Marriage and Family
“And know this day that I am not speaking with your sons who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of the LORD your God—His greatness, His mighty hand, and His outstretched arm…You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul…” Deuteronomy 11:2 & 18a
I have spent time with hundreds of youth in the last few years. It has been fun, exciting, and challenging! There has been lots of laughter, plenty of serious moments, and a few tears. When you surround yourself with youth, you never know what you are going to hear.
Several years ago, I was having a conversation with a high school guy about movies. He was telling me about a movie he wanted to see and wanted to know if I had seen it. I told him that I hadn’t seen it, nor had I checked the two places online about the content in the movie. I told him that I don’t watch movies that have sex or nudity in them…to which he replied, “I’ll check it out (watch it), Randy, and let you know if you can watch it.”
He was totally serious. He obviously heard me that I don’t watch movies with that content in it. He didn’t understand that one of the reasons that I don’t watch those movies is because I want to be an example for my family and my brothers and sisters in Christ.
When did it become okay to watch or do things that are displeasing to God?
I share the passage of scripture above because I love the fact that God plainly told the parents that He was speaking to them. The parents were being held accountable to knowing God, obeying Him, and teaching their children about Him. A parent that does things that are displeasing to God teaches their children that it’s okay to displease God.
My encouragement for us this week: Take the self-assessment below and recommit yourself and family to the Lord.
Media & Movies Self-Assessment
- Do I consider the content in a movie, TV show, YouTube, etc., before I watch it?
- If no, why not?
- Do I realize that what goes into my eyes and ears makes a difference to God?
- What example am I setting for my children in media and movies?
- Would God want me to make any adjustments in this area?