But do we understand the damage of other evil influences in our lives?
Secular authorities say:
- "What we see has a profound effect on what we do, how we feel, and who we are." source: Graphics Experts
- "Early research on the effects of viewing violence on television — especially among children — found a desensitizing effect and the potential for aggression.” source: American Psychological Association
- "There is now consensus that exposure to media violence is linked to actual violent behavior - a link found by many scholars to be on par with the correlation of exposure to secondhand smoke and the risk of lung cancer." source: NYTimes
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret." Ephesians 5:11-12 source: God
How do the following passages guide us?
Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Mark 7:21-23: For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.
Ephesians 5:8-16: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Please work through the study before reading these insights
We fallen human beings try very hard to convince ourselves that we aren't influenced by negative themes. But we don't realize that the results are often subtle and slow-growing. Television, books, movies and music definitely change our values.
One reason younger generations of Christians are accepting sinful behavior is because they are more familiar with the words of our culture than the Words of Scripture.
Ephesians 5: 12 says, "It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret." It is also shameful to be entertained by it. For more insights, read:
Soft Core Christians
The Only Opinion
Sex, Truth, Love
These 1-minute devotions highlight immoral sexual themes, but the same principles apply to violence and dark themes.
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