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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Watching Soaps Corrupts The Mind

[I have received numerous complaints about the lack of updates on my blog. I think that I have concentrated too much on Facebook. I plead guilty. I am back! I hope that this renewed commitment will last, after the number of rebukes I have received. Let us wait and see. So, here we go!]


I am concerned about the number of soaps that have invaded our television channels. I have no doubt that they must be popular. Otherwise, why would the owners of television stations multiply them so much? They must be bringing in stashes of cash for the shareholders.

My concern is with the moral effects of these soaps, especially on the minds of the young and impressionable. Young people easily believe what they watch on television. Thus even if they go to church on Sunday, the soaps end up dictating their views of life.

The result of this is that even if the Bible clearly teaches that sex must only be left to married people, many Christian young people have their views of love and romance moulded by the dirty and immoral programs that they make their daily evening diet on television. 

They soak themselves in the mucky sewer waters that gush out of those programs until their very lives also begin to stink in the same way. They forget that the movie directors are mostly godless and care nothing about the Bible and its Ten Commandments. 

Hence, the very thread on which the soaps move from one episode to another is one adulterous affair after another. This one is having an affair with that one, but he does not know that that one already has an affair with that other one, who has a child with the first one, and that child who is now an adult is having an affair with that other one’s father, and…the sordid details go on ad infinitum, ad nauseam!

It is basic computer language, “Rubbish in; rubbish out.” You cannot continue watching sexually explicit movies with an immoral bias without awakening sexual appetites with an immoral bias within you. It is simple common sense.

The Bible says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20). By watching those blue movies, you are making yourself a companion of fools and so do not be surprised when you finally suffer harm.

The Bible also warns young people, saying in Song of Solomon 2:7, “Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and wild deer, not to awaken love until the time is right.” When you are watching those blue movies as young people, you are awakening appetites within you when there is no way in which you can righteously satisfy them. The time is not right! Therefore, you end up satisfying those desires outside marriage. 

So, the way forward is: Do not watch those movies, they are poisonous to your soul! If you have already polluted your soul with the rubbish that comes from there, go to Christ and ask him to cleanse your soul with the blood that he shed on Calvary. He will do it.

2 comments:

  1. I totally, agree. What we let in our mind shapes out thinking and our thinking informs our behavior. And once dirty images are implanted on our minds, they're hard to get rid of, better to not even start. I think that's why scripture exhorts us to renew our minds: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-3"

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  2. Thank you for posting this . In my pastoral ministry I have had first hand experience and dealings and counselling with those who are addicted to soapies and who have found themselves living in these sordid stories - very disturbing stuff!

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