the slow boil...

Prior to becoming a mother, my television habits were atrocious. I would plan meals around prime television nights, and I'd even binge watch and sit in front of my television for hours on end. I would grossly involve myself in scripts and plots that were entertaining and adventurous, although many sometimes reflected lifestyles I didn't necessarily agree with. After becoming a mother, amidst my many opportunities to smother and shield my son from all things "not innocent," I just recently began to analyze his television usage. As I became more reserved in my viewing choices for him, a question found its way into my head and it really made me think....

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If I regularly watch TV shows that go against my moral beliefs, am I condoning the immoral behavior if I continue to partake and spend my time watching these things?

This is heavy. You have morals. You have a standard for yourself, your family and your actions and how you portray yourself. BUT, can you explain away continuous watching of things that are against scripture and what you believe in personally, all for the sake of entertainment? If you've ever watched TV, I think it is safe to say that generally, content handles enormous themes in very simplistic ways, making viewers morally uncritical. Let's think about this desensitizing process. For example, if you drop a frog into boiling water, it would very well jump out (or at least try). On the other hand, if you put the same frog into a cool pot of water, bringing it to a boil slowly, the frog remains unaware its being boiled to death. Such is this life dominated by visual entertainment.

God's word tells us to not be lukewarm Christians.

Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop --- some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown (Matthew 15:20).

So if we apply these verses from God's word, what is the take away pertaining to the topic at hand? We obviously would like to be mothers who are like the last type of seed in the parable above. We want to be good soil. We want to read and immerse ourselves in God's word and produce fruit. Think of the good fruit as our family, our babies whom we want so badly to protect and raise in Christ. It is hard to raise a strong, devout believer when we ourselves are wishy-washy at best. But, in a world that is so fact-paced and social media and media driven, how do we survive?

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Television Usage

Monitor what your littles view before they view it. Understand that some cartoons are merely cartoons in appearance with heavy subject matter and language meant for an older audience.

Allow your littles to watch what you yourself teach at home. If you don't condone certain words and/or language to be used in your home, don't allow your children to absorb such language on television from strangers.

Be careful as to what subject matter you allow your littles to learn from the television. If you want to be the one to teach your child about pregnancy or dating relationships, teach them and model to them what you'd like them to know from your own relationships before they see it somewhere else.

Social Media Usage

Easy: Think before you post! Constantly remind yourself that whatever you post is a reflection of you, your family and your role as a believer.. You may be as close to Christ as a non-believer gets, so always be a light!

 

xoxo

Marlena