Protect the Children

Protect the Children

October 3, 2019

I am grateful to have grown up without television. My first experience was probably during seventh grade on a black-and-white TV with a fuzzy picture and a lot of “snow.” It was not in our home, so the experience was brief. My memories of any significant amount of television are after Carol and I were married and we purchased a small Philco unit for just over $100.00 (I did a spell-check on “Philco,” and my computer does not even recognize the word!).

In contrast, when I read statistics of how many hours a child typically watches TV today, I am worried. Add to that cell phones. Look around in a restaurant and the kids are glued to the parent’s – or their own – device. They do not need to be involved in any conversation – just entertained by that connection to the world.

I wonder how families handle watching the news on TV when there are so many stories and photos of crime, people doing mean things to other people, advertisements that even adults should not be watching, and language that is disgusting. Should young families just avoid the exposure or try to use it as an opportunity to educate children about the realities of life?

I would not promote shielding children from everything negative. They need to learn how to live in this broken world without being ruined by it. But they need protection from overexposure to a culture that is far from Biblical.

A kid needs to get to be a kid while that is an option. We must find ways to let this develop without being overprotective. We follow this principle with young plants. I want to find ways to help this work with young families, too.

Pastor Bill Ehmann

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.


It Is Time

By wvbaptist | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

June 3, 2020 It was perhaps 18 years ago that a couple of people suggested I should write a weekly blog. I did not know what a “blog” was, but Ponder with Pastor Bill came out of that idea. It […]

Did Jesus Feel Confined?

By wvbaptist | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 20, 2020 It feels strange, almost wrong, for me to ask this question: How could the Creator and Controller of the universe be held in captivity by it? I hope I am not dabbling in something inappropriate, but this […]

Dark Cloud – Silver Lining

By wvbaptist | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 13, 2020 Creator God gives us a statement of beauty and hope when He puts a silver lining around a dark cloud in the sky. He reminds us that the darkness is temporary and there is something more powerful […]

Poder Increíble 

By wvbaptist | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Meditación con el pastor Bill 6 de mayo de 2020 Sentado en mi silla de tratamiento esta semana frente a una ventana que me daba una vista para el Monte St. Helens, cubierto de nieve sobre un fondo azul cielo. […]

Amazing Power

By wvbaptist | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 6, 2020 My treatment chair this week faced a window that provided a frame for Mount St. Helens, covered with snow against a sky-blue background. It was a magnificent scene, and I had plenty of time to enjoy it […]

Scroll to Top