The Reality Test
Even in comedy, unrealistic plots and stereotyped characters often indicate a warped moral perspective. Programs that do not depict the painful consequences of wrong actions distort reality. Just as we should not spend our lives aimlessly associating with evil people and fools as it says in 1 Corinthians 15:33, we also should not invest valuable time watching immoral and frivolous television programming.
"Do not be deceived, bad company ruins good morals" (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Every family member should learn to be a critical viewer, ready to switch off junk productions that are done in poor taste. We all should be willing to explain our viewing choices to other family members.
The Morality Test
We live in a fallen world. Consequently, all good art acknowledges the reality of evil. Art that ignores evil has no depth. The greatest writers and playwrights of the ages—people like Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Goethe, Eliot, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Melville—have always grappled with evil.
If we regularly test our TV viewing by these three standards, Reality, Value, and Morality, we will probably find that it will be greatly reduced—or even eliminated altogether. Your family’s use of the media says a lot to your family and friends about its values, priorities, goals, and dreams.
How do you set TV viewing standards for your family?
Some contents of this post taken from Setting TV Viewing Standards by Radio Bible Class Ministries.
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