I’ve been reading about how the group, “One Million Moms” have been encouraging others to boycott companies who support gay rights. Over the years other similar groups have tried to boycott companies that advertise on television programs that they feel have objectionable content.

Today television is such a big part of our lives that we are often oblivious of its subtle (and sometimes insidious) influence. The popularity of reality TV among young people shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that we adults have created a culture that worships vanity, rather than virtue. Most television programs are merely a reflection of what our society has become – a materialistically driven society where the love of power and money overcomes the power of love. It’s a reflection of a society that is not only devoid of a solid wholesome value system, but is also separated from spiritual roots.

Imagine a twelve year old child spending six hours a day at the local movie theater and allowed to watch whatever movie they wanted, regardless of the rating. No normal parent would ever permit that! Yet, nearly half of our twelve-year-olds watch an average of six or more hours of television per day with little or no supervision!

I get it. As Christians, we should be careful not watch programs that would influence us, or our children, for the bad. But I don’t believe that joining hate groups that encourage the boycotting of companies will do anything but breed more hate.

I raised my kids to influence the world with their own spiritual lifestyle and not allow the world to influence them. It took a lot of work because I didn’t want them to get in over their heads before they were mature enough to handle it. Today they are mature well-adjusted adults who are teaching my grandchildren the same thing.

Television viewing affects both adults and children in subtle ways. And we must not ignore the fact that televised imagery does affect our perceptions and behaviors. Our world view and our subsequent actions are affected by what we see on television. Christians, therefore, must be careful not to let television conform us to the world, (Rom. 12:2) but instead we should develop a Christian world view and teach the same to our children.

And yet, I think it is interesting that Proverbs 6:16-19 teaches us that, “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” Did you notice that homosexuality, foul language, and sexual themes (What most of the Christian boycotting groups object to)  isn’t even mentioned here?

As Jesus was dying on his execution stake he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Who was he speaking of? Everyone!  Later, after Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples didn’t waste time boycotting unbelieving business owners of their day, but instead spent their lives encouraging everyone they met to believe in Jesus as the Messiah.

The Apostle Paul said not to associate with anyone who calls himself a brother and is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. But concerning unbelievers he said, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” (1Cor. 5:11-13)

When you consider the magnitude of the challenges that are facing Christians in America today, it becomes obvious that the Church in America is in desperate need of healing and true revival.  We need to stop judging those outside the Church and begin to judge ourselves! Whether you realize it or not, the world is watching us. And the one thing that will keep an unbeliever from being saved is when they see the Church as a judgmental and unforgiving body of believers.

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Comments
  1. amylou413 says:

    I’ve always liked the quote “Hate the sin, not the sinner.” I’m not going to be more judgmental of someone who sins in a different way than most people do. I will hate the sin, and love the sinner. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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