So the gist of the sermon was this: entertainment is a gift from God, but it becomes an idol when it diverts and distracts us to the point that our most important relationships suffer. The main part that was cut was a section on the concept of "amusement." Here it is:
Many forms of entertainment we seek because we want to be amused. I never realized what the word "amusement" meant. The Muses, according to Greek mythology, are the personification of knowledge and the arts: literature, dance, music, science, geography, math, philosophy, drama, and inspiration. Music is an art of the Muses, and a museum used to be where you'd go to worship the Muses. They were all about thoughtfulness, reflection, and creativity.
Now when you take a Greek word and put an "a" on the front of it, it negates the word. It makes the difference between "theist" (someone who believes God exists) and "atheist" (someone who believes God does not exist). Therefore, the word amusement basically means the lack of thoughtfulness, reflection, and creativity.
There's nothing wrong with a good laugh; it can help us cope with things that would otherwise drive us crazy. But I have to wonder, does the god of entertainment really want to help us or hurt us? Are we, as Neil Postman so aptly titles his book, amusing ourselves to death? TV, movies, games, social media all promise to add value to your life - but they take it from you, one hour, one game, one newsfeed at a time. We sit in front of the TV and say, "there's nothing on!" maybe what we mean is "meaningless! Meaningless! It's all meaningless!" As Kyle Idleman writes, "never in the history of humanity has there been so much entertainment and so little satisfaction."
* - shout out to Kyle Idleman for his excellent book Gods At War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).