Discerning Entertainment Choices

I believe in these last days that we are in a battle for the spiritual lives of our children. The world is throwing so called entertainment at us from every direction. Modern technology makes it so easy for the entertainment to follow our children wherever they go via ipods, portable and auto DVD players and computers in every room. We need to stand guard at the doors and windows of our homes.Hollywood ratings are not good enough; it is not Hollywood's job to raise our kids.God has given parents an awesome responsibility. Just as we train our children to eat healthy food and avoid too much sugar, we need to train their appetites to desire the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report (Philippians 4:8). So much precious time can be wasted on entertainment and it would be best to limit it as much as possible in order to redeem the time for the day is at hand.If we surround our children and fill our homes with praise and worship of our heavenly Father, if we spend time in prayer and time in the Word with them, and if our words and actions are consistent with Christ's teachings, they will develop an appetite for spiritual things. If they spend a lot of time soaking in worldly entertainment they will develop attitudes and beliefs that are worldly and appetites for more of the same. These ideas will subtly seep in to their thinking and eventually threaten to take over their lives.

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

Let us make our home a place that honors God. Let us not sacrifice our children on the altar of worldly entertainment. Teach them discernment. There are websites available that I have found helpful to narrow the search for better choices in entertainment.
The following are a few websites that have been helpful to me:

www.family.org This one has articles on parenting, relationships and marriage, Life challenges and more. It has a section for teens and links to other helpful sites.

www.pluggedinonline.com This one gives reviews on current movies, television, music, and video/DVD's from a christian point of view.

www.whitsend.org This one has audio dramas that bring moral and Biblical principles to life. It is geared toward eight to twelve year olds but I know older children who still enjoy listening.

www.familytv.com This site offers family movies for sale.Their stated purpose is strengthening traditional values through entertainment.Their movies come with questions to facilitate discussions on the values they teach.

www.dove.org This one also might be worth checking out. It awards movies based on their Judeo/Christian values and family friendliness.

Beth Ferreira, Springfield, VT

The Advocate Committee encourages caution in the use of any internet resource. Parents who have had their senses exercised to discern between good and evil may, by sifting carefully, be able to find helpful tools that can be applied to their own parenting needs and styles. (Editor)