Think on these things
Here’s a really good verse to nosh on for a bit…it’s Philippians 4:8 and it says this:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This verse is so important, especially in our sinful world today. Think of what you watched on TV, what you listened to in the car, what you heard in conversation. How about what you saw online or heard on the news. What did you read on Facebook?
Were those things any of the following?
Limit Your Exposure
I can think of TV shows or movies I’ve watched that do not in any way align with this handy little list of standards. About five years ago, we ditched cable. It took a little getting used to, but we transitioned to using Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. And we used an antenna for local channels. In the switch, we lost some favorite channels but it wasn’t the end of the world, by any means. It certainly was cheaper, so that was really nice!
What this change allowed us to do was to limit the exposure of commercials, advertising, general ratings creep (this is the process of relaxing standards on what is permissible on TV) and also the proclivity to watch whatever the next thing was on TV without much thought.
I don’t think we were really aware of just how impactful this change really was until a few years later when the Olympics were broadcast. Because we wanted to watch some of the events, we were forced to move over to live TV (something we only did for weather alert statuses or breaking local news). I cannot tell you how immediately shell shocked we were after the first onslaught of commercials we were subjected to.
Being away from the commercials and advertising and TV shows for so long, we bristled at how disgusting things had become. We had seen several violent acts, a male video game character hit what we can only assume is a hooker? We heard curse words, saw way too much cleavage and heard several innuendos to kinky sex.
What the crap?!
If nothing else, this confirmed to us that we had made the right decision. Now, in full disclosure we had eliminated cable for financial savings reasons. However, this? This made us realize that we had to keep this set up for no other reason than it put us in more control of the filth that does and more importantly does not come into our house. Having children, this is especially vital.
Consider all the ways you allow your heart to be weakened by sin, temptation, lewdness, crassness. You may think, “Oh, I know it’s bad so I’m aware and I don’t let it affect me.”
But it does. It’s desensitization and that’s a huge weakness. I didn’t realize how big a weakness it was until we were away from live TV/ programming for so long. I felt it. I saw it. And I was truly amazed at how far our world has come.
Now is the time to prepare your hearts. Keep scripture in front of you as much as possible. Memorize scripture so it’s always inside of you. Write it on post-it notes. Do whatever you need to do to ensure that these words stay in your line of sight…
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.- Philippians 4:8