GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT

These television shows now a days can really get you HOOKED. Some of the story lines on these shows are written so beautifully they leave the viewer wanting more and more and more. And it certainly doesn’t help having streaming services like Hulu and Netflix where you can watch hours and hours and season after season of your favorite shows. One minute it’s morning and you plan to watch an episode or two and next thing you know you’ve watched 2 seasons and the whole day is gone. Guilty-as-charged. But o’ do we need to be mindful of what we allow ourselves to “meditate” on. The Bible warns us of this in Peter.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

We can’t be so ignorant to think the enemy won’t use television to seep ungodly values in our hearts. (Matthew 15:18) Some episodes of shows I have to completely shut-off, and others I’ve decided I can no longer watch altogether. It’s not always the easiest choice to make either, especially when it’s a show I REALLY like. But at the end of the day I aim to please God, not my flesh. If garbage goes in, garbage will come out. So I have to be mindful of what I allow my eyes to see and my ears to hear. If my desire is to be effectively used by God that’s pretty much impossible if all I’m filling the tank up with is stuff contrary to His Word.

So loved ones let’s be mindful of what we watch, listen to, and even read. If it doesn’t line up with the Word we need to find something that does.

Blessings!

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Christina

Christina is a wife and mother to three beautiful children. She holds a degree in culinary arts and is currently enrolled in Bible college to become that much more effective for the Kingdom. Her passions include working with teens, cooking, and all things avocado. She and her family currently reside in the country of Japan.

13 Comments
  1. So good! I noticed myself making excuses for things I knew I didn’t stand for. “It’s just a show.” Oh man! That’s a dangerous road to head down. I noticed that not only was Netflix stealing some of my morality, it was stealing WAY TOO MUCH of my time! Thank you for getting to the point! Well put and convicting!

  2. Yes, this is so true. Watching things that might cause us to question is a sign it’s not good for us. Slowly we might find ourselves accepting things we hadn’t before. The devil likes to work slowly and inconspicuously.

  3. Yes! I agree … we are attempting to have a “screen free” February. Because it is the shortest month, I thought we could try it out. So many shows that even my young kids watch are not good (and they are for pre-schoolers)!!!!

  4. Garbage in, garbage out, I always say. I don’t understand how companies buy millions of dollars in ads because they influence how we buy, and yet many claim that they can watch tv and it does not affect them in any way. How does that work?

  5. Very true! I just finished watching an episode of The Crown, and was shocked to find nudity and sex in the episode (season 2 and this is the first one like that). I found myself thinking about how careful we need to be with what we watch – even things that seem harmless at first glance.

    1. We just watched that episode too Emily and I was disappointed. My husband and I had actually even said how happy we were that the series didn’t have any overtly sexual scenes or nudity and then we got to that one.

  6. Love this reminder. As my hubby has been away my kids have had more TV time than usual. However, instead of non stop cartoons they have got into these cooking shows so atleast not as bad as it could be. Yet, I do need to refocus and go back to not allowing as much screen time. Thank you for your post.

  7. Yes, especially when little ones are around. I feel like it is easier to have the television off and to not have the electronic games because it require me to “hover” and keep my ears and eyes open and I don’t always have time to do that. I am thankful that my adult daughter that lives in our home does some of that for me and often catches things that I do not!

  8. I also love the quote Donna mentioned! It’s hard to minister to others when our hearts aren’t filled with Him. Thank you for bringing this to our attention in a TV-heavy culture!

  9. So true! What we take in through our ear and eye gates really matters! I like how you wrote: “If my desire is to be effectively used by God that’s pretty much impossible if all I’m filling the tank up with is stuff contrary to His Word.” .❤

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