Last night, my husband said to me the most important thing any parent can do for their children is to switch off the television. Perhaps even get rid of it entirely.
As Senator Santorum said:
Virtues that we all as Americans honor, like integrity, honesty, courage, perseverance, these are great messages. But they're no longer being passed on in the stories told on the front porch. They're being told by other people coming into your home, who you wouldn't let walk in the front door if they knocked, but you let them in every single day when you turn on that television, when you press that button to turn the computer on. these are people you wouldn't allow in your house if they knocked on the door, but they come in with the turn of a knob.LifeSiteNews, Dec 4, 2009
The recent explicit show of Adam Lambert performing at the American Music Awards is a prime example of what comes in on the television without warning. How many young minds are exposed to such viewing and what lasting impressions are made on those minds? Yet parents choose to ignore this and pretend it isn't so, all because they are too busy with their own lives to oversee what is happening to their children's lives. But the cost is enormous.
Television and the internet is where most children are exposed to pornography; this is an obvious evil of modern media. What is not so obvious is that the media is also forming the values of the next generation.
Just look at how many television dramas and sitcoms feature homosexuals as the main characters. Are they portrayed in a favourable light? you bet they are. This was the purpose of Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, authors of After The Ball, a book in which they proposed tactics to get the homosexual agenda throughout North America.
First, they proposed homosexuals and their liberal allies should desensitize heterosexuals by getting homosexuality talked about as much as possible in the straight world. Their tactic consisted of using "the very processes that made America hate us, to turn their hatred into warm regard -- whether they like it or not". Have they succeeded? It certainly looks as if they have.
In fact, in Canada, one can even be dragged before the Human Rights Commission for being "homophobic", if one makes any disparaging remarks about homosexuals. One such person was Pastor Stephen Boissoin, whom I wrote about previously. Last week, Stephen was exonerated by an Alberta court of the very hate speech that he was accused of seven years previously by the Alberta Human Rights Commission. What a great relief to Pastor Boissoin; unfortunately he has not been reimbursed any of the costs that he had to pay nor has he been given back all that time that was wasted fighting this battle.
Homosexuality is just one issue that is marketed by the mass media; promiscuous heterosexuality and the sexualization of our youth is promoted in the vast majority of television shows. The mantra that one's values are decided by one's self, and that there are no absolute rights and wrongs is constantly stated, either overtly or implicitly.
So what does this do to the younger generation? It indoctrinates them to believe that they cannot hold anything to be true and that they cannot impose their beliefs on anyone else. This is extremely dangerous territory, because without a strong sense of objective right and wrong, we become a society of relativism and ethics becomes a game of your turn, my turn. No one ever holds the truth. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.
People long for truth. And not just because they want stability and a sense of safety. They long for it because they were made for truth. We recognize it when we meet people of greatness, people who were willing to sacrifice themselves, and sometimes even their lives, for what they believed in. This is the stuff of heroes. No relativistic television personality is ever going to be considered a real hero; they will pass forgotten in short time no matter how much attention they garnered during their public life.
I recall one mother discussing how she and her husband were going to buy their children television sets for their bedrooms; the only stipulation was that the child had to be eight years old and they had to save up half the money for it themselves. Now one could wonder how a child of seven could save up that kind of money (it can only come as gifts from adults, so what lesson does that teach them?) but more alarming, was the fact that these children would then have free reign to watch whatever they wanted by themselves. "Don't worry," said Sherry, "they won't have cable." Oh great, no problem then. Has she even seen an episode of Degrassi Junior High?
So turn off the television set, and introduce your children to reading. Their minds will be sharper, they will not have that dull look in their eyes, as they are sedated by the television rays. And they will be forced to do something creative with their time, even if it means making you get more involved with them.