Back, way back, when there was no internet, I used to spend three hours a day watching; “General Hospital,” “All My Children,” and “One Life to Live,” in that order. I saw my fascination with these soap operas grow into an addiction. I couldn’t get enough.
In the back of my mind, however, there was a nagging. These stories were about base human nature. The sleeping around, the ruthless manipulation, the lying, the cheating, how was this helping my heart? As I looked around at my three small boys, playing in the same room as these unsavory stories were unfolding, I realized I was filling their minds with this trash, also.
I can’t remember if I went cold turkey or not, but I reclaimed those three hours for better things. And the boys grew up knowing the term ‘trash tv.’ I chuckled to myself not long ago, when my son chided his wife for watching, ‘trash tv.’
Two years ago, I completely cancelled cable. Now, hubby isn’t too happy because he really likes football season and even with the digital antenna, he can’t pick up CBS. So, when Purdue or the Bengals are playing we go to Buffalo Wild Wings and watch on the big screen. Other than that, we don’t miss it.
I no longer fill my mind with mixed signals about sex. Being the marriage advocate I am, watching an affair or sexual promiscuity fictitiously evolve on screen would tick me off. These negatives feelings would walk around with me all day, sometimes showing up at a tender moment and taint the good stuff that was going on between my husband and me.
I am a wife who struggled with seeing sexual intimacy as a gift from God. By cancelling cable, I cut Satan’s signals about sex. It was one less place where I had to filter out unholy messages.
Now, I’m free of the residue.
Without cable I’m not constantly exposed to the news channels, either. You may call me a poor citizen because sometimes I don’t know the latest news in the country, but I sleep a lot better.
The negativity of racey tv and really depressing news has been lifted.
Being rid of Satan’s signals and filling my life more with God’s thoughts about sex, I started to understand. Sex began to feel holy. There’s usually no mention of the spiritual essence of sexuality in sex scenes or inappropriate commercials. Sex is all about the physical. That’s Satan’s lie.
Consider if mass media may be affecting your view of Holy Sex. Your issue may not be cable, but books or other media, even pornography.
Post Script – I am not living like a mountain woman with no access to the outside world. I mostly watch family friendly movies on Netflix and series’ on Hulu. My current favorite on Hulu is called, ‘The 100.’ I’m a science fiction fan.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4:8.
See Covenant Eyes’ article: If You’re Watching Game of Thrones, You’re Watching Porn
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