Guest Author
Pastor C.J. Armstrong
Associate Pastor – Bloomington Baptist Church, Bloomington, Illinois

Today’s Scripture: I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3

What passes through our eyes enters our mind; our mind will never really forget what we see. We may forget about it for a while, but it’s always there just beneath the surface of our thoughts. Our sinful flesh can dredge that memory up at any time. When our flesh reminds us of something improper or wicked, it triggers temptations and tries to get us to engage in wrong doing. Because of this, we have to be very careful with what we allow to enter our eyes.

Watching evil will also deaden our conscience. In order to look upon wickedness, we have to internally justify the evil and decide that it’s really not that bad or there’s no harm in the wickedness. These rationalizations work to undermine our inhibition against a particular sin. This rationalization gives our flesh a starting point in attempting to lure us off into sin.

Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. When we allow sin and wickedness to enter our mind, we begin to think about sin and wickedness. If we put enough sin and wickedness in our mind long enough, then we’ll eventually end up committing that sin. What we think about and consider, we do; that is why God tells us to think on good things.

These are just a few reasons why we must be careful about what we look at and our choice of entertainment. Books, movies and video games can carry good messages and be uplifting; and they can carry ungodly messages that tear us down and attempt to normalize sin. We must be careful to differentiate between the two.

As Christians, we are not to let any wickedness come through our eyes, because doing so will allow poison into our minds. Further, as Christians, we are to be separate from the world. We are to be in the world but not of the world. In order to succeed in the Christian life, we must apply this truth to all areas of our life including our choice of entertainment.

Perhaps you’ve been lax on what you’ve allowed yourself or your children to watch; perhaps you’ve never even considered the danger of allowing wickedness into your mind. Please take a look at your entertainment with a critical eye. Is it reinforcing God’s Word or undermining it? If if helping your Christian life, then I urge you to get rid of them. Your Christian life is much more important than a few hours of diversion.