Think No Evil

In this world that we live in it's so easy to see things we should never set our eyes on. Billboards, commercials, movies, and the internet have made it so easy to display inappropriate images before the eyes of the entire world. It would be great if someone could invent a special set of glasses we could wear that filters out all that junk.

But since that's not possible, we must do what we can to protect ourselves from the images that are so freely accessible in our every day life. We know that old saying, "See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil", but how about Think No Evil?

When we see things it makes an imprint in our minds, like when you press down your hand into cement. That hand print will always be there. It made fade a bit over time, as the rain comes every winter, but the imprint will always be there. What can we do about that?

Memorize scripture and pray:

Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."(KJV)

I can't count how many times my children and I have seen something on a commercial, a billboard, the news, at a doctor's office, etc that made us cringe. Our children already have to deal with so much sin in this world, there's no reason at all to purposefully expose them to it. We have the responsibility and opportunity to be our children's protector. Here are a few practical things you can do to help your family in this area.

1. Get a TV Guardian. We invested in a DVD/VHS combo machine, built by Sanyo, that has a built in TV Guardian. This blocks the language in a movie, but our machine doesn't work on regular television. However, we don't allow our family to watch things on televisions that isn't already edited for content. There are several types of guardian products available today. Find one that suits your needs and make that investment.

TV Guardian
Family Safe Media
Amazon TV Guardian Results

2. Bring games and books in the car with you. Make sure the children are busy putting their eyes on something other than the billboards and bumper stickers along the roadside.

3. Put a parental block on the TV. Most cable companies offer you a password to even get on the TV as well as on certain channels. USE this option!

4. Preview films before your children get to see them. You can even read the reviews on PluggedInOnline before you see any film.

5. If you frequent the theater, do not allow them to see the previews and keep their eyes away from the posters inside.

Here are some spirit filled things you can do as well:

1. Memorize scriptures that help protect their minds.

2. Pray for God to put a hedge of protection around their minds and before their eyes, DAILY!

3. Teach your children. Teach them what the Bible says about sin and how to avoid it.

4. Go to Sunday School. Having a teacher that stands up to teach the Word of God reinforces what the parent teaches at home. They realize that your family is not the only one who guards themselves from the world. Know their Sunday School teachers and have them over to your home. Make sure they know where you stand.

5. Avoid wrong influences. Even if it is a family member or church member. If you have a friend of the family that allows ungoldy TV viewing or films, avoid going to their homes.

When we take that verse, Phil 4:8, we assign each child to list three things for each item God listed. Each child must list three things that are; true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. You can also assign them a time to get out their concordance and search for verses containing those words. I recommend a King James Bible (1611) and a Strong's Concordance.

Here's your part:
Look up the word 'pure or purity' in your concordance and find three verses that you think would help you to Think No Evil. Share your discoveries with us!

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{ Californialily } at: June 20, 2008 at 11:22 AM said...

These are great ideas to use!! I hate how inappropriate things seem to pop up everywhere! We have to work harder to protect our children from these wicked things.

{ Martha } at: June 20, 2008 at 12:13 PM said...

I truly enjoyed this post and I definitely need to look into buying a TV Guardian!

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