Parents, if someone you did not know knocked on your door and asked if they could entertain your children for a couple of hours, would you let them? Probably not.
But, hypothetically, let’s just say that you allowed them into your home. You go about your business and the stranger is entertaining your kids.
And then you hear it. You hear the stranger say a word that you don’t want your kids to say...then you hear it again. You race into the room and ask and the stranger says, “Well, they are going to hear it and a lot worse out in the world...and besides, it’s just harmless entertainment.”
After the stranger says he/she will not say that word again, you turn to leave. No sooner are you out of the room then you overhear the stranger promoting an idea that you are very aware the Bible teaches against.
Would you allow that stranger to remain in your home, “harmlessly” entertaining your children? I would hope not!
For the last 26½+ years, I have made a practice of allowing “strangers” into my home to entertain my family. These “strangers” have said words I would really rather my daughters had not heard and have openly promoted ideas that are contrary to Bible teaching.
The saddest part is that I rationalized that I needed this “stranger” to feed me information...so I continued to pay a large sum of money so that this stranger would “feed” me information and “entertain” me and my family.
Well, one week ago I disinvited this stranger from my home. I unplugged the magic box that the stranger appeared in and took it back to the Cox office here in Siloam Springs.
Have I missed the stranger? At times (I’m a huge fan of soccer and have missed watching the World Cup, for example). But I haven’t missed the worldly influence.
Truth be told, I have thought about finding a cheaper way for the stranger to come back for a visit...but I think for the foreseeable future, we are going to try to do without TV in our home.