“The Effects of TV”
By Carl Nunnery
Farmington Correctional Facility, Farmington, MO
Have you ever thought of the single thing that is used most to induce bad habits or to corrupt moral standards? I’m talking about TV. Back in the day, TV was a good instrument used to educate and inform us of news, sports and weather. TV has also shown us a variety of wholesome movies and humorous comedies. It used to be very enjoyable for all ages. The actors and actresses dressed appropriately, there was good use of language, it wasn’t suggestive of sex, the main theme was not death and killing, and it was family-oriented.
As the years passed, it became bolder, crude, lustful, enticing and lewd. The programs became progressively acceptable for viewing. As we look back over the years, we can see the change in programs that has taken place. For example, Touched by an Angel (past), Naked and Afraid (present); The Waltons (past) and Amber Rose Show (present); Highway to Heaven (past) and Skin Wars (present); Little House on the Prairie (past) and Sex Please (present), 7th Heaven (past) and Dating Naked (present). We went from no nudity to now being viewed in just about all TV movies. It went from wholesome to whoredom. We see vulgar language, nudity, murder, rape, sex scenes, violence and hate.
Crime statistics have elevated over the years, with TV’s contribution. Robbery, theft, murder, rape, hate crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes, divorce rate, men and women in prison and death rate for crimes are all up.
We must be aware of the fact that what is shown on TV has far reaching implications. It reaches the young eyes of our children and plants an evil seed in their minds. The Bible tells us in Prov. 22:6 to train a child in the way he should go.” Following God’s word in training our children includes not only what they do or how they do it, but what they see as well.
While we train our children, some of the material shown on TV can destroy the work you have done in raising them. It confuses them in how they perceive what they see on TV as good, enticing or proper. Have you heard the saying “children repeat what they hear”? The same is true with “a child does what they see.”
People must realize the power of TV and the power it has to influence not only young minds but the adult mind as well. The producers, writers and creators put forth only that which will be appealing. So what “sells” on TV today? Sex, murder and drugs. Sad isn’t it?
Now let’s turn our attention to even the TV commercials. Let’s look at all the fast food commercials that show a female wearing skimpy clothes or even a bikini eating a burger. How they lick their lips. I ask you, does that have anything to do with the way that burger tastes? Of course not. They want you to look at the girl, wanting her or desiring her, to get you to buy the burger.
In reality, it is causing you to sin in lust. This same use of advertisement is used in nearly all the commercials today — fast food, cars, vacation spots, pets, clothes, weight loss, exercise, sports, alcohol sales, bed and furniture sales, dating online ads, shoes, Viagra commercials. The list goes on to include nearly every commercial on TV today. My question is, why do TV commercials feel the need to show male and female bodies that are borderline nude? Appearing in little clothing, skimpy clothing or acting seductive to sell their products?
Where are our minds at? My friends, in early TV it was considered lewd or unacceptable to even show the belly of a female or for a female to wear a dress above her knees. So what’s happened? Little by little, TV has ventured more toward nudity or lewdness to sell their products or programming.
Mathew 5:29 says, “if the eye offends thee, pluck it out and cast it away from thee.” No, that’s not saying if your eye sees a sinful thing for you to pluck your eye out, but rather showing you how you view things or accept them, knowing it is a sin against God and it is not permitted in His kingdom. God says it is better to enter into His kingdom with no eye than to let it cause you to sin. So what does that say? Plain and simple, just because they show it does not mean we have to watch it. It is your choice in your home what you choose to watch or allow your family to watch. It is no different from other sins of the Bible if you choose to view pornography, judge people, hate, curse, fornicate, take God’s name in vain, commit murder, lie, covet or false worship. If you had a pornographic magazine, would you have to look at it? Of course not. It would be your choice. The same is true in TV You don’t have to view it. Let’s face it, we all know right from wrong, good from bad. We know what is acceptable in the sight of God.
Think about this. If in the things you see or do, would you do them if Jesus was standing next to you? While you may not see Him there next to you, He is.
I’m not saying to turn off your TV and not watch it, but be careful to check the contents for nudity, language, sexual content and violence. We have to be smart in the things we see and do. Life is full of dangers. Some are seen and some are hidden. We have to be on our guard and be wise in our decisions. Your eyes are for seeing, your head is for thinking and your heart is for the truth. Don’t be deceived or misled by TV.