What can be done about immoral and violent television programs?


It seems that immoral and violent television programs are increasing in number. A person once commented about a book he regretted reading: “It was like a sewer gurgling and spilling over its filth into my mind for months and even years afterward.” That is just how media and entertainment programs can affect our minds—and especially the minds of children.

We would suggest that you write the television stations and the Federal Communications Commission and tell them that you disapprove of the content of some of the programs and their demoralizing influence. You can also talk with your pastor or contact your church denominational headquarters for other suggestions.

One of the most effective things that can be done to eliminate such programs is to write the sponsors. In the United States, you can receive more information on fighting pornography and violence in the media from the American Family Association, P. O. Box 2440, Tupelo, Mississippi 38803; telephone (662) 844-5036.

Pray for the leaders of the media industry and for the Christians who work in that profession. And most importantly, be careful and responsible with your own television viewing habits. What we allow to be put before our eyes and into our ears does affect our mind and spirit. Many times, it is best to turn the TV off and choose a more productive way to spend your time.

As Christians we have the responsibility to allow the Holy Spirit to so rule our lives that God may be glorified by our actions. The follower of Christ is admonished to live by 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”