The task of keeping your mind clean in a world where you are constantly barraged with worldly images can feel next to impossible.
Since I work from home, I have a lot of time in a very quiet house. To combat the sometimes overwhelming silence, I turn on Netflix… a lot. I pull up an episode while I eat breakfast and lunch, while I fold laundry and cook dinner, while I sweep the floor and craft. I go through a lot of episodes, so I go through a lot of series.
My Netflix obsession has lead me to watch everything from West Wing to Merlin, from White Collar to Good Luck Charlie. All four of those are fun and clean, and I would recommend them to anyone without shame. But if I’m being honest, not every show I’ve watched is like that.
I cringe to publicly admit that I’ve recently watched Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries. Not because the shows are poorly made, but because the content is not one I’d want teen Christian girls watching. They set a horrible example and strange/impossible standards. Pre-marital sex runs rampant, the language is not clean, drugs are freely used, and lying is rewarded.
Sure. I get my fix of drama, but at what price? Those shows are not keeping my mind clean. After watching, I feel dirty. Have you ever felt like that before? The problem is, a shower won’t fix the filth that has been swept into our minds.
After saying to a friend, “Please don’t tell anyone I’ve watched The Carrie Diaries,” I realized I had a problem. My new rule of thumb: If I’m ashamed to share, I should not be watching it. It’s in those secret corners that we allow the darkness to creep in.
So I am saying “No more!” I am making a commitment to only watch TV shows that I am not ashamed to share. I want what I watch to be a good example to me and to those who know me.
What are your thoughts on how entertainment affects our hearts and minds? Are there any shows you feel you need to give up? Do you have any suggestions of clean programs that I and other readers might enjoy?
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