Millions and millions of dollars are spent each year to produce the most entertaining material. The best in modern photographic art and skill is employed; music and sound are fine tuned to create the greatest impact on the viewer. The two most direct paths of entering information into the human brain are skillfully utilized: the eye and the ear.
Watching television is different from reading a newspaper in terms of its emotional impact and ability to instill lasting impressions. Television is also a far more powerful influence than the radio. Modern radio songs and programs can be addicting and sinful to the hearer, but the danger is greatly multiplied with television. The lust of the eye is a more powerfully tempting influence to our sinful hearts than the lust of the ear.
Television is the most influential peddler of temptation and sin in our society, and it has found entrance into ninety-seven out of one hundred homes in our country today.
3. Television glorifies sin.
Television glorifies and promotes many forms of sin through making them look exciting, attractive, and normal. Violence appears exciting, extramarital affairs are portrayed as normal, and immodest dress is seen as attractive.
Television makes lust-provoking scenes instantly available. It is readily accessible, in sight and sound, at the touch of a switch. One is enticed and drawn by the lust for violence, another by the lust for sports, a third by the lust for sex.
By ignoring, hinting, or mocking, television portrays an image of moral and religious life to be boring, old-fashioned, and only adhered to by a few odd and naive people.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way.
- Psalm 119:37
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
- Job 31:1
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
- Psalm 81:12
Naive - Simple; lacking understanding or experience; not aware of current matters
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
- Titus 2:12
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
- I Peter 2:11
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.