Television, movies, mass media, games, music, internet, etc.: Avoid what’s worthless (Psalm 101:3); Bad company ruins good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33); Does it glorify man or glorify God (see Galatians 6:8; 1 Corinthians 10:31); If something causes you to sin, throw it out or separate from it (Matthew 5:29); If it causes anger or hated, be rid of it (Matthew 5:22); If it causes sexual lust, avoid it (Matthew 5:28); Avoid irreverent & silly myths, because training for godliness is better (1 Timothy 4:7); Do not make friends with the world, because it is enmity with God (James 4:4); Do not love the world (1 John 2:15); Listening to myths distracts people from the truth (2 Timothy 4:4); Expose the works of darkness instead of taking part in them (Ephesians 5:11); Do not associate with the lamp of the wicked, which is haughty eyes and a proud heart (Proverb 21:4).
Does it cause you to think about “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise…” (Philippians 4:8)? Did you know your whole body could be filled with light if you recognize that your eye is a lamp for your body (Matthew 6:22)? Test all things to make sure they are of God (Galatians 6:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:21–22), and destroy anything that speaks against God, Jesus, or the Holy Ghost. Every thought shall be taken captive in Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Take the directive from Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Woe be unto the perversion of the world, Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; That put darkness for light, and light for darkness; That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Do not be influenced by unbelievers or join yourself to them (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).
As adherents of the body of Christ, we as Christians are to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14), as well as a holy example of God’s Work in our lives (1 Peter 2:11-12). Jesus tells us that this Spirit will guide us in all truth (John 16:13), and one way God’s Spirit guides us is by our conscience (Romans 1:12; 9:1). Therefore, if it seems wrong, it is probably God trying to tell you something. If a specific activity we are doing begins controlling our lives, we must break from it for a while to avoid it causing division between us and God; otherwise, they could become idols (Colossians 3:5; Revelation 2:4). Please note that everything is permissible, but not necessarily constructive or beneficial – you should use your discernment in all matters (1 Corinthians 10:23-24; Romans 14:19).
Keep in mind your influences, and base them on God. We must know that what we are influenced by in this world eventually affect our speech and actions (Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:2-5). When it comes to art for example, God dwells in “the excellence of beauty” (Psalm 50:2), and His holiness is lovely (1 Chronicles 16:29 and Psalm 29:2). However, if the art is perverted, pagan, or leads to sin, it should be thrown out.