The Better Mom posted this on her blog a few weeks ago and it really really tugged at my heart and convicted me. I started paying closer attention to what my family was watching, I started listening to the words in our regular tv shows, I started hearing just how many times God was talked about in a single show and just how much horrible things the characters talked about Him.
Wow was I in for a shock. My family and I watch a lot of TV. I let the kids watch a few educational cartoons in the morning and then after dinner we all gather in the living room to watch tv while the kids play. One night God really hit me full force with the truth of what we were watching...
My husband loves CSI, I have found some of the shows interesting but for the most part the investigation stuff is boring but on this particular night I felt God nudge me to put my book down and pay attention. The show was about a family that had been murdered by 3 people because each person had a grudge against one of the family members...a child was killed, a grandmother in a wheelchair and the parents all gunned down because of lust and money.
Watching this show felt like I had been punched in the stomach, I got MAD. How dare we let this in our house. I pray for peace every morning, less anger, patience love and help with my family and here we are letting this stuff be played into our house! There was apsolutley no way this show brought glory to God, there was no way it helped us think of anything positive and praise worthy, my husband even made the comment that he'd have to watch a happy show after that before he went to bed...
Today I want you to think about the shows you and your family watch, think really hard then measure them up to scripture...here are a few popular shows that we've watched that I've held up to the Light of God.
1) Grey's Anatomy - I LOVED this show, I don't know why now because all it is, is drama, lust and gossip. The doctors save people's lives but they gossip over their patients and they are so worried about their lives that they let people almost die on numerous occasions.
2) Dancing with the Stars - While on the outside this show looks fun and exciting with all the stars dancing but the outfits are so racy some times I find myself wanting to reach over and cover my children's eyes or my husbands eyes.
Jesus took drastic measures to save you, what drastic choices have you made to serve Him? Cutting down on the tv usage is just one way we as a family have chosen to serve Him.
How much tv do you and your family watch in a 24 hour period? Here are some alternatives we have come up with instead of turning to the tv for our entertainment.
1) Go outside! The weather is beautiful in the evenings right now, get outside with the family, play tag, go to the park, play ball anything outdoors.