Beware of desensitization

The saying is, if you say it long enough and loud enough, it becomes true.This applies to anything and everything from commercials, to doctrine, to politics, and to the media.

Suzanne Somers appeared on the match game 77 show and she said their cast was not allowed to use the word toilet. There was a time that a brassiere was not to be worn on television. In fact cursing has been traditionally viewed as unacceptable. Yet, recently a judge ruled that a child may curse in class as a form of his First Amendment rights of speech.

How far will the Christian allow this process to go on? Parents sometimes even need to critique the cartoon shows that their young children watch for fear one of the characters may provide a poor example to the child.

Perhaps this is one reason the government declared that cigarette commercials could not be shown on TV any longer. To see a hero advertise supposedly good qualities of smoking and that could escalate the number of people who decide to smoke.

This is not to say that Christians should censor other people. It does say that Christians should take a stand for what is right for them according to the Bible. In the Old Testament, Joshua said, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. In the New Testament believers admonished to come out from among them, meaning not to align oneself with the ways of the world.

It is so easy to accept on television or in print what repeatedly comes into one’s view and conclude that there really is nothing so bad as that, whatever that is.

Are the commercials really telling the truth about their products or services? Who would verify truthfulness for themselves without first being cautious?

Who would sit at his desk during work hours and decide that he wants to go home and have his teenage son see pictures that were once considered lewd? Do we really want so much of the world to come into our lives and the lives of our family for the sake of entertainment? Do we really want to allow ourselves to be desensitized by all that is presented around us over and over?

Imagine Jesus was in your home and you told him about your experiences of the day, what you plan to read, what you are told is good, and what you plan to watch that evening. Would he join in with you? Think twice to see and what you hear. There was a little child’s song that says be careful little eyes would you see, be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little feet where you go, for the Lord is watching up above. He is watching what is good for us.

Beware of desensitization! Make wise decisions for the consequences. Be healthy in mind and spirit.

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