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Be Careful Little Eyes What You See




by Kevin Watson



“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26, 27, NIV).[1]

I know this is not popular in most Christian circles, but it is best for the Christian to guard their eyes and ears from things that are unholy when seeking entertainment. Murder, deception, lying, drunkenness, rape, adultery, fornication, casual sexual relationships, etc., are sins being depicted for entertainment and glorified on the screen. People pay for this! These things are a reality in life to many, but so is a dog eating its own vomit, and no one sits around watching that happen.

Here is a good litmus test for anyone who is a Christ-follower and wants to know whether or not Jesus would want them to watch, hear, or read something that has entertainment value. If He was sitting right next to you while you were doing it, what would be the reaction on His face to you?

Let’s not get confused about what I am addressing here. I am not saying you shouldn’t reach out to the lost in the places where they are. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be around people who are not following God. This is all about choices of pleasure and pastimes. It could very well deal with hanging out with other people. I guess the principle is the same. What are we really here for?

Some will say that they can discern between right and wrong, and so they are able to take the good out of what they choose as entertainment. I say they are only lying to themselves. And maybe . . . maybe they really enjoy taking in the things of this world. “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (Job 28:28, NIV).

Watching violent movies can cause a desensitization to real-life violence and can increase aggressive behavior.[2] This affects our ability to be compassionate. When we are desensitized by violent content, we will tend to be inactive to violence against others.

This same thought process can be applied to any of the other sins that I listed above. If I am constantly watching movies that contain sexually abusive behaviors, fornication, or adulterous content, I will also desensitize my mind to what is acceptable before my God. The subconscious mind plays a powerful role in that the more we are bombarded with these images and concepts, the more we won’t be appalled by them. This must be why Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ ” (Matthew 6: 22, 23, NIV). And the psalmist reminds us, “Let those who love the Lord hate evil” (Psalm 97:10, NIV).

Media Smarts’ article “Television’s Impact on Kids” notes, “Kids today are bombarded with sexual messages and images in all media—television, magazines, advertisements, music, movies, and the Internet. Adults are often concerned about whether these messages are healthy. While television can be a powerful tool for educating young people about the responsibilities and risks of sexual behavior, such issues are seldom mentioned or dealt with in a meaningful way in programs containing sexual content.”[3]

What we take in can have a lasting effect on our hearts and minds. As with negative content, positive content can have the same impact. After becoming a Christian, I surrounded myself with God’s Word, prayer, and witnessing for Him, and many of the awful habits that I obtained throughout my life faded one by one. As I devoted myself to things that pertained to Jesus, not only was I able to discern what was good and what was bad in my surroundings and in my life, but Christ started to remove the bad habits and tendencies that encompassed my thoughts and my actions.

This is why the words of Philippians 4:8 are very relevant for our times: “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” (NIV).

Let’s not fool ourselves anymore. Jesus wants us to be a peculiar people. Jesus chose us. Let’s choose Him in all we do.

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14, NIV).

 


[1] Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright ã 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

[2] “Television’s Impact on Kids,” Media Smarts, accessed October 2014, http://mediasmarts.ca/television/televisions-impact-kids.

[3] Ibid.

 

Kevin Watson loves working with youth and being a part of the body of Christ. He is a marketing professional seasoned in graphic design and social media. This was reprinted from an original October 15, 2014, post on his blog Uninvited Thoughts from Kev at itskev.com.

 




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