posted on March 2, 2012 at 4:11 am
Media is so influential these days. We may not be fully aware of its power, but I’m sure that if we evaluate much of our behavior and beliefs, we’ll recognize the influences. It may be apparent in the way we talk, dress or act, and often the emulation is involuntary.
Unfortunately, today’s media offers very negative messages. Television is inundated with reality shows featuring people behaving badly. Movies and television shows are constantly promoting infidelity, violence and dark messages.
In a past post, Christian Girls Beware! Study Indicates that Reality Shows Affect Self-Image, I presented a study that discusses the negative affects of reality shows. Not only are young people emulating the bad behavior they watch on reality shows, such as Jersey Shore, but also they believe what they see is true to life.
I know it’s difficult to avoid some unsavory shows, especially since they seem to make up the bulk of our media. And you certainly could argue that there just isn’t anything good to watch on television. But that doesn’t mean that we should resort to watching what’s on. No matter what the media has to offer, we have a choice to accept it or not.
We have a choice to fill our minds with negative media, or simply switch off the television.
While browsing one of my favorite sites, Focus on the Family, I came across an interesting contract that prompted me to write this post. It’s called the Family Covenant for God-Honoring Media Choices. Basically, it’s a pact that any family can sign to promise to only watch positive media.
Parts of the covenant read as follows:
Despite poor decisions that we may have made in the past, we desire to secure the blessings that come from obedience…we ask the heavenly Father to guide us and strengthen us as we work to make wise entertainment choices, striving with all our effort to be imitators of God through the empowering of the Holy Spirit who is in us. Knowing that God says, “Above all else, guard your heart” (Proverbs 4:23), we pledge to guard our hearts from harmful media influences…In the rare event that one of us feels an exception to the above should be made, we pledge to bring this issue and the reasons for it to the family to discuss and evaluate, rather than make the decision in isolation (Family Covenant for God-Honoring Media Choices, Focus on the Family).
I think that signing such a contract would be beneficial for any family that desires to live by Christ’s commands. And although I do believe that it would be a difficult promise to keep, it’s not an impossible one. Your desire just has to be real and strong.
Do you think you’ve been negatively influenced by the media choices you’ve made? How? What do you think about the Family Covenant?