A couple months ago we signed up for Netflix. Apparently we were the last people in North America who hadn’t yet signed up. Soon after the Feast Charlie started exploring the shows and movies that were available for free streaming from the web. This led him to discover The Office, and it was all over from there.
We started with Season 1 and started watching every episode. Saturday nights, up to six hours at a time. Then Sunday nights. And sometimes on a weekday night after a hard day. It was an obsession. I’d start thinking about it as soon as Friday rolled around. We got through to halfway through Season 5 in not very many weekends.
Around about Season 5, though, I started thinking seriously about the show and having moral doubts. As much as I enjoyed and loved watching it, the scenes with any immoral nature were the ones that would stick with me and replay over and over in mind (especially while painting when there’s nothing you can do about it). It was hard to shake. As much as I appreciated the brilliance of the humour, the more I thought about it, the more I could no longer justify it.
1. Other gods before God
2. Worship of idols through the celebration of pagan holidays
3. Taking God’s name in vain. A lot.
4. Definitely not keeping the Sabbath
5. Not showing honour to parents through lying, etc.
6. Hateful attitudes
7. A lot of fornication and aldultery
8. Stealing of time and materials
9. Constant lying
10. Coveting neighbour’s wife, possessions, etc.
It’s hard to get around that.
As much as I loved the show and looked forward to watching it, it got to the point that I could no longer justify spending so much time of my life with a show that so consistently broke God’s commandments. Eventually I made the decision to no longer watch The Office.
I realize that no show or form of entertainment in this Satan-led world is going to be perfect. But there are so many things I want to do and learn and study, and I already don’t have time for all of them, even without including time spent on things that are not uplifting.
I do have a point here. I’m not saying this to be preachy. I know many people will not agree, and I can understand that. My question is, if you watch The Office or a similar show, how do you justify it? Do I just have an overactive conscience? Am I being unreasonable by not allowing myself to participate in things like this?