This post is from our "Parents After God's Own Heart" Facebook page:
Parents After God's Own Heart, are you concerned with what you allow into your hearts and in your children's hearts? The world we live in bombards us with negativity, immorality, and sin, but we can control a lot of that if we make wise choices about things we allow in our lives.
In the entertainment world, we have a choice. We can say yes to the world and the things in and of the world, or we can say no. We can watch, see, read, listen to filth or we can choose not to do so.
There's a movie coming out that we, personally, have no knowledge about, but because of some memes going around FB, we asked about it. The movie is "Straight Outta Compton". A friend of ours, who also is a youth minister and striving to direct the minds and hearts of kids along with parents, posted this about the movie: "Straight Outta Compton: 300 F bombs, 170 S words, and 50 N words (via Plugged In online, not from my own experience)." One of his family members even made the truthful comment: Straight Outta Potty Mouth"! Sad, but true.
When you see everything that movie has in it from the pluggin.com website, how does that make you feel about the movie? If you had seen it, would you have sat there counting each of them? No. Would you have even noticed that many? Chances are, no....unless you're not used to watching movies like that and then they would smack you in the face. But, if you weren't used to watching movies with that type of language, maybe...hopefully....you would have checked it out in advance on sites like Plugged In.
Take the time to find out what your kids are watching. Their minds are being filled with all kinds of things. It needs to be filled with good things, not filth. But as in all things, you have to be the example for them. You have to make wise choices, as well.
Why would you deliberately choose to allow your own mind and your children's minds to be filled with filth? Not just this movie, but in all things? Some things you just hear. You can't totally get away from the world unless you live in seclusion and hibernation. Your kids are hearing it at school, anyway. BUT, where you CAN prevent it, please do. Only YOU can make a difference for you and your family. Make the choice to say no to the world. Make the choice to raise your children differently than what the world says is okay. Raise your children according to God's Word.
A common question went around many years ago, "What Would Jesus Do?" An even better question is, "What DID Jesus do?" We know what He did by reading the Bible. Would Jesus listen to, watch, see, read, hear what you are watching, seeing, listening to and doing? He may have been around things, but it wasn't for His pleasure. It was to serve and to do good and to love others. It wasn't to fill His mind with filth. Let's imitate Him.
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