Philippians 4:8 Harmless entertainment–is it really harmless?

While I ate my lunch today I watched a television drama about murder and evil supernatural beings that are all around us. But there were two human protagonists who always conquered. Humans could overcome evil. There is not truth in that–a human heart which contains sin defeating evil–unless that human is not relying on him- or herself, but on the Lord. So why did I sit there and fill my mind with this? Is it just harmless entertainment? What if I don’t think about it, dissect it for the wrong thinking and messages that it portrays? Is it still harmless or do some of the humanistic philosophies and Godless principles make their way though my filters?
If I believe scripture is real and God speaks to me through these words, I am going to have to rethink what I am filling my mind with. Where is the line? When am I “filling my mind” with things other than what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable? Where does meditation fit in? These are not facile questions? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Why study the Bible this way? If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind.
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