Be as careful of the books you read, as the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
I read the above quote on a Katy's post yesterday, and I thought it was so good.
I have been pondering the seeming lack of discernment these days toward media in all forms. I find myself in this category at times and have had to stop and ask myself why I am supporting, by viewing, a certain movie or tv series.
There are times when we choose to watch certain things, knowing they are not "perfect" but we do it with discretion and lots of discussion. Other things we stay far away from.
I will come out and say that I have been amazed by how many Christian women I know that are taken with the series of books and movies about a girl and her love for a vampire and a werewolf. Should we be dabbling in these kinds of things, as Christian women?
There is always so much to reevaluate - I used to watch things that now make me embarrassed. Why would I ever have wanted to watch such things as extramarital affairs, deception, fornication just because it was on a tv series or a movie and wasn't a real life thing?
I find that we are easily influenced by what we imput into our minds. School children are influenced by the world view of their teachers, and the materials they use, and by what their parents are watching and listening to at home. Adults by the books they are reading, movies and tv they are viewing.
I've been delighted at some of the discussions our teens have had at church regarding these matters. Some of them have been influenced by Phillip Telfer and his ministry Media Talk 101. We have watched a dvd of his in Sunday School and it was good and challenging.
It is challenging as our children grow to control who and what is influencing them, which is natural, and yet you hope that you have done a good job of preparing them to be discerning. Our family likes some Sci-Fi, Star Trek (TNG), Star Gate, Dr. Who, and in this area especially you have to watch for things like pantheism, and wide ranging moral equivalencies. We have found that a lot of discussion and analyzing of media makes a huge difference in what they are allowing to influence them.
In the last few years the Lord has challenged me to check what I am watching by the guideline of 'how does it line up with my Biblical Worldview?' and if it doesn't why? Sometimes you may be learning about history and watching a documentary about the Egyptians or Romans and what their lives were like and what they believed. Naturally their belief in many gods doesn't align with my belief in the One True God. That doesn't mean I can't watch it and learn from it.
We tell our children that everyone has a worldview. Those who write books or movies or tv series are all wanting to influence you with their worldview. That is why we must ask God to give wisdom and discernment to us and to our children and young adults, because the company we keep with these characters in books and movies are an influence on us, and what I allow myself to watch influences my family.
Deep thoughts for a Tuesday...