Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Whatever Is Noble--The Realm of Entertainment


Finally, brothers, 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. Phillipians 4:8

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." Colossians 2:8

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16)

The realm of entertainment is indeed a hot topic indeed among Christians today. There are those who feel strongly that they need to stay in touch with culture and watch the newest movies to keep in touch and abreast with their culture and then there are those who openly teach about the dangers and false philosophies of entertainment. Unless you are living in a bubble somewhere, this subject directly affects all of us.

The three verses stated above have enough biblical guidelines to look at the world of entertainment through biblical lenses. There are many more, of course, but for sake of time and space we will use these three.

There is so much this generation of parents have to face that our own parents did not, our culture is saturated with high technology, that its hard for those who are not savvy in the area to keep up and thus more exposure of our children to evil. The world has truly become more desensitized to the wickedness around it and ridicule us when we reject it. There is good to be found in the below categories but I want us to examine the various choices of entertainment:

TV/Movies--the obvious offenders are evident, lust, sexual immorality, sensuality, foul language, witchcraft, but what about the ones that are not? Feminism, children deemed as superior and parents portrayed as imbeciles, rebellion towards authority and God, homosexuality, and the list goes on.

Books/ Magazines-- glossy pages send strong messages, books can have hidden messages, philosophies and agendas that mom and dad don't have time to read through

Video Games--violence, sex saturated, dark and evil, desensitizing our children, satanic-- now they have video games that access the internet and so we move unto..

Internet sites, blogs, Youtube and Facebook--all which put our children and ourselves on the fast track of information--good and bad. Be sure to have your filters on as a smorgasbord of depravities exists for the unsuspecting. Not only that, but also know what your children are reading and who they are visiting. Never let a child be online alone. I use the 'buddy system' for accountability. No one goes online without someone with them. Sometimes, even blogs for girls/boys (that appear godly) can dive into topics like sex, suicide and such so beware!

Music--Since there are many points I want to discuss here, I will be discussing this subject in a different post.

I have 'cleaned house' before and it is amazing how things still find their way in, it is definitely an ongoing process! Our family has adopted a 'walk beside, talk beside' method of dealing with these things and that in the event if they are exposed to ungodly influences-- we counter it with biblical worldview teaching. We must arm our children with the weapons of war that they will need for their time here on earth as we cannot shelter them from everything.

Children will want to imitate what they watch. Parents must be faithful in being responsible--making sure our children are exposed to and have multiple of sources of entertainment that are good, noble and excellent. We must remember that there is a spiritual war in the media culture and Satan, who has been quite successful so far, wants our children for himself.

So let's be diligent, parents, and keep a watchful eye over them so that none, not even one, will be led astray.






***If you are in need of finding good wholesome resources of entertainment for your family, I wholeheartedly recommend Vision Forum--they also have an excellent Beautiful Girlhood and All American Boyhood Adventure Collection.***



(She Looketh Well Series, Part 5)






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12 comments:

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Reminds me of the children's song "Oh, be careful little eyes what you see" and goes on "Be careful little ears what you hear" etc.

We had to do a lot of cleaning house here in the last few years. We scrapped a LOT of music, videos, and have gone now to basic cable and only watching when we are together. My son is only allowed certain games to play on PS2 as well.

Thank you for such an encouraging post in this!

Lacie Verret said...

Wonderful article! I appreciate what you wrote very much. Thank you!

Blessings to your home ~
Lacie

Stam House said...

What a great post! Yes we have to protect our children but also our self from all those sort of evil!

Thanks for sharing!

Renee

Laryssa Herbert said...

Like you, we try our best to keep ungodly influences out. There are times, like in the grocery store of all places, that filth is seen. When we see things that are evil, I'm always sure to talk about them with my children. I wish I could protect them more.

We aim to protect, not shelter. I want to be the one to inform them of the evil in the world, so they can see things through a Biblical worldview.

Allie Z said...

Love this!

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Thanks for this reminder! Schools out and the neighbor kids are ringing the bell! And we are being ushered into a whole new world. The neighbor children are "shocked" my kids can't watch Sponge Bob or play the "Halo" video game rated "M". Yes, they brag of owning Halo 1,2,3,and 4 and they are only a little older than my 5 and 7 year old!

So sad :-( The truth is my kids will NEVER be "M" enough to play Halo lol!!! These children need Jesus yet - there's a fear of letting these kids play with my kids - what will the influence be?

I'm not sure I'm willing to find out - it's gonna be a long summer! It's boundary time! Mama bear is alert and watching...and not leaving my kids alone with these children.

Thanks for the encouragement - I'm not alone!
Much Love,
Courtney
http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

A Loved Wife said...

What a timely post! It seems with your posts lately that you must have a tap in our home, since my husband and I were just talking about this on Sunday night!

One thing I regret is that I used to not filter anything I would watch, read or listen to. Because of my own lack of filter, I have put images in my mind that pop up at the most inopportune times. We are now just beginning to go through much of our stuff an getting rid of anything that could be unwholesome.

This really remindeds me of Luke 6:45 which says: "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."

When we watch, listen or read things that are unwholesome, they do get stored up in our hearts and before I realize it, I'm saying things I should never say and doing things I shouldn't do. If we fill our hearts with not so good things, it will overflow into our lives and our own testimonies to our family, children especially, can be ruined.

Thank you for putting this post out there! I pray that many young ladies don't get into the entertainment trap and that they can keep their minds and hearts pure before the Lord.

Clara said...

Such an issue to deal with - and SO important in this world we live in. Even if we were to keep our children out of the world, the world has the ability to come straight inside through a cable - we have to be so aware of that!!

Emily Fiore said...

This is a great post. My daughter is only 2 and we don't watch TV but she is content to play w/ playdough or to go to the park/pool or just play w/ her toys. I am wondering what to do w/ her when she gets a little older and she does start to want to do what her friends are doing? Any suggestions from anybody?

Jasmine said...

Excellent post. I'm interested in your future post on music. I will look for it.

Have a blessed day.

Jeannie said...

Great article as always, my husband who is not saved was watching a movie last night that was really violent and gory every other word was a curse word and I just couldnt sit there and watch... Gratefully though he understands this and doesnt ask me to watch with him movies that he knows will bother me, other movies he will.

The old saying goes

YOU ARE what YOU

Eat, Sleep, Read, Play and Listen to...

Handmaid of the Lord said...

We recently bought the Proverbs DVD (House of Wisdom) from S.M. Davis' ministry. It is the entire book of Proverbs with beautiful artwork. Very edifying.