The Things that are Banned in Our Home {and GIVEAWAYS!}

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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.

  • Music

– 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.

  • Dance moves

– 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!).

  • Card games

– 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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21 comments on “The Things that are Banned in Our Home {and GIVEAWAYS!}

  1. Crystal says:

    I understand and have to agree with most of this post except the card games. Do you mean cards games that are played in casino’s or all card games? There are some great cards games that are just plain fun such as Dutch Blitz, Phase 10. They are fun and get the whole family involved.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Crystal! Thank you for your comment. Yes, I mean cards games that are for gambling. I don’t know the card games you mentioned here, but we would like to add Pictionary to our Scrabble (it hasn’t been available here in the Phils.) :-).

  2. Sandy says:

    Are all hip hop moves banned? What about when it comes to Christian rap? How is this Scriptural…just curious?

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, there are now Christian praise songs that are in the form of rap, one example is a song of Alvin Slaughter in his “Christ on the Inside” album which we have in our home. And I believe that’s fine, as long as it honors and praises God. What I’m talking about in my article are hip-hop dance moves that may not be pleasing in the sight of the holy God, and that go with rap songs with lyrics that contain foul language.
      These are the things that we practice in our own home, as taught by our Christian Apostolic Church and as guided by the Holy Spirit. It would vary from person to person, family to family, depending on their own convictions.

  3. Lory says:

    Praise the Lord po!!!

    God is Good all the time ♥ Ate, Thanks for sharing it po. In our church we are taught to hate vanity. I’m grateful to be part of Jesus Miracle Crusade.

    ~~DISCO- Dancing in Satan company.

    God bless you po.

  4. Margaret says:

    Many thanks for your emails they are really encouraging to read and to understand more of God’s love and Grace that he out pours in our lives.

  5. Kristi says:

    Wow — those are some pretty tight controls. Do you worry that maybe once your children get their first taste of freedom at 18 they might go overboard the other direction? Just curious.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Temptations abound in the world, that’s why we pray fervently and unceasingly that all our days, all our steps, all our life, will be guided closely by the Holy Spirit, and that we do not neglect to put on the whole armor of God, whenever, wherever.

  6. Stephani says:

    I agree with this so much! We don’t even have television in our home. When the country made the switch to digital television we didn’t make the switch so we have a TV set that won’t tune in any shows! There are very few shows worthy of being engaged by the mind of a believer. We can use the TV set for DVDs if we want, but rarely do that. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Christine says:

    I’ve read your post with interest. While my husband is a Christian, he is also an Army Soldier who loves his video games and violent movies. What thoughts do you have for a Christian mother whose Head of Family (husband) does not see anything wrong with most of the things you’ve listed?

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Christine. I tried to imagine I was in your place, but I couldn’t picture the scenario. In our Church, an Apostolic Christian Church, when a person has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, he/she is guided by the Holy Spirit to live a holy life. The power of God is truly manifested in his/her life. He/she grows in the Word and bears the fruit of the Holy Spirit. I haven’t known a Christian couple or family in our Church who serve the Lord faithfully yet have a different lifestyle at home. The failures that do happen, however, are either a Christian has backslidden or a spouse has not received the Lord yet. In both cases, the husband or wife that continues to serve the Lord fervently should pray agonzingly and unceasingly for his/her spouse.

      I’ve heard many testimonies of couples and families that came to serve the Lord together, because of continuing prayers and often with fasting.

      For me and my husband, we gently remind each other when one is being weak in obedience to the Lord, like when one neglects to praise, pray, read the Word, or stays infront of the TV for a long time. (My husband only watches the news but sometimes he’s tempted to have a glimpse of some worldly dramas, and I would remind him then). We know of the unfailing love and enduring mercies of God, but we also must learn to fear the Lord. (Deut. 10: 12)

      I hope I had been of help. May the Lord through the Holy Spirit enlighten your husband’s heart and mind to learn that it would be much more profitable and fulfilling to spend quiet times reading and meditating on the Word. Thank you and may God bless you more and more!

  8. Ruth says:

    I just found your blog by way of Ann. I agree with your stand. Continue in your strong walk for the Lord. He is worth it! Seeking Him, praying in the Spirit, and fasting. May God bless you today!
    Ruth

  9. Hello. I’m a new reader to your blog. I find it interesting that so many people do not put more credence into the food we put into our bodies.
    “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
    It is our responsibility to care for these temples just the same as what we allow our eyes to see and our ears to hear and our mouths to speak.
    People are always surprised when I tell them we don’t have any type of TV service; no, not even netflix. LOL It doesn’t increase intelligence, but does the opposite.
    We do listen to classical music though. I didn’t see that on your list.
    Thank you for sharing. I do not know how you find the time.

  10. Kelee says:

    Hi Rina:

    Thanks for your post! I don’t watch violence in any form. It is so toxic to the spirit!

    HSS!

    love, kelee

  11. Ginger says:

    I’m sure this is not a easy task, but I do think it wonderful that your doing this.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

  12. Charlotte says:

    Sounds like a good plan to me. It did remind me of my teenage years (a hundred years ago). A friend of mine was forbidden by her parents to go to dances. So, she sneaked around and went anyway. Sometimes it’s hard to know the right approach. My parents always let me decide what I wanted to be involved in. I never wanted to do anything I thought was unpleasing to either my parents or to God.
    Thank you for sharing again.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  13. Sis Fe says:

    You are one of a kind Sis Rina, I admire you.
    I only listen to Christian music. I enjoy watching documentary depending on the topic, my favorite is about nature. Movies – no thanks. DVDs – very rarely, the last one ages ago was cartoon. Dance and card games – not in my vocabulary. Computer games – memory enhancement like Lumosity.

    God Bless.

  14. Monica Kristy Agsoy says:

    Thank you for sharing this article Ms. Rina…I agree with you, you are all right, in this moment, there are a lot of temptations that drag our hearts from Christ. Those things may pollute our hearts causing us to do sins and will mislead us to the right ways….ME being a human often times being tempted by earthly things in this world, but will always pray to God that He will guide me to the right direction, that I will live in real happiness and peace..Thank you and God Bless.

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