Sunday, September 13, 2009

Oh be careful little eyes what you see

I homeschool because I believe it is what God would have me do. I believe it deep in my soul; I can feel it in my heart. I look at the world around me and I know that I don't want my children to grow up and think that this is right and good. Our world is falling apart. There is little of value in it anymore.
I used to love to watch tv. I even got TV Guide in the mail. I had a subscription to People magazine. I stayed on top of the entertainment industry. But now my eyes are wide open, the veil has been lifted and I see it all for what it is: Satan's way to keep us from God.
Take a look at the top 10 tv shows right now:
  1. American Idol- a show about singing. Just that seems fine, but when you watch it, you will find rude and mean-spirited judges, sexual innuendo that should make everyone blush, and an emphasis placed on fame as the be-all-end-all of life.
  2. American Idol- it's on twice a week, and both times make the top 10! While this show isn't as bad as many, I still think it places value on the world and not on God.
  3. Football- okay, not a big deal. But don't look too far under the surface; do not allow your children to use the players as role models.
  4. Desperate Housewives- ugh. I've never seen the show, so I don't know that this statement is completely accurate, but I don't think there is anything of real value on this show.

Okay, I can't take any more. I just don't think tv is good for much these days. And for the record, the rest of the top 10 list is: Grey's Anatomy, Two and a Half Men, House, Dancing with the Stars, CSI, The OT.

I am just amazed that this stuff really makes it on to tv. There is nothing there. I find most of it morally bankrupt. I do not want my children to think it's okay to watch things of this nature. I find much of what there is to watch totally inappropriate for my children, for any children at all. And much of it is geared directly to children. I just keep going back to that old children's song, "Oh be careful little eyes what you see (ears what you hear), oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down with love, oh be careful little eyes what you see."

I picked up a movie one day for the boys to watch. We were going to be traveling to visit family and in the car for two days. I was hoping to keep them entertained with some new movies. So one I picked up was Happy Feet. All I can say is I am glad I decided to watch it before I let them watch it. The sexual innuendo is astounding. I could barely watch it and I was amazed that this is a movie marketed to kids. And I know that many people have no issue with it.

It is my job to keep my children focusing on God. If I allow them to watch much of the mainstream tv programs and movies, I am essentially telling them it's okay to behave that way. And as I grow closer to God, I am realizing that I am getting further and further away from the world. I do not find much of what there is out there appropriate. For me. For my children. For anyone.

And in public school, most kids have seen all of the top 10 tv shows I listed. They have seen many of the shows on tv that Hub and I do not allow our children to watch. They behave in ways we would never let our children behave. I just can't imagine letting my children believe it was okay.

Yes, I know this post was all over the place. I needed to write and this is where it went. Typically I do this. And even if it isn't understandable to others, it helps me.

*Okay, I found this blog after I finished this post. This is what I wanted to say. The blogger even used the same children's song I did. I wish I could get my thoughts out as well as she did, but I do intend to keep trying.*


Michelle said...

Mae - keep it up, Mama! You are doing great to guard their little eyes, and you are right...much of our culture is morally bankrupt! They need the Gospel!

Check out, you can review movies there before you watch them. Very good site.

roadrunner201 said...

I Agree completely. There is a LOT of junk on t.v. We basically only watch PBS and the news and I am currently investigating ways to get those things wile getting rid of the rest.

I also wanted to thank you for your post on BlogFrog about Halloween. While I don't agree, I think you presented your differing opinion very tactfully and respectfully. That is not always the case with people over there.

God bless you and your family.

Erica said...

Hi Mae :) Great post!

I agree with you and think TV has turned to garbage.

Even football has gotten bad to watch! My husband is a football fanatic (to put it lightly!) and the pre-game opening segment had a woman singing, which isn't bad, but her outfit was not appropriate for any child or teenager to see. I was so disgusted with the TV network. Even the commercials are awful.

I think I am in need of a good media cleansing!

PS - I loved your response in the Halloween thread an MckMama's BF.

Erica said...

Whoops - I forgot to add that the Football game I was talking about was the NFL season-opener this year.

Michelle said...

Mae, we are starting an online Bible study and would love for you to join us! Can you email me with your email address so I can invite you?