We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Vidiots and Virtue

A survey of 140 randomly selected leaders in the television industry revealed that, while 93% had a religious upbringing, the same percentage seldom or never attended a religious service. Ironically, even though many successful directors and actors of Hollywood don’t allow their own children to watch their own movies, (some even restricting TV altogether), our society continues to allow the media to be the dominant family influencer of values. In a world of sensate images, pulsating sounds, violent scenes, sexual perversion, and television-induced short attention spans, a new species has evolved—scientifically labeled as “vidiots.” According to the book, Virtue—Public and Private, “Television has unquestionably become the value shaper, and the most ubiquitous teacher that any civilization has ever had—running for an average of 7 ½ hours a day in 98% of American homes.” And this statistic was researched thirty years ago! Today, with the current rate at which we watch TV, a person with an average lifespan will have spent 9 years of his life in front of the TV. By the time he is 17, he could view up to 1.5 million acts of violence and witness 360,000 murders. In 1878 there was a similar moral decline, but the author Mrs. O.F. Walton wrote a book, that would change the moral climate almost overnight. Selling over 2 ½ million copies, her book, A Peep Behind the Scenes, helped to restore marriages, brought redemption to families, abused children found hope, and many with addictive behaviors were set free. A Peep Behind the Scenes—a story that changed lives then, can change lives today. If you can’t find it in your library, you will find it at Lamplighter.net

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