TURN OFF THE TV!!
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
Are we seeing the fruits of a generation raised by TV? Are we seeing a generation that has been over exposed to violence, materialism and sexual images grown up and unable to "uncorrupted" their morals?
Remember when Jesus was telling the disciples how to pray, he said "you should pray..and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one..Matthew 6:23.
ALL 99% of Television does is "lead into temptation". Materialism, selfishness, pride, jealousy, greed, violence and promiscuity. Viewers are programmed hour after hour, over and over, yet we don't understand why someone would kill 33 students, what programmed him?
We don't understand why 12 yr old girls are giving oral sex like it's nothing, Yet all we heard about in the 90's was the Clinton scandal. The leader of the free world IS news. He told the world that he didn't have sexual relations with Monica Lewinski BUT yea, he did have oral sex. It was all over the news, all day everyday, everyone talking about it! Clinton and the media led our youth into temptation cuz' we are mesmerized by scandal and the news media loves to feed the frenzy!
We don't understand why over 50% of school children are fat, and or struggling with an eating disorder, yet all TV does is say "This food is fast and cheap and taste good, or look at this Victoria Secret Model, she is so skinny" again, our youth are being led into temptation.
Please, do not even try to say Media does not bare some blame for the sick perverse America we live in. You may want to blame parents, and yes, they pay the heartbreaking price of watching their child self destruct BUT these are the parents who were told, by the media, "You can have it all, work, family, two car garage, vacation in the summer", etc..so they sat their kids in front of the TV, climbed the corporate ladder and let TV and other people raise their children. They too were led into temptation.
Even the church, wanting to be Relevant, baths itself in current culture so as to reach the young people. We have the message that "delivers from Evil" yet we are too busy leading them into temptation under the guise or relevance.
Most TV is poison to a young developing mind. If the amount of TV is not balanced by the amount of parental involvement, church involvement, reading, friendships, then that child is being formed by that poison. Both parent and child need to realize the power of constant images on who we become. We as parents have to talk to our kids about what is being watched. I say never just let your kids watch TV. Sit with them or know exactly what they are watching. Have designated TV watching times, don't just have the TV on all the time. That is why I love not having Cable, the programs are limited so we know what is on and when all the time.
Roger Butner talks about this also over @ hopeforyourfamily.com. Thanks Roger for giving me the heads up about National Turn of the TV week.