A Voice in the
Wilderness

site navigation

free newsletter


                           *** PORTIONS ***

Re: Less TV means lowered aggression

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will
not depart from it." (Pr22:6)

Weekend News Today
Lead: Leo
Source: The Washington Times

Mon Jan 15,2001 -- Rationing TV, videotapes and video games can
decrease children's aggressiveness, says a study released in today's
issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

More than 1,000 studies have already shown that when children watch
violent media they become more aggressive, but few studies have
asked whether reducing media use would reduce aggressive behavior.
This study is the first to show that aggressive behavior can be
unlearned by reducing media exposure, said Dr. Thomas N. Robinson
of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., the lead
author and an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Editor: Well, if you didn't believe God's Word, here it is, even, from
the world! The 'experts' wring their hands and wonder "why" our youth
have become so violent as to shoot up schools with guns. Oooh...it's
the "bad" guns. We need to get rid of the guns! Why are young girls
getting pregnant and getting abortions. Oooh...we need to teach them
"safe sex" and hand out condoms at school; after all, "boys will be
boys". (Uh...last I knew, it takes -two- to tango!) Why are youth
assulting one another, and going on criminal rampages of destruction
and murder?  Oooh...we need to send them to crisis "stress management"
and figure out what medicines will "cure" them. Why is teen suicide of
epidemic proportions? Well...uuuh!

Did you-all read your 'assignment' from last week? What does Scripture
say? "Train up a child". And what is the result? That's the direction
he's going to go when he grows up.

Remember when your children were little? How did they learn to talk? By 
imitation. And amazingly, they pick up regional accents, too. They 
-hear- it; they speak it. Remember how when they got a little older, 
you found them wearing your high heels and putting on your clothes? And 
they were saying things like, "When I grow up I wanna be -JUST- LIKE 
Mommy and Daddy!"  Recent commercials have shown a little boy in the 
sand box, with a whole string of trucks, tractors, wagons being pulled 
'behind' his toy Chevy truck; and the announcer noticing the boy thinks 
his dad is so "powerful"...'wondering' -where- the kid got that idea; 
as the next scene shows an overloaded Chevy truck pulling into the farm 
yard, with an equally overloaded trailer behind it.  When I was little, 
I would play, pretending to conduct services with my toy accordian...  
because that's what Daddy did. When our village (in Japan) got
centralized corporate water, my play included making a "water system"
in the house, with tinker toys, going around asking everybody in the
house if they wanted water connected to their house.

Well...tiny children grow up. What are they seeing (to imitate) as they
grow up? Are Dad and Mom still around...to be imitated?  Or are they
both busy working at jobs so their children can have -THINGS-? What
"things" are the children playing with? Video games. Is there any
"violence" in the video games? They watch umpteen zillions of hours of
TV. What is on TV?  Is there any violence on TV and/or the movies? Is
there any sexual promiscuity? Is there any promotion of sodomy and
lesbianism? Is there any lying and murder?  Is there any depiction of
TV children sassing back to their TV parents?  And what of those CDs
with which they surround themselves almost every waking hour? What is
the nature of the music? What are the lyrics? Is there anything there
that would promote violence, lust, murder, suicide, drugs, rape, etc.?

Is the answer obvious???

You see, there is an innate developmental concept. How does one learn?  
By reading? That helps. By seeing examples? Even better. But the best 
training is "hands on". A person can read all the books in the world, 
but if one is going to drive, one must also have "behind the wheel" 
training. A book cannot describe the "feel" of the pressure on the 
brake pedal. If one is learning to ride a motorcycle, a book cannot 
ingrain the cause-and-effect relationship of 'countersteering'. But if 
he doesn't learn it, in an emergency situation he can end up 
dead..because he tried to "lean" the bike, instead of "countersteer" it.

That other 'assigned' verse from last week, Pr4:26-27. "Ponder the path 
of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the 
right or the left; remove your foot from evil" There's another like it, 
"Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established." 
(Pr16:3) Notice the order? What sorts of things do we think on? Those
activities with which our lives are occupied. If a person is a farmer,
he is going to tend to think about tractors. An athlete thinks about 
physical fitness and stopwatches. A child bombarded with words and 
images of violence and sexual perversion, will tend to think on those 
things. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans knew the effect of music. I
believe it was Plato who said, "Let me write the songs of a nation, and
I care not who makes its laws"

Now that the world has actually conducted a "study" on the matter, they 
are 'suggesting' that "less TV" (which is loaded with violence), will 
result in REDUCED "aggressive behavior". Well, duh!! Christians, with 
God's Biblical wisdom, have been saying that for years... But what do
they know? They're only "Christians". Don't confuse us with "religion"!

Yes, parents...throw out those CDs, monitor what video/computer games 
they play, screen/filter their TV viewing, go shopping with them. Uuh!  
This means, spending -time- 'with' them. Right? And ignore those TV 
commercials telling you that you don't need to worry about your kids, 
because when they are away from you, they "remember" what you taught 
them. Ignore those PSAs that suggest that your children are always 
'honest', if you will, but, 'listen to' them. No. "Foolishness is bound 
up in the heart of a child.." (Pr22:15)  It is your God-given duty to 
keep tabs on them, instruct them, lead by example... and most of all, 
make sure they know God's Word. How? With a 10-minute weekly Sunday
School video?

"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you 
shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them 
when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie 
down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, 
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them 
on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deu6:6-9) You see, 
satan is trying to bombard them 24-7 with evil. As parents, it is your 
duty to give them 24-7 of God's Word.

What are we instructed? "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true - 
noble - just - pure - lovely - of good report, if there is any virtue 
and if there is anything praiseworthy -- MEDITATE (think on and be
immersed in) ON THESE THINGS." (Phil4:8)  And, what is a good source of
things which are praiseworthy? "How can a young man cleanse his way? By
taking heed according to Your Word." (Ps119:9)

Amen!