Television

I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I look upon a young woman?
Job 31:1

I will set noth­ing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.

Psalm 101:3

You are of pur­er eyes than to behold evil,
And can­not look on wickedness.
Why do You look on those who deal treacherously,
And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours
A per­son more right­eous than he?

Habakkuk 1:13

If your right eye caus­es you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more prof­itable for you that one of your mem­bers per­ish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:29

Job vowed to his eyes that he would not lust after young women. Thus saith tele­vi­sion, if thou shalt look young, thou shalt be beau­ti­ful in the sight of man.

The psalmist said that he would set no wicked thing before his eyes, and that such wicked­ness would not cling to him, or come to his mind. Isn’t it inter­est­ing that it is eas­i­er to quote tele­vi­sion and recount how enjoy­able scenes of vio­lence, anger, hate, and lust are? I’ve heard the deaths por­trayed in some movies called “sat­is­fy­ing.”

Habakkuk declares that God is too holy to even look at sin, and we are com­mand­ed to be just as holy as God (1 Peter 1:16) in all that we do (v.15).

Judg­ing from the above, can we not rea­son­ably con­clude that it is a sin to set some­thing sin­ful before our eyes? Is it not sin­ful to put our­selves into situations–such as tele­vi­sion gen­er­ous­ly provides–in which young women of all sorts are put before our eyes that we may lust? (If you think they are on tele­vi­sion for any oth­er rea­son, you are either will­ful­ly igno­rant or bliss­ful­ly deceived.)

Jesus said that it would be bet­ter for us to remove our eyes than to con­tin­u­al­ly sin by them.

I myself am a tele­vi­sion view­er with a pret­ty hefty invest­ment in movies on DVD. I go to the movie the­ater, and I rent movies. It can be accu­rate­ly said that how I respond to this will deter­mine whether I am a hypocrite–seeking to remove the speck from my broth­er’s eye while I have a steel gird­er stuck in mine–or a man will­ing to let my mind be renewed, that I “may prove what is that good and accept­able and per­fect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

I know and trem­ble before the truth that each of us shall give account of him­self to God (Romans 14:12).

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put dark­ness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bit­ter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isa­iah 5:20

Final­ly, brethren, what­ev­er things are true, what­ev­er things are noble, what­ev­er things are just, what­ev­er things are pure, what­ev­er things are love­ly, what­ev­er things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is any­thing praiseworthy–meditate on these things.
Philip­pi­ans 4:8

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Rick Beckman