A local church body has been utilizing their big screens as a tool to show more than lyrics and verses. The pastor uses video clips to illustrate his sermons and a whole Bible study was conducted using “The Andy Griffith Show”. No one ever considered this practical use of the equipment to be wrong. Videos were used in other areas of the church as well. Recently, while planning a community movie night to be sponsored by the church, it was learned that copyright laws were being violated and had been violated for quite some time. Oops!
In these trying financial times the church’s budget is stretched. It might even seem smarter for them to just keep showing videos without authorization. However, we know that would not be the right thing to do. Even in the absence of knowledge it was criminal, but once the copyright law became known disregarding it would seem even worse. I am happy to report, the church has purchased a one year license and is now planning to legally show a movie on the grounds.
The Bible reveals to us that when a person breaks God’s law, there are consequences. After coming to Christ, believers awaken to the knowledge that some things deemed okay before conversion were wrong all along. Like the church and it’s decision to purchase a license, each Christian must also make decisions of whether to continue in practices displeasing to God or begin a new way led by the Spirit. Praise God, he found a way to make it easier for us to know the right way. His law ,once written on tablets of stone so sin could be discerned, is now written on the hearts of his people.
“This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” (Romans 10:16)