EXCUSE #1 So, you say that I shouldn't bring the world into my living room but my children see things every day at Wal-mart, etc. You can't possibly shelter them from everything!
ANSWER: Yes, you are correct. Your children will see all manner of sin and worldliness when they are out and about. The difference is that when you are out in the world, it is *expected* that you will see worldliness! We can teach our children that people need the Lord and until they find His saving grace, they will continue to live like the devil. With the television, you are inviting the portrayal of sin and worldliness into your home and saying it's ok by watching it under the guise of "entertainment". You are condoning it in the eyes of your children.
This really covers the "sheltering" issue. No matter how much we try to protect our children from the world, they will learn the ways of the world. Why would you want to make it easier for them??? I have an answer for that - curious? C-O-N-V-E-N-I-E-N-C-E Yes m'am, convenience. It is more convenient to stick the kiddos in front of the tube then to find worthwhile endeavors for them. I understand ~ truly, I do. I'm a wife, a mom of three, a homeschool teacher and a pastor's wife and that is just the tip of the iceberg. I understand. This is where some good, educational videos can come in handy, for those times when you need a half hour reprieve. Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
EXCUSE #2 But you can't shelter them from everything (part 2)
ANSWER: Sorry, the sheltering issue comes up so often that I can't help but re-visit it. So you're going to provide godless entertainment for your children because you just can't shelter them from everything? Are you going to provide them with tobacco? drugs? alcohol? I mean, you wouldn't want to "shelter" them, would you? Of course, I'm being sarcastic; the sheltering thing gets under my skin just about as much as the socialization thing :)
You have to remember that children are like tender plants. They need the purest environment to thrive. You wouldn't expect your seedlings to survive and prosper in contaminated soil, would you? Why then would you expect your children to?
EXCUSE #3 But I need to relax
ANSWER: Do you seriously believe that the only way to relax is to zone out in front of the tube? How sad! Seriously. Take a walk, read a book, play a board game, go for a drive, take a bath, listen to music, take the kids to the park, go fishing, go hiking, do yard work or some hobby that you enjoy. You'd be amazed at what you might find relaxing if you gave yourself the chance!
EXCUSE #4 What I'm watching isn't bad
ANSWER: My question to you is....IS IT GOOD? Remember, we are supposed to do ALL to the glory of God. Does it glorify God and bring Him honor? I know a lot of people will say that they only watch the news. The nightly news is probably some of the worst stuff on tv. Would someone please tell me what is good and honest and pure and lovely about the evening news?
For arguments sake, let's say that they program you are watching fits the bill of being glorifying to God (I would LOVE to know what you're watching!). Tell me, do the commercials? The music? The dress? Scenarios portrayed?
You know, I am not naive enough to think that unplugging that box that has held families captive their entire lives is an easy thing. It's not. But I do believe that not only will God bless you for it, your family will be blessed as well. Remember:
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Something tells me that the Old Testament sacrificial lambs and bullocks didn't find their service very comfortable. I don't believe our Savior enjoyed Calvary. Jesus says that as Christians, we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice for it is just our reasonable service.
Whatever you decide, may it be for HIS glory!
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