No Vile Thing                                           

Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure…think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

A father was watching television with his thirteen-year-old daughter. In attempting to accommodate her, they selected a drama that was popular with teenagers. The dad was shocked by what he saw and heard, but he tried hard not to turn their time of “togetherness” into a parental lecture. Finally, he couldn’t take it anymore. “Honey,” he said, “I just can’t sit here and let this trash come into our home. This is awful. We’re going to have to watch something else.” To his surprise, his daughter said, “I wondered when you would finally turn it off, Dad. That program is terrible.”

Our children may resist our efforts to screen out the filth that permeates their world, but they know it’s right to do so. They will respect us for saying, “God gave us this home, and we’re not going to insult Him by polluting it with foul programming.” However, in order to make this judgment, you have to be watching with your children when a program comes on. You also have to keep TVs and computers out of your kids’ bedrooms, where it’s impossible to monitor what’s being seen.

It’s not a bad idea to unplug your TVs and computers altogether when your kids are young—but if you do have these devices in your home, we suggest you base your viewing policy on the words of the psalmist: “I will set before my eyes no vile thing” (Psalm 101:3).

Before you say good night…

  • Do you truly know—and endorse—what your kids are watching?
  • Do you have the courage and wisdom to protect your home from “vile things”?

Spirit of God, stir us to vigilance! Forgive us for allowing influences into our home that warp attitudes and rob innocence from our precious children. Help us to take whatever action we need to take to protect our little ones. Amen.

Illustration adapted from Bringing Up Boys copyright © 2001 by James Dobson, Inc. Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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