells us concerning ‘the last days’ and, outside of repentance, I believe what we are most often told is to watch and pray…
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.1 Peter 4:7
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.Mark 14:38
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.Matthew 24:42
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.Luke 21:36
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…Eph 6:18
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober…1 Thess 5:4-8
Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.Revelation 3:2-3
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.Revelation 14:12
Sober / standing.
Awake / alert.
Watching / waiting.
Praying / patient / penitent.
I know that the apostles thought the end was near in their day – and thank God too! Else, would we have the comfort of their urgent words? Even so, one thing is certain: That day is nearer us than it was to them… so don’t be lulled to sleep in scoffing, saints.
Is everything entertainment, edutainment, or infotainment? – The acquisition of knowledge? The attainment of escape from mortality? The ascension of the blessedly assured?
Well, loosely speaking, we might say so… even this blog. Even the Bible.
What is ever before our minds and in our hearts? That is the issue of life and death. Think about these wretched devices; we hold them in our hands, we place them ever before our faces…
Are these not scripturally the places of honor? The places reserved for meditation? The places reserved, literally and symbolically, for God? The intersection where God’s laws, God’s covenants, influence our thoughts and deeds?
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.Deut 6:8
Uh-oh. Sure seems like my phone is there more often…
The devil isn’t stupid, y’all. I have no doubt this is by design. He hates God; he hates you. And he is ever-trying to be God – to usurp all the signs, symbols, and worship that belongs to our Creator God. Never forget that.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…
Nor sits in the seat of scoffers…
Nor stands in the way of sinners…
But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night.
- Psalm 1
I think that’s a good place to stop and muse…
We will bind our hands in service to God or to the devil; we will have God’s culture (ways) or the devil’s (the world-at-large) between our eyes (in our thoughts and hearts). And how we live betrays to which we have surrendered our attention – doesn’t it? (Yes. It does.)
If you want to hear a really amped up version of Psalm 1 in song check out this old jam.