I attended Walla Walla College in the 50's. I know, I know, the name has been changed; so that makes a difference? Anyway, while majoring in Biology I was able to go through the entire insect collection and focused on the dragonflies; right down to genus and species; identified them all. But there is a new species of dragons that flies straight into the living rooms of the saints. Its sting poisons the minds and characters of its victims. Scientifically speaking, the genus is Televisioni and the species is violencius.
Every Christian knows...or should know...that watching violence portrayed in movies or on television is poisonous to the mind and thus the character. (Right about here some are losing interest in further reading...just so they won't know...and won't feel guilty). For those still on board with my train of thought...keep a log of regular programming that you and/or the family watches each week, and make a simple entry; Yes, or No, for violent content. Guys (and some women) think it OK to watch sporting events where the meanest team wins...take hockey, for example. It's supposed to be a bonding thing to eat potato chips, hoot and bellow at the TV when "our team" scores a point. Put Christ on the couch between us and our buddies and watch the mood change. Why is that?
Here is the abrasive part; keeping a log includes ALL television including dramatized depictions of real or fictional violence, reported violence, sports-related violence (fights, brawls, etc.) and cartoon violence. There is a very good question in the Bible that one should repeat to themselves (and answer) every time we pick up the remote: "What fellowship hath light with darkness?" [2nd Corinthians 6:14]. When the answer comes...and it will...and we obey, we will have done well. If not...
In these last days of earth's history, with what food shall we feed our minds and spirits? What will build us up in Christ? What things will dull (or kill) our appetite for the Word of God?
Ask the Holy Spirit to give wisdom and discernment in all matters and in all areas of life. It is, we know, truly a matter of eternal life or eternal death.
Think and act on these things. e.c.