In a generation filled with DVR’s and Netflix I have somehow missed an epidemic that is chasing after the hearts of our children. There is no doubt that our culture is sex crazed. Anything that is self-gratifying rather than God honoring, our culture wants to teach our children that “it’s ways” aren’t all that bad. They desire to de-sensitize young minds to things that are barbaric and counter biblical. I have known this but there’s one way I hadn’t considered the urgent need to guard my children.
Yesterday afternoon at 4pm I was turning on the news for my grandmother. My children were sitting in the floor playing, and as I was talking to her during the commercials I looked up and noticed a HORRIFYING commercial. I can’t tell you which one it was, or what it was about, I can tell you what I saw in that brief moment but I was too busy trying to find the remote to turn it off.
The Hardee’s commercial’s pushed the line and now companies like Go Daddy and so many others want to be as seductive as possible to sell their products. I have no idea how a mostly naked woman, taking her bathing suit off, while eating a sandwich and being ogled by a man sell’s a sandwich. But I guess it does or maybe the minds behind these products are so entrapped in pornography themselves that they can’t creatively think any other way. That statement is not meant as a slam it’s just the hard truth of pornography.
I don’t watch much TV and when I do it’s on DVR or Netflix so I have somehow missed how bad these commercials have become DURING DAYTIME HOURS!
Guess who hasn’t though - Our Children.
You know that stations like Nick, the HUB and any Disney channel beyond Disney Jr. accept billions of dollars to advertise to our children. I heard all about it from my children at Christmas. “Mommy I need this …Mommy I want that…”. Creating a seed in the heart of my children that says, I’m not complete or good enough unless I have…you name it.
We don’t watch those stations at our house. But I worry about when my children are with their Grandparents who are watching the News or anything else on regular television - or even allowing my children to watch the children’s stations I just mentioned, because they think, “it’s just cartoons – how bad can it be”. When the truth is just because it’s animated does not make it safe.
During the commercials is when I get up to throw laundry in the dryer or take a bathroom break, it’s not the time I consider safeguarding my children from the television. I had never considered the danger of walking out of the room and leaving my child unattended during a completely innocent show – because of the commercials.
What are your thoughts?
Am I the only one who hadn’t seen this til now?
Melissa Bradley is married with two small children. She serves at a church plant in Hendersonville, NC. The passion of her heart is to live every day missionally. You can also find Melissa at Beautiful Mommy Feet, she and her husbands personal ministry page, a women’s ministry page -Radiance and on Facebook.
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