Devotional: ‘The Christian and Their TV’  

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There are many important decisions that a Christian family has to make. Some decisions are easy and others are not. Some decisions can be made one time and we are done with it. Other decisions have to be made over and over again. Yet it is the culmination of these many decisions that determines who we become.

Consider the psalmist’s decision concerning what he would allow himself to see.

“I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil… No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.” (Psalm 101:3-4, 7)  

One of the hardest battles a Christian family has to make is what they will watch on TV. It is amazing how we as believers often receive into our homes attitudes and actions that are completely contrary to our Christian values. If we are not very careful, the deeds of faithless men, people with perverse hearts, and those who practice deceit will enter into our homes through what we often call entertainment. Added to this is video games and the internet. What can the Christian family do to help protect their home?

First of all, we must realize that a Christian home does not happen by accident. It is the result of much prayer, hard work and tough decisions. Every Christian family must clearly define their boundaries and then they must practice self-control and discipline in maintaining those boundaries.

Something that we did as a family was to watch a lot of videos and DVD’s.

The bad side of this was – watching the same videos over and over again, we often knew in advance what they were going to say and do.

The good side of this was – watching the same videos over and over again, we often knew in advance what they were going to say and do.

David determined – “I will set before my eyes no vile thing.”

Although we may think that the sin of Hollywood will not affect us, every time we expose ourselves to it, we are planting seeds that may someday bring a harvest. It may be hard today for a parent to tell their child ‘no’ when it comes to watching something that is popular; however, think how much harder it will be for that parent tomorrow when they see their child living it out.

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