Boy how times have changed. have you ever watched TV from the 1960’s? TV for the most part reflects society and its changes, behaviours and attitudes. You can watch the progression of women’s rights, war, the economy…etc., just by watching episodes from years ago.
Take for instance a typical sitcom from 1960. Women worked in the home, cooked the meals and were content. By 1965, women were arguing with their husbands, leaving the home and getting jobs.
“Who will take care of the children?” The husband would ask.
She would just shrug her shoulders, toss her hair and say, “You can stay home, if you want to.”
I haven’t watched TV in about 14 years or so now…so I really have no clue how bad it’s gotten, but if TV does reflect society, then TV must be pretty rotten indeed.
I read an article about the effects of TV on the brain, and it said the watching of TV actually puts the brain to sleep. It’s as if the person watching the show is actually asleep, yet he is awake, hence the reason why it’s so hard to talk to a person when they are watching a show.
Should a Christian household have a TV? Let’s look at it another way.
Let’s make a list of what the TV allows in the home and then answer the question, if you can…
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Gang and gang attitudes
- Ungodly music
- Unpleasing attire
- Evolutionary attitudes
- Rebellion against God and Jesus Christ
Have I made my point? These 12 points are only the twelve I can think of at the moment.
How many murders do you think you will see after one year of viewing?
How many times will you have watched a woman undress or dress in unpleasing attire after one year?
How many sex scenes will be stored away in your memory after one year?
How many times will you be told that you are a primate?
And that’s just the blatant in your face influences…not even mentioning the subliminal influences.
Should a Christian have a TV in his house? What do you think? Look at the list again and please don’t use the excuse of, “Oh, I only watch certain programs.”
Sure you do…in order to be honoring to God, you have to be honest. Be honest with yourself and make your stand for one side or the other. Will you be honoring to God or will you allow the enemy to flood your house with all the sinful influences of the world?
The Bible tells us to separate ourselves from society and it’s influences. We are told to not touch that unclean thing. We are told to shun, flee from and run away from any sexual sin. God has given us Philippians 4.8 as a filter for those things we allow into our minds. Do you use it?
Does your free time consist of all the “entertainment” of the world or does it consist of the Bible, family devotions and together time with our spouse?
If you think the TV is not a problem in your household, then unplug the cable/satellite for a month…then you’ll see just how dependent you are on it.
God demands your servitude and loyalty. He demands your entire being. He doesn’t make any room for any other masters or lords in your life.
If you insist on splitting up your service to another…He will have nothing to do with you.
Just in case, you don’t know what Philippians 4.8 is, here is a study I did on it…read it, understand it and put it to practice in your life.
Do you take your mind captive or are you a prisoner of your mind?
What do I mean? Just this…do you allow just anything to run through the halls of your mind or do you exercise some discretion on what you think and dwell on?
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
~2 Corinthians 10.5
You see, every thought and imagination that does not dwell on God, is exalting itself above God because of the very simple reason of its inherent evilness. Our thoughts are by nature evil, selfish and rebellious. What we cannot accomplish in the flesh, we act out in the mind. It’s our own personal arena where we play the leading role. We think we can do whatever we feel like in this arena without consequence, but God watches even our thoughts (Psalms 139).
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
So if God can discern and follow our thoughts, then it stands to reason, that there are rules for our thought life. In 2 Corinthians it says we are to take our thought-life captive. What does it mean ‘take captive’?
Have you ever seen soldiers taking prisoners into custody? They will either hand-cuff them or immobilize their arms and legs thus taking away their liberty and freedom. The prisoners are now under the power of those who took them prisoner and will obey their command or face the consequences.
This is precisely how we are to treat our thoughts. Take them prisoner and only allow those thoughts that are pleasing to flow through the gate of our minds.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
As a man thinks, so he becomes. Why? Because your actions start with your mind. Your mind dwells on them for a time and if nothing is done to stop the thoughts, you start thinking up ways to make those thoughts come to life. This is where your thoughts enter your heart and become life. Once your thoughts enter your heart, then it’s only a matter of time before you will find a way to accomplish them.
You are commanded to take your thoughts prisoner thus,
1. Taking away their power
2. Slamming the door shut on the devil’s only avenue of attack and,
3. And giving you the power and right to kill them if necessary.
Have you ever killed a thought? Have you ever caught yourself thinking about something (especially first thing in the morning), and then realized you shouldn’t be thinking it and quickly think about something else? You just killed that thought before it had a chance to do any damage.
We have been given a filter to use for our thought-life…I call it our Philippians 4.8 filter.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are ofgood report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
There you go. There’s your list.
6. Good Report
Simple, right? Not so fast. It sounds simple, but we all know it’s not. Our minds act like greased pigs sometimes and catching our thoughts can be extremely difficult and darn-near impossible, but God has given us a remedy for that as well.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
~Romans 12. 2
Two words stand out in this verse.
1. Transformed (this word is the same word used when Jesus was transfigured. It also mean ‘metamorphosis’. Like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly) The idea is when God saves you, your mind is slowly transformed and changed from a worm to a beautiful butterfly. Your whole mind changes and when God is finished with your mind it will no more resemble your old mind than a butterfly resembles a caterpillar.
2. Renewing. A better translation should be ‘renovate’. This means to completely remove the old and replace it with new. When someone renovates their house, they replace the broken, old and worn out with new and shiny. Our minds are being gutted and replaced with new thoughts and mind-sets.
How does God transform us into His butterflies? By the renovating of our minds. There. This is the key to taking captive our thoughts and not allowing them to run us around into sin. If we rely on God, submit to Him, He will take those ugly sinful thoughts away and replace them with thoughts about Him. Thoughts that are lovely and pure and virtuous. This being accomplished we will look at life different. We will look at people different. And we will dwell on Him rather than wasting our time thinking about scenarios that bring nothing but shame to His eyes.
The opposite is down-right scary. We are told that those who practice sin in mind and body, sear their consciences, making that which would have been unacceptable before, now acceptable. Like a burn. That area burned has less feeling than it did before. The same goes for our consciences. The more we indulge in sinful practices and thoughts, the more we get used to it.
The main problem with that is this:
You can never go back.
If it will help, think of your mind as a garden. Do you desire fruits and vegetables in your garden or are you content with weeds and thorns? Your choice.
Honestly, this applies to anything with a screen as well as reading material, music, and all of LIFE in this fallen and decaying world.