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The Mind of a Child
8/26/2008

The Mind of a Child
    
    Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5 (NIV)
    
    Most of us like our TV. I know that after I have read and studied for a lengthy period of time, it can be a nice break to sit down and turn off my brain. Besides, there are plenty of interesting shows to be found if you know where to look. I dont feel that the TV is the problem. Our problem is that our kids are watching too much of it, and they are watching some pretty bad stuff.
    
    I dont remember watching the sort of stuff that is on our TV today. Twenty years ago it didnt seem to be as bad. The cartoons were pretty simple, and besides, we always seemed to have our girls playing some sort of sport. Today, my wife Carol and I have two Grandsons, and so I am concerned about the impact of TV on their lives. So am I just getting old and senile? Perhaps. But then again, researchers are baking this gut feeling that I have deep down inside.
    
    Several years ago, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle published a study linking attention problems in young school children with television exposure earlier in life. The study in the April issue of Pediatrics revealed that children ages 1-3 were put at a higher risk for ADHD and other attention difficulties for every hour-per-day of TV they watched. For each hour watched during ages 1-3, there was a 10 percent higher risk of attention problems by age 7.
    
    Pediatric researcher Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who led the study, said, "We know from national estimates that children watch an average of 2-3 hours of television a day in the 1-3 year old age group and that as many as 30 percent of all children have a television in their bedroom." If that's an average, and some children don't watch TV at all, then that means there are some little ones out there who think that the television is their mother.
    
    During these years when a child's brain is still rapidly developing, television's fast-paced stimulation - even educational programming - wires children's brains to expect life to happen faster than it does. Parents are wise to limit the amount of television their youngest youngsters watch. As Dr. Christakis noted, "Look, people have cooked dinner for thousands of years& without resorting to TV."
    
    And what about the content of these shows?
    
    According to Common Sense Media, "Out of 68% of TV shows that contain overt sexual content, only 15% discuss risk and responsibility." Nobody on TV ever seems to say, "Sorry, but one in five adults in America has herpes. Are you sure you don't? Stop kissing me, and let's talk about this relationship like wise and responsible adults."
    
    Both boys and girls are also swamped with "perfect body" images. Hollywood's finest women are not pleasantly plump. On average, girls will be hit with 250,000 ads of beautiful, abnormally thin women. It's no wonder we have young teens and even pre-teens with eating disorders. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to strive for an unrealistic physical standard that often can only be reached through the use of steroids.
    
    According to Common Sense Media, "By the time kids enter middle school, they have seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 more acts of violence on broadcast TV alone."
    
    As our children are watching this violence, they are becoming desensitized. The problem is that we are watching this stuff, and are taking pleasure in it as a form of entertainment. I guess that is what Paul was talking about in Romans, about how people might not practice the act, but they enjoy watching it, and approve of those who are doing the acts.
    
    Although they know Gods righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:32(NIV)
    
    Likewise, violence in video games has reached new highs. These days it seems there is no limit to how graphic some games can be. Parents need to pay close attention to the amount of violence in the video games available today. Again, when we were young, it was Pacman and Frogger, but these new games have a story line that is deep and graphic; too graphic.
    
    Hey, we know that we are what we eat, and this is not just about food for our body; it is about what we feed our minds, and the minds of our children.
    
    Turn off the TV and monitor what you watch when it is on. Pick up the Bible and read your wife, and your children some stories from the greatest history book around. God will bless you and you might just be saving a life.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What happens to our minds as we live in a sinful nature?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself channel surfing and getting sucked into watching garbage?
    
    APPLICATION: Make a choice before you are tempted. Make it your resolution to put on your breastplate of righteousness each day (See Eph 6), and decide to give that extra TV time to God. Feed your mind, and the rest will follow.
    
    Father, Thank You for Your word, and its wisdom. Help me today to make that decision not to allow harmful programming in my home for the sake of my family and their spiritual walk. Give me the wisdom and strength to continue to monitor this form of entertainment. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    
    Statistical information provided by:
    Childrens Hospital & Regional medical center
    http://www.seattlechildrens.org/home/about_childrens/press_releases/2004/04/000155.asp
    
    

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