Sunday, March 1, 2015

Shutting the Open Door

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
Be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love, so
Be careful little eyes what you see.

I hate kids television. While some of it is absolutely darling, it has brought me to the brink of madness more than once. What is being passed out as "teaching self confidence" is unadulterated crap. And even Sesame Street has jumped on the bandwagon.

Why are they teaching magic to my son?

Now. Let me be quite clear: my son doesn't watch ANY television show without me. In most instances, I watch it before he even sees it, just so that I know what's in it. I'm HIGHLY critical about what he sees and watches, and I'm to the point now where he only gets about 10 - 15 minutes of TV a day, to let me do a load of dishes and pee in a mild amount of solitude. Most of the day, he gets to "watch" the Weather Channel on mute, while we have Pandora in the background.

And just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get me.

Room on the Broom
We de-cabled before J was born, and I love that we haven't gone back to spending a ton of money on something frivolous. That being said, even the new cable "necessity" package has 5 channels of Kids' TV. And at least 50% of the shows they offer contain wizards, magic wands, witches, spells, and magic "fixes" of problems that don't make any sense whatsoever.

So, why am I so against all of it? Two reasons:

1) They're using "magic" to solve their problems. If they don't like what someone says, they change the situation. What does that teach? Instead of actual problem-solving skills that work through an issue and potential solutions, they teach the idea of a quick-fix.

2) Witches, wizards, spells, ghosts, etc. become commonplace and "friendly." Kids began to expect them and view them as something that should be a part of every day life. After all, most of the "friendly wizards" are the popular kids, the pretty girls, etc. The first time they pick up a Ouija board and their friends want to play, they will with open arms.

Please understand me: I'm not going into this thinking "they're teaching stuff that doesn't exist." This shit exists. It's very real. And it has no place in my home.

Problem is: It's everywhere.

Supernatural, Long Island Medium, Ghost Adventures, A Haunting, The Haunted, Ghostly Encounters, Ghost In My..,

I found those shows on the TV Guide in 1 minute. One. Minute.

What is our obsession with this? Are we so desperate to escape our own reality that we must cling to something that doesn't have our best interest in mind?

Truth be known, I think we're all so desperate for our own quick-fixes that we've forgotten how to solve our problems. We love diet pills, supplements, lotteries, and credit cards. Truth be known, I think we're desperate for miracles.

Isaiah 8:19
When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
I love what the angels said to Mary after Jesus had risen:
Luke 24:5  Why do you seek the living with the dead?  

As a mom, I have a responsibility as the gateway to my home. I've lost friends; I had to limit my contact and to my mother before she died due to the decisions she had made. What I allow in my home, I will be responsible for. I am responsible for what my son is exposed to on a daily basis. While I can only speak for my family and my household, we won't allow this into our home.

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