So. We are sitting here, again, watching a little television as a family. This is an activity that is not as easy as it used to be.
We have a security block on our televisions. If a show is rated “M”, we have to enter a code to see it. We never had to enter it before 10PM, but now, at 8PM most shows are blocked. What do you do with a 13 year old in the house – or younger? You end up watching PBS, History or Disney Channel.
Tonight, we are watching a show called, So Random on Disney. It seems to be a kid version of SNL. It used to be a really funny show, called, Sonny with a Chance, until the star of that show went to rehab for some destructive behavior. She is doing better now, and is pursuing a musical career. I miss her. Really.
Even Disney is not always family friendly anymore. Now there’s even a show called My Babysitter is a Vampire. It’s ridiculous. Just about every show on Disney highlights stupid parents, really smart and good-looking kids, who are all dating, or consumed with the opposite sex. Our family favorite is Good Luck Charlie. The kids are usually lying about something, and the parents usually let them get away with it. The mom always makes me laugh though and Charlie is adorable. I do think about the kids that watch television without any parental filters. My prayer is that most parents are pro-active with their kids viewing habits.
Television is a hard call for Christian families these days. We know that culture is wrong on so many levels. We know that television is a huge influence on culture – and on people in general. So what do you do? Do you watch shows or movies that promote everything you know is wrong – biblically? Man, it’s hard.
So, we just do our best. We stay in God’s Word, and actually go days without even turning on the television. We have the “block” and we have a Clearplay DVD player. (www.clearplay.com) We discuss stuff that we do watch, and will compare culture with scripture when we need to. We do miss most of the popular shows and movies, which is sometimes frustrating.
There is a story I heard once, a long time ago, that goes like this:
Some kids came to their parents and asked if they could watch a movie that many of their friends had seen. The kids said that it was not all bad, with only a little bit of profanity. The parents said they would think about it and discuss it again the next day. The next day came, and the parents set the kids down at the table in front of a big plate of brownies. The kids were thrilled, and went to grab one. The parents said, “wait, let us tell you what is in the brownies first”. The parents then told the kids that the brownies were made with the best ingredients, and they even went and gathered some dog poop from the back yard and put in just a little bit for extra flavor. They told the kids if they were OK with that, and could eat the brownies, then they could go to the movie.
Isn’t that the way it is? The sad part about that story is that we have all been eating the brownies for so long, we don’t notice the poop and we don’t even care.
We are not a perfect family. We have a hard time with the “Be in the world, not of the world” teaching from scripture. So much so, we have an ongoing debate in our house. I like to think that too much sports viewing is worse then TLC’s Sister Wives or Toddler’s & Tiaras. My husband and son’s disagree. Either way, it’s all brain candy – and too much candy is not good for us, but it’s hard to resist.
So, what do you watch, with or without guilt? How do you live out being “in” and not “of”? I’ll let you think about that, while I go watch Sister Wives. Really. Pray for me.