Category Archives: Secular Television

Day 2: Cartoon Violence

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“Guns, Violence, and Humor, Oh, My!”

There’s a form of entertainment on the television that kids as well as adults like. This entertainment consists of artistic drawings that are put together frame by frame with voice acting added to it. This form of entertainment is called cartoons. These characters are cute and likable to the eyes but there is something that goes beyond their cuteness. Many of the cartoons both past and present have violence, which is termed as “slapstick humor”. The fact that the characters don’t get seriously injured or die when they perform these antics makes the cartoon funny and enjoyable to watch.

Violence in cartoons is a lot different than violence in real life because if we saw someone hit someone else on the head with a hammer we don’t laugh (unless we’re so desensitized that we think everything is funny), instead we call the police and have the individual arrested for murder or attempted murder if the person somehow survived the blow.

I remember an old story about two brothers that ended in tragedy due to the violence on television. The older brother was mad with his younger brother so he wanted to get back at him. This kid’s favorite show was “The 3 Stooges” (there was an animated version of this show in the 1960’s) and when he saw the characters doing their slapstick routine he figured that he could try it without seriously harming someone. So one day he took his hammer and hit his younger brother on the head with it. The poor kid fell down and the older brother waited for him to get back up. He never did. Realizing what he did the older brother hid his younger brother under the porch to hide the lie of unreality that he witnessed on TV. His sin was found out when his younger brother’s body started to decompose under the porch. Imagine the trauma the poor older brother went through while he was growing up!

We’ve got to be so careful on what we let our children watch as well as what we watch. Even something like “Looney Tunes” can be harmful. The characters are constantly getting bammed, slammed, bonked, and even shot in some of the cartoons. We think of the saying, “What Would Jesus Do?” so let’s consider all this with that mindset. If Jesus had a little time to watch TV would He entertain Himself with a cartoon that features a duck shooting himself in the head when the duck fails to sell his script to his boss at the end? Would He enjoy watching three men constantly hit each other in the name of fun? Let’s be prayerfully honest here.

What’s also a good thing to consider is that our kids are watching us. If they see us watching something that’s violent they will think it’s okay and will follow our example. We don’t want kids to become violent, for it will cause drastic results now and when they grow up.

During this week as we fast from secular television let us also seek along with drawing closer to God to give our children a lasting impression of what is good, wholesome, and pure.

Day 1: Signs of Television Addiction

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This article lists the signs of television addiction. As you prayerfully read this article search your heart and ask yourself, “Am I really addicted to TV?” and be honest with the answer that the Holy Spirit will impress upon your mind.

Here’s the link to the article:

http://www.inplainsite.org/html/dangers_of_television.html

This quote at the very beginning of the article is really something to think about:

“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?” —Leonard Ravenhill

Day 1: “The Dangers Of Television”, Walter Veith

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Here’s a fascinating article called “The Dangers of Television” by Walter Veith, a Christian pastor and professor. Before we read this article I think it would be best if we pray.

Dear Father in Heaven, Please be with us during our first SPAM Fast from secular television. Open our eyes to the alternatives that You have given us through this distracting device. Help us to see them and to want to give them a try instead of the things that are bad for both our physical and spiritual health that are on the TV. We also ask that the Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us during this time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Here’s the link to the article:

http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_media_television_brain_violence

Fasting From Secular Television Intro

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Ah, TV! The past time filled with drama, comedy, adventure, sadness, horror, happiness, education, and fantasy! Who could say no to such a variety? Though television has some good in it there are a ton of things that should be avoided that are shown in this mesmerizing electrical box
. The majority of the movies have killing, swearing, drug use, alcohol use, adultery, and gross vulgar humor. Even most shows have these negative traits in them. You got such shows like “24”, “As The World Turns”, “Zombies That Ate New York” (Whatever that new horror show is called) and other titles.

These are the obvious bad ones. Unfortunately, we also have to be careful with movies and shows that are considered good, even by fellow Christians. Many of the family movies (especially the ones for children) have magic and occult practices laden in them. These things can be dangerous because Satan is in these things and he can make kids (and also adults) interested in this mysterious realm.  One preacher put it this way, “A dragon can often hide behind a G just as easily as behind an R.” *

In dealing with children’s cartoons this same preacher remarked, “Children’s cartoons extol the values of the occult and the supernatural in such a gripping and tantalizing way you can’t turn them off. And our kids are spellbound. (Literally, spell-bound!) **

This month we will be fasting from Secular Television. Like the video games we will focus on fasting from these worldly movies and shows for a week. During this time we can with God’s help look for great alternatives on television that can be beneficial for the body as well as the spirit (this is good as long as we don’t forget our personal time with Him in prayer, bible study/reading, and devotions). So when you want to watch a little TV during this fast ask God to guide you as you look for things that will glorify Him and build you and your family up. Be honest in your choosing. If you find out that the show or movie isn’t good ask God to deliver you from it and He will.

Are you ready to SPAM away from Secular Television? Then let’s get started.

* “Countdown To The Showdown”, by Dwight K. Nelson, pg. 22, Copyright (c) 1992 by Hart Research Center, Printed in the United States of America, All Rights Reserved

** Ibid, pg. 21