We have a song that is often sung in our children’s classes: “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.” The song continues and speaks about being careful about what we hear, say, do, and where we go. No only little eyes, but big eyes ought to abstain from the “lust of the eyes” (1 John 2:15-17). Several years ago, a study found that teens that watched and listened to sex and sexual situations on television were TWICE as likely to have sex within the next year as teens not so exposed. In other words, one out of every two teens who watch such on television will end up behaving that way.
Remember the Bible’s warning: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). We are what we think; if we allow evil things to permeate our thoughts, then our ways will be evil as well. Jesus said, “But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings: these are the things which defile the man…” (Matthew 15:18-20).
Now, if television can have such a significant effect on the lives of teens when it comes to sex, what about other matters? What about drinking ? Smoking?Cursing?Taking God’s name in vain? Lying?Cheating? What are the numbers on these other areas of morality that don’t require a physical encounter with another person, but simply a thought, word, or careless action? My guess would be that the percentage is a lot higher.Awake to righteousness! (1 Corinthians 15:34). God bless you and I love you.