Look at this photo. What do you see? A family, together, enjoying a television program. Now, of course, I can’t tell you what they’re watching, if it’s wholesome or not, but the point is that it suggests they’re watching something appropriate for all ages. I also can’t tell you what these parents allow their children to watch, what their beliefs are, or what their typical do’s and don’ts are. But just look at it. Isn’t it lovely? Don’t you wish that for your family…everyone sitting around, enjoying the same program with no worries about what might slip out of someone’s mouth, or who will do what when you aren’t expecting it?
Well, why in the world can’t we do that now?
We can? Really? Oh, that’s a relief!
Old shows? Yeah, but what about modern shows? I shouldn’t have to just watch oldies!
No, we can’t. That’s the problem, there’s a problem with most of them.
What do you mean, there is not? Are you kidding me?
Sure, there are a lot of really good shows, or there would be…if they didn’t ruin them.
This has been my typical side of a conversation regarding the issues of today’s television shows and movies.
I will admit, that though I’m a Christian, I’ve been pretty casual about the things I watch. Sure, I’ve taken issue when something was horrendously bad, especially when my kids were younger, but usually I just ignored it. Lately, however, I have just gotten so sick and tired of it all that I can’t stand to watch it anymore.
I have what I would call, #EntertainmentExhaustion. I would define this as being in a state of unrest, or fatigue, having to do with the constant barrage of trash being dumped upon my intellect. Or sin overload, if you want it short and sweet.
Between the language, sexual acts and the suggestive content, it is nearly impossible to find entertainment that we can enjoy as a family anymore.
When did it become so important to get ratings and make millions, that our entertainment had to become tainted with all kinds of sin. I realize some of you are rolling your eyes at calling it sin. Well, know this…it is! And whether we like it or not, watching it condones it.
This isn’t the first time this has ever been brought up. It’s why our shows have ratings, after all. I’m glad for that. It doesn’t seem to be enough, though, does it? Evening sitcoms, I used to think funny, are full of all kinds of inappropriate comments and acts. Why, I wonder, can’t they make comedies that are clean? It’s not that hard. I’ve watched shows that would be just as funny and popular, and would keep their high ratings even if they took out that one thing they just had to put in. That willingness to not care about their audience… who may be watching and listening, is the one thing that will make me never watch it again. Once they show they’re willing to demean us once, they’ll certainly be willing to do so again.
Recently, I went through the shows I had set to record and deleted most of them ( I had a couple clean ones!). I’m still finding, as I turn something on I like, that I cannot watch it anymore because of its content. I’ve weeded out a lot, and that breaks my heart. But I’ve learned that, though I may want to sit around enjoying a good show, God has to come first.
I’ve said before in other posts, I’m not perfect. Far from it! But I would have stood a better chance of having a clean conscience if the people who set out to entertain me, had had a care at all about what they were putting out there.
That may have sounded like I was boohooing entertainment when it should be up to me what I see. Yes, that’s partly true. But, is it completely? I would have to go completely without television, the internet, radio, movies, and everything else in life to not see and hear what’s going on. Even commercials show the sin in a show they’re advertising for. So, even though I wouldn’t watch the show/movie, I still end up seeing the sin. And let’s not forget to mention all the children who end up seeing it, too.
What is the point of rating shows if you’re going to show sin in the commercials?
I am thankful for the TV stations and movie companies that care about the people watching their entertainment and want to make sure future generations have something clean to watch.
What do you think about today’s entertainment?