“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” (Phil 4:8)
This verse has been on my mind a great deal lately. How much do I actually put this into practice in my life? I look at the TV shows we’ve watched. They aren’t bad, right? Like Law and Order: SVU, for instance. It’s all about catching the bad guys! Okay, sure, they throw out the occasional swear word, and there are sexual scenes, and we definitely have to make sure we pause it when the kids walk in the room, but overall it’s not bad, right?
This is a great example of the way our culture has been desensitized. The majority of the things shown in SVU are wrong, the problem is that it’s very easy to justify all the wrong by the one or two aspects of good. As Christians, we are instructed to use discernment and understand the difference between wrong and right, and stay away from that which is wrong.
This conviction has been growing on me for several months now. Why are my husband and I watching things in private that we would not allow our children to see? If our children shouldn’t be seeing it, it shouldn’t be in our house, because if it’s in our house, our children have access to it!
I remember back to when I was yong and being raised by my grandparents. My grandfather always had a large collection of Playboy magazines piled up next to his bed. I went into their bedroom one time and came across them. I couldn’t have been older then about 6 or 7 at the time. Being a curious child, I opened the magazines and looked through them. My eyes were opened to things that a child of such a young age should never see. Looking back I realize that my grandfather was able to justify having such things around children because they weren’t out in the open and we weren’t technically “allowed” in their room. As we all know, children don’t always follow rules that are given to them. As my childrens’ parents, it’s my husband’s and my responsibility to be their filter and protect them from things their young eyes should not be seeing. How good of a job are we doing at that when they have such easy access to things they shouldn’t see? All they need do is turn on the TV and start flipping through channels or pop in a DVD!
With all these things in mind, we have been making some tough choices recently. One of those decisions is purging our DVD and video game collection. We are saying goodbye to anything unwholesome. We are using our children as the standard; if they shouldn’t be seeing it, we need to get rid of it. The same will go for our book collection. (The hardest books for me to part with will be my Harry Potter collection.) The very hardest step of all will be getting rid of the cable TV. The decision to do it has already been made. We’re both in agreement that it needs to go, but actually calling it and cancelling it has proven harder than we thought. Our attachment to such a thing really frustrates me!
We have come such a long way in the past few months, but we still have such a long way to go. I wish it weren’t such a struggle!