Rethinking the Types of Media Allowed Into Our Home

Here at Redeeming Home, I’m all about how our homes can be redeemed for the LORD’s glory. And let me tell ya, lately I’ve been thrown for a loop.

First of all, I’d like to clearly state that I realize that we make our decisions about how to live a godly life because we love our Father, and not to try to “earn our salvation” in any way shape or form. Salvation is a completely apart from ourselves. Also, I understand that our hearts are “desperately wicked” and no amount of filtering the media content in our homes will change that. The LORD is our only cure, and walking in His Ways is purely an act of both love and obedience.

Okay, so this is where my thoughts are right now…

My Father has been so gracious to lead me gently towards His will for my life, though at times I certainly felt like kicking and screaming! Several years ago, I began that a lot of the media material in our home wasn’t exactly God honoring. We cut out a lot of things. We stopped watching the Disney Channel (and all of its teenybopper shows), and we stuck to movies and books that I considered “clean” at the time.

This worked for awhile, but then I realized that we needed to go a bit further. We cleaned out movies with voodoo (like “The Princess and the Frog”), and movies that contained more blatant witchcraft (like Disney’s “The Sorcerers Apprentice). At this point I realized that the LORD was leading me farther than most of mainstream Christianity wants to go. These movies were put in a pretty little package and marketed to children, but hasn’t that been the devil’s scheme since the beginning of time? Our hearts are wicked enough as it is, and I didn’t want to allow anything that Scripture clearly says is wrong into our home. As I believe John MacArthur so aptly stated, “We should not be entertained by the sins for which Christ died.” Why does this pertain to fornication but not witchcraft, albeit in a pretty little cartoon package?

And now, we are going further. We have decided to filter “white” magic as well. White magic is usually “magic” that is used to help people. Enter movies like “Tangled” and “Frozen,” and shows like “The Lion Guard” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Ladies, this has been hard, but I believe we are on the right path. We must remember that the road to life is narrow and there are few that find it. I do not want to allow Wiccan influences into our home, and in a nutshell, this is what they are. I never saw it this way until very recently. The LORD helped take my blinders off while my girls were participating in a Peter Pan performance. I never realized that Pan was fashioned after a false god until I did a little bit of research during the show. This studying really opened my heart to the realization that a lot of what my children were watching wasn’t God honoring. What we watch sticks with us!

Since Yeshua (Jesus) is our example, and we are to walk as He walked, I wondered if He would spend His time being entertained by such things. The answer is most likely “no.”

whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:6

Now, I’d like to talk about “good” influences. Ladies, there are so many neutral/good things that we can bring into our home for entertainment purposes, especially if we look past the famous mouse. My little ones enjoy watching “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “Guess How Much I Love You” on Amazon Prime. These shows aren’t perfect, and I still filter a few episodes, but I’m thankful that the entire series doesn’t revolve around magic. Even better is programming that glorifies the LORD. I’ve asked our older children to stick to vintage television shows as well as Christian media. All of the time. Does this go against the grain of culture? Yes! Is this difficult sometimes to carry out? Yes! But we must remember that most worthwhile things are never easy, and that the LORD’s way is always the best way.

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you.

2 Corinthians 6:17

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3 thoughts on “Rethinking the Types of Media Allowed Into Our Home

  1. Ellie says:

    We have never had t.v. in our home. Mostly because both my husband and I were raised without one and we’ve choose to fill that time with other things. He was raised conservative Mennonite and t.v. was discouraged and I was raised way out in the country where the 2 channels you might get were usually fuzzy! Now, we’d rather not add a cable subscription to our budget and would rather play games or be playing/ working outside as a family. We have also lived in small houses and don’t care to allow a t.v. it’s own space in the living room! We do own a t.v. that we store in a cabinet and take out for a movie night every now and then. We also do not allow screen time unless it’s necessary or on a rare occasion when the weather doesn’t permit being outside. We use the Net Nanny filter and prefer the kids to be on the iPad. We do have a Rightnow Media subscription. So, they can watch anything on that app and a few shows off the PBS kids app. We have YouTube disabled through the filter. So, while our efforts are not perfect, it’s been a good way to get out kids outside, active and creative. We try to allow enough that it doesn’t become the “forbidden fruit” and to help them be moderate and self controlled. I think you should follow the Spirits leading for your family. You aren’t the only one with these convictions and we have to live as aliens in this culture now more than ever! One thing I will add. I have relaxed a little, tiny bit on the “sorcery/magic” content. I allow it if I can pull a gospel parallel out of it (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is an example) or of it’s based on a historical event or a part of a culture that we’re studying in school (Like Native American culture or the Salem Witch Trials). Our heart would be to discuss it, compare it to Scripture, and prepare our children to be discerning. I love your blog! It’s one of the few I can read. You seem very real and transparent! I respect that. šŸ˜Š

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you for sharing so many good suggestions, Ellie! We feel the same as you in regards to our history studies.šŸ˜Š Limiting TV time is always a good idea in my opinion.

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