1. Accessible: Binge-watching is pretty representative of our culture. We are, overall, consumers on a schedule who want something customizeable. We like Prime delivery, listicles (list-articles, which is the format of this blog and a pretty awesome word), and highways. We want to be able to watch a whole season of a show or series of movies without waiting for “next week’s episode” or a “to be continued” at the end. In most cases, binge-watching doesn’t even make us watch any commercials. Scripture can be experienced in exactly the same way. If you were to Google some resources that tell you how to read a story thread chronologically, you can follow that thread from start to finish. You can choose from a vast variety of subjects, genres, and lengths in your readings. You can spend time in one verse or cover many chapters. Like our streaming devices, Scripture is available for whenever we make time, in tons of formats. My prayer for us is that we actually do so!
  2. Affective: When I have binge-watched a drama or documentary series about a serious or heavy topic, or conversely, when we’re watching The Office for the 34th time through, the gravity (or lack thereof) begins to rub off on me. Have you ever sat, having just completed a heavy episode, feeling weighed down? Or having laughed hysterically through a comedy, felt that there was extra light in the day? Setting our attention on something over a period of time begins to affect us, which is no doubt why Scripture reminds us in Philippians that we should dwell deeply on “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you.”
  3. Applicable: The idea of “bingeing” reminds me of Jesus (stay with me). Jesus continually points the conversations toward grace and truth, and in that he also quotes a lot of Scripture. That tells me that that’s where his mind is. It tells me he has probably “binge-ed” on a lot of Scripture. I can quote lots of things from The Office in real situations in my life, because I have spent a lot of time watching it. We can learn Scripture and apply it to situations in our lives in exactly the same way.
Megan Armendariz
Megan is the administrator at Holy Cross. She is originally from the Chicago area and went to college in Wisconsin and in Seville, Spain. She is bilingual in Spanish and loves to teach ESL here at Holy Cross for N. Dallas Shared Ministries and WILD Wednesday. She and her husband Francisco love to travel, try new foods, and cheer on their favorite teams.