Message # 736
New Leaves: Entertainment
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.
Last year, a Michigan dad took his two stepsons to Burger King. A TV was mounted to the wall, and the older son blurted out,
“Don’t look up at the TV.” The screen was filled with a lurid R-rated sex scene. Some of the customers were
mesmerized by the action, and because employees were slow to change the channel, the man walked over and turned off the television.
Burger King apologized when the man filed a police report, but he understandably worries that the images will torment his
Perhaps we need to turn off the television too—the one in our own home. Our culture has a way of luring us into watching
people in more obscene, profane, violent, and immoral activities than any that we’d actually allow into our house. Not
all entertainment is bad, but most entertainment is getting worse.
Consider turning over a new leaf this year. Be more selective in what you watch. Be quicker to turn off shows that are inappropriate
and seek programming that will help you and others make wiser turning points in life.
We must not be so na´ve as to assume that all entertainment is spiritually neutral and safe, as though we could immerse our
minds in everything the world offers and remain spiritually unscathed.