When I was in the fifth grade, I went to my first birthday slumber party. I was so excited to be invited, because that meant I was part of the “cool” group of kids in my class. Although my parents did not know the birthday girl’s family very well, they still allowed me to go.
At first the party was fun. We played silly games, danced to pop music, and had lots of great food. But later in the evening when everyone snuggled into their sleeping bags in the living room, the birthday girl’s mother put on a movie that was definitely not for kids. It was a horror film in which people were possessed and controlled by demonic spirits. Needless to say, I was completely traumatized by the terrifying images in the film.
In my naivety, I never thought to call my mom or tell my friend’s mother that I didn’t like the movie. I just covered my eyes, fearfully waiting for it all to end. I don’t remember if I slept at all that night. Those horrifying images were seared in my memory like a hot iron. Sadly, this happens all too often in the homes of many families in our neighborhoods.
Now that I am a parent myself, I understand how crucial it is to protect my children’s eyes from what is evil. The world of secular media is replete with images of sexual immorality, violence and spiritual darkness. Even TV commercials are saturated with morally compromising messages. How do we as believers keep our eyes and hearts pure in a sin-sick world?
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
What we see with our eyes seeps deep within our souls. As they saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. If that is true, then a motion picture is worth a million. In order to see God at work with our spiritual eyes, we must keep watch over the door of our physical eyes. To see God with our spiritual eyes, we must watch over the door of our physical eyes. Click To Tweet
And we must teach our children to do the same.
Here are three strategies for guarding our family’s eyes and hearts:
1.) Take the “Philippians 4:8 Test” with your media choices.
The Philippians 4:8 Test involves asking ourselves key questions from the passage:
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.
Before hitting “play” on the remote, ask yourself: Is this media choice true? Its it noble and right? Is it pure and lovely? Are the characters in this film admirable, excellent or worthy of praise? Would I recommend this media choice to another family?
2.) Use media services like Pure Flix to find good, wholesome films.
Pure Flix is a great resource for Christians who are looking for positive, uplifting media choices for their entire family. It has tons of movies, TV series, comedy shows, children’s programs and educational films. (If you are a homeschool mom like me, check out the homeschool supplemental program they offer!)
3.) Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your media choices.
If you have a sense in your heart that a certain movie or TV program is not for you, listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Don’t hesitate to hit the “stop” button on your remote if a scene is unsettling to your soul. Allow God to guide the compass of your heart, and He will lead you on the right path of purpose and purity.
Whether you are married, single, a mother or proud grandparent, we are all called to live lives of holiness. Let’s set a godly example to our children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and live to a higher standard than the status quo. Lives of beauty, excellence, and glorious splendor to a watching world.