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I’m talking here about the kinds of entertainment, mass media, and even recreation that are not allowed in our home. In our desire to live in holiness – preserving purity of mind, heart, speech, deeds, and body – the following things do not have a place in our home and in our lives.
What we eat goes to our stomach and is later purged by our body. But what we see, hear, and do to entertain ourselves go to our hearts and minds and affect the way we think, feel, speak, and act.
I know that the things I present here would differ with those of other families. My goal here is to share what our family strives to practice, in humble obedience to the will of God. It is my prayer that this will help your families.
Kinds of Entertainment that Are Banned in Our Home
Movies and TV programs
– that promote violence, rebellion, witchcraft, sexuality, and sensuality, and which are strewn with foul language. Examples are titillating dramas and riotous variety shows. Even most kids’ movies and cartoons are classified in this category.
Our family doesn’t go to the movies. We usually buy DVDs and watch at home – the ones that are suited for the whole family and promote Christian values.
– we only have praise and worship music, nursery and children’s songs in our home. Whenever our kids have their birthday parties, we use our fast praise CDs for dance contests and games; two of the favorites are Hillsong and Sandi Patty’s version of Blessed Be Your Name/You Are Good medley (Falling Forward album).
Books and magazines
– as with the movies and TV programs, the same criteria are applied here. Examples are magazines that promote flirtatiousness, covetousness, lusts, and other worldly ideas. I personally choose the books we buy for our kids, and I focus on the ones that teach values development and character building.
Computer games and other game gadgets
– these are out. I can’t see any benefit in being engaged in them. We encourage our children in crafts, arts, music, reading, writing, cooking, safe sports such as biking, badminton, playing ball, or just playing in the yard with friends and enjoying themselves.
For our ten-year-old Hannah, she’s only aloud to use the computer for research work during school days, and 30-minute use every Saturday to write on her online journal. I allowed her this to encourage her to hone her writing, and she’s really excited about it.
– that are erotic (God forbid!), and those that are hip-hop moves and go with rap music that usually has foul language. We only allow our daughter to dance modern with simple, girly moves when required in school, as long as the music is not immoral and she’s allowed to wear skirt (usually with leggings underneath). Our Church only upholds modest, interpretative dances using praise songs in worship services during special occasions. (But a worshiper is free to dance and jump and leap and whirl in fast praise, like King David did. We call it “bubbling” in joy!).
– or any other game that promotes gambling. Our family usually plays Scrabble.
Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Cor. 6: 17)
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Pet. 2: 9)
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