The Dangers Of Today's Entertainment: Is It Ruining Good Social Values?
The entertainment industry goes a long way in helping shape culture, including our values, ethics and morals. From one generation to the other, a culture is transformed by the things that they hear as well as the things in which they engage in. The rock n roll music of the 60’s and 70’s produced a different culture than the hip hop music of the 80’s and 90’s. The era of television in the sixties produced a different culture than the era of television of the nineties. Each era of entertainment greatly influences the people in that era.
The message in the music, the games and the videos that our children play also plays a significant role in influencing their culture.
A great majority of today’s music is filled with messages that promote sexual promiscuity, disrespect and atheism. Music which promotes sex without marriage, music that disrespects women and music that dishonors God, if accepted in the hearts and minds of our children, will create within them a new paradigm: a perspective against the wisdom of God. Many of us are witnesses of how music has shaped our children. They look up to their idols and desire to be like them. Unethical messages isn’t just limited to one form of music, it includes most all genres. Rock, Pop, Hip Hop and Rap and many other types of music can send the wrong subliminal message to our children, the next generation.
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Violent Video Games
Thousands of our children are addicted to violent video games by which they are introduced to such ideas as theft, violence and murder. In recent news event we have learned that those who have committed mass killings in the United States have been obsessed with violent videos games such as Grand Theft Auto, Assassins, Battlefield as well as other less popular brands. Many of people have gotten injured while attempting to buy the latest version of Xbox, especially on Black Friday. The subliminal messages in these violent forms of entertainment can capture the imagination of our children and harden them against the seriousness of actual violence.
The Grip of Social Media
The messages that are children receive from watching videos on You Tube can create within them a great deal of confusion. In today’s social media frenzy, Children often find out about things that only their parent should know. Often, before the parent can even give them the talk about such things as sex and drugs, social media has already made it known. So there is a good reason why parents should be very wary of their child’s time spent at the computer.
Christian parents who allow their children unmonitored access to these forms of entertainment are helping to distance their children from the things of God. No Christian child should be allowed to engage in violent video games. The message of the gospel of Christ is love, love and more love of God and our fellow man. Believing parents must take what the children watch and listen to seriously if the church is to recover and grow in moral strength, honesty and divine love.
Protecting the Next Generation
Christian leaders must understand that Christian’s children are the next generation of spiritual leaders and they must warn parents regarding the many form of morally damaging entertainments out in the world. The goal of the kingdom of darkness is to still the souls of Christian children and turn them away from fulfilling the will of God. For instance, I know Christians who allow their children to participate in all kinds of dark activities in the name of fun and entertainment. Many parents assume that nothing is wrong with their child dressing up as a witch on Halloween, or carrying a round a meat cleaver dressed in a Micheal Myers Halloween costume. But the forces of darkness are very clever; they gradually sneak into the hearts and capture the imagination of our children.
Moral Lessons of Good Entertainment
Not all entertainment is bad. There is great music which carries great messages of peace, unity and genuine love among people. These are the forms of entertainment that parents want to encourage their children to participate in. Even movies that demonstrate the triumph of good over evil are allowable if the concepts are adequately explained. As a boy, I grew up on such programs as Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show and the Wild, Wild West. But these programs delivered messages that were based on human dignity, understanding and the value of law and order. It is never too late for today’s parent to introduce some of those old programs to their children, especially the very young ones. This activity could make the difference between a child who is blessed with godly character and one that is cursed with dark ideas and imaginations.
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