Usually when a preacher mentions the things that I am going to mention in this article, he becomes really unpopular. But, as most preachers, we recognize the importance of what I am about to mention and will be able to bear such unpopularity, hopefully for only a short while. Most of this comes from an article I read in the Northside Anchor bulletin from Calhoun, GA. “Have we allowed our eyes to adjust to darkness?” by Ron Hall.
Many people have become desensitized to violence and abnormal behavior. It comes from movies, TV programs, social media, the internet, video games, and smart phones that all contribute to this mindset. Such desensitization leads to a moral breakdown in our society unseen by previous generations. One major, if not the primary, contributor to this behavior is the new generation of VIOLENT video games, i.e., Fortnite, Battleground, Apex Legends, Battle Royal, etc. One writer, who covers media trends, wrote: “You know Fortnite is incredibly popular. But did you know it’s even bigger than some of this year’s biggest blockbuster movies? Bigger than the NFL? Bigger than virtually anything on television in fact?”… (Toni Fitzgerald Media Life). Studies show that violent video games are significantly associated with: increased aggressive behavior, thoughts, and affect; increased physiological arousal; and decreased prosocial (helping) behavior… (Anderson & Bushman, 2001). If we think that our kids, or adults for that matter, can fill their minds with violence/evil/dark entertainment?? and it have no consequences, we are deceiving ourselves (Gal. 6:7-8).
Today’s technology brings this darkness into our private spaces 24/7 via the internet, TV, smartphones, etc. Many are downloading this darkness right into our lives, and most times it’s FREE! Well, then you are prompted to purchase all sorts of prizes and rewards. We are talking multi-billion dollar businesses. According to ESA, 2018 recorded a revenue breaking year for the gaming industry, with total video game sales exceeding $43.4 billion. As the leading form of entertainment today, video games are an integral part of American culture (ESA Entertainment Software Assoc.). Sadly, many of these video games focusstrictly on violence – the dark side. Dangerous for any group, but especially vulnerable are those between the ages of 12 to 18. According to a Wikipedia survey, the majority of these kids prefer the games rated “M” (mature) or “AO” (adult-only).
NOTICE THIS POINT – The sad reality is that kids who spend any time playing these type games are gradually “adjusting to the darkness” and become desensitized to God’s moral standards. Do you think it is any better for the adults? Parents, don’t allow your children to spend their time filling their minds with such darkness. What did Paul say we should fill our minds with (Phil. 4:8)? Once our children become comfortable with the darkness of this world they will become desensitized to what sin really is and its deadly effect on their social and spiritual lives. It will be much harder to bring them back to the light (God’s moral standard) once their minds have been seared with darkness. What do our children become when you allow them to spend time in these dark places? Parents, don’t allow your children to adjust to Satan’s dark world. Don’t let Satan win the battle for your children’s souls. Keep them in the light (Gal. 4:16). Watch what our children are feeding upon. Jesus warned, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). “…For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34-35). In the Bible, God calls evil – darkness, and good – light (Eph. 5:8-14). Darkness is associated with all things bad while light is associated with that which is good (1 Pet. 2:9).
Don’t let your eyes adjust to the darkness! What a great warning to Christian families today. Don’t let Satan take your children without a fight! That means, parents, you’ll have to be more careful with where your eyes are focused.