I support sex outside of marriage. I support violence. I support partying. I support living a life of pleasure, selfishness, and greed at the expense of others.
I am a Christian.
How do I support these things? It’s simple. I allow myself to see them on tv.
I don’t have too much time to watch tv and when I do I try to watch good “clean” movies but when a part comes up that isn’t so “good” I take a really strong stand against it… I close my eyes or fast forward that scene. Really noble of me, I know.
One of my pastors shared his stance of watching tv at youth service once. He said he would never watch something he didn’t support in real life because that was just giving more money (and ratings) to the production of those types of movies.
This was pretty convicting for me. It would mean all I can watch for the rest of my life is documentaries and Disney movies (if that… even Disney movies aren’t as “innocent” as they may seem).
But he made a really good point.
Often times so many sinful things are introduced into our culture through what we see on the tv screen and if we take the time to watch it…then we are in a sense “supporting” it.
These days all there seems to be on tv and on magazines is violence and fornication, one movie trying to outdo the other. Rated R movies have become PG13… and sometimes we wonder why America seems to be going down a slippery slope.
We allow violence, abortions and homosexuality on tv and soon enough it we be allowed in our homes.
It seems a little drastic, I know. But there’s truth to it.
Has there not been enough shootings by teens in our world motivated by violence they see on tv or in video games to prove that what we see on tv transforms and impacts the way we think?
Hollywood glamorizes sex outside of marriage and living a life of pleasure and selfishness… and is it no surprise that we live in a generation that cares about only one thing: “me” and the divorce rate never stops growing?
I don’t know about you. But I think it’s time we think about the things we let ourselves see. The things we allow to play on the tv screen in our homes. The things we “support”, sometimes unknowingly without the desire to do so.
Paul writes to the Philippians and tells them to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable.” (Philippians 4:8)
My question to you and my question to me is: what kind of thoughts do I think based on what I choose to watch on the tv screen. Are they pure? Are they lovely? Are they right? Do they glorify and honor God?
Because that should be the standard of what we allow to enter into our lives. Not what the rating says on the back of the movie. Not whether we feel good or bad about it.
I challenge myself and I challenge you to think twice before you turn that movie or tv show on. You will live without one more episode of a show. And by doing so you are one less person supporting something that God never would.