I knew “the moment” would arrive in parenting. “The moment” where I would have to pay attention to what I watched on t.v. while my kiddos were in the room. Can I confess I thought we were a long way from this moment.
That is until a few days ago when it hit without warning.
While staying at my in laws the “stay at home mom” side of me has loved the world of day time t.v. that comes through cable. (Ah, cable! We have not had cable in our married life, not because we are super spiritual but because we are cheap.)
I’ve enjoyed GMA (Good Morning America, for those of you who are out of the home before 8 a.m. each day) and then catching up with Kelly Rippa at 9 a.m. I’m thinking a trip to NYC would be fabulous! You can stop judging me now.
All of this “instant access” has been fun. But a few days ago this quick and easy access made this momma stop dead in her tracks.
While my morning shows played in the background, our day was in progress. I was straightening up the kitchen as the kiddos played in the living room. All smooth. Until I hear Colby’s voice…
“Mom, is that a boy or a girl?”
What was he talking about?
I looked up from the kitchen sink to notice on the big screen in our living room a picture of the first ever male CoverGirl.
I did my best to answer calmly as I scrambled for the remote to change the channel…
“It’s a boy.”
“Why is he wearing makeup mom? Boys don’t wear makeup…”
I wish I could tell you I had some good explanation for why there was a boy on t.v. wearing makeup. Instead I had knots in my stomach and hurt in my heart that my son had to ask me this question. Needless to say, the t.v. stayed off the rest of the day.
My screening radar has been in HIGH alert over the last few days. The remote has stayed close and my ears have been perked. After all, I need to guard my child against these things…
These things that could harm him. These things that he cannot un-see. These things that could cause him to sin. These things that the world says are “okay” but blatantly disagree with the way of the Lord.
And then it happened, conviction.
Why would I work so hard to guard my child from these things and then allow myself to be entertained by them when the kids are away?
I was quickly reminded of a quote I read a few months ago…
We should not be entertained by the sins for which Christ died. -John McArthur
Y’all it’s so easy. So easy to become numb to these things. These things, for which Christ died. It happens a little at a time and before we know it we find ourselves opening the door and inviting these things into our homes. These things that are harmful to our children, things that are harmful to us as children of God.
Let me pause and say, please don’t read this as a post to legalism. I am not suggesting we throw out our t.v.s or write off any shows that don’t include Daniel Tiger or a big red dog loved by Emily Elisabeth. I’m not sure this momma could handle that!
But I am saying we should watch. Pay attention. Allow the realm of protection you place over your child’s heart be a reminder that you too need protection.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. -Proverbs 4:23
Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. -Colossians 3:2-5
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. -Philippians 4:8
Would you join me in perking up those ears and blocking out these things, one episode at a time?