Friday, January 12, 2018

Think Before You Watch

Amy was just twelve years old when she witnessed her very first "sex scene" on T.V. She was always told that premarital sex was wrong and was committed to waiting until marriage to be sexually intimate.

Fast forward eight years later, Amy had made a complete habit out of watching television shows with low moral content. Sexual scene after sexual scene and Amy had no idea her heart had been softening to the idea of sexual sin.

How could it not? Our culture glamorizes low moral standards so well that it's no surprise that many people have followed in it's footsteps.

In 1930, The Association of Motion Picture Producers, Inc. and The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc. came out with a set of rules governing the content produced in major film productions. This Code was named "The Hays Code."

These production companies knew how great of an influence television and film could have on our culture. In fact, the document begins with these words:

"If motion pictures present stories that will affect lives for the better, they can become the most powerful force for the improvement of mankind..... Motion picture producers recognize the high trust and confidence which have been placed in them by the people of the world and which have made motion pictures a universal form of entertainment. They recognize their responsibility to the public because of this trust and because entertainment and art are important influences in the life of a nation."

They knew that their influence would be powerful and decided that they would try and use this influence for good. Though their list wasn't perfect and not completely morally correct, it shows us just how important guarding our media truly is.

I want to quickly list a few rules on this code of conduct:

The sanctity of the institution of marriage and the home shall be upheld. Pictures shall not infer that low forms of sex relationship are the accepted or common thing.

 Adultery, sometimes necessary plot material, must not be explicitly treated, or justified, or presented attractively.

Pointed profanity.. or every other profane or vulgar expression however used, is forbidden.

No film or episode may throw ridicule on any religious faith.

You get the point.

Television plays a huge impact on our moral standards. 

Fast forward to today and television is filled with all kinds of gross content. Premarital sex is glamorized, adultery is constantly being portrayed as "romantic," and profanity runs amok. 

This kind of television is dangerous and completely offensive to the God we claim to love.

As Christians, we should be going the extra mile to guard our hearts and minds from the filth our culture is producing.

Psalm 101:3 says, "I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me." This is what the heart of a born again Christian looks like. Loves God, hates sin.

Our media and entertainment habits are not harmless.

One of the biggest lies that we tell ourselves is that we can fill our minds with all kinds of garbage and not be effected. We are being effected. We are being influenced. Every movie and television show, whether it intends to or not, puts out a message.

And we, the viewers, are consuming that message. Just imagine if we as Christians used truth and wisdom to discern what we should watch.

The bible offers us a wonderful grid to follow to know exactly what we as Christians should be thinking upon. Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

Before watching a movie or show ask yourself these eight questions:

Does this film uphold God's truth?

Is this film honorable?

Is this film just?

Is this film pure?

Is this a lovely film?

Is this film commendable?

Can I consider this a film of excellence?

Is this film worthy of praise?

Don't just put anything and everything before your precious eyes. Let's be girls that honor God in every way, including our entertainment choices.

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