1) Replace the TV with good books – Neh 8:8, I Tim 4:13.
Christianity is based on a book, and reading comprehension is one of the most important skills that a child can develop. To encourage a greater love for reading, TV viewing should be strictly limited with very few exceptions - even to the point of the parents not watching anything until after the children are in bed. The TV provides instant gratification and teaches kids to be impatient. Books are more work, and they teach the value of diligence. Reading develops attentiveness, but TV and video games decrease the child’s attention span.
My most memorable game as a coach did not come from a win but rather from a loss. I had been hired earlier that year to coach the JV Basketball team for a small Christian school in North Carolina. The school’s varsity team had repeatedly finished first or second for several years in a row thanks in large part to a varsity coach who had been hired soon after his conversion because of his record for winning. In fact, the varsity team’s record was one of the major recruitment tools that the school used to grow their high school program. Their JV team, however, was not doing as well, and they hired me to teach their young players the fundamentals of the game and prepare them to compete on the varsity level.
The Clean Movie List - Part 1
With all the filth that's allowed in so-called family movies today, it can be hard to find movies that a Christian family can safely enjoy. Fortunately, there are still a lot of clean movies available if you know what to look for, and that's where the Clean Movie List comes in. Click on a title to go to that film's Amazon page, and you can start building your library of actual family movies right now.
Disclaimer: I watched many of these movies on VHS, and they were clean in that format. Unfortunately, a few of the DVD releases of these classic movies have put back in the cursing that was edited out of the VHS version. I've tried to avoid listing movies to which this has happened, but I may have overlooked a few.
There are five verses in the Book of Proverbs that have traditionally been interpreted as instruction for parents to spank their children, but many modern Christians have accepted a different view of these verses.
Over the years, I've browsed through several online lists of movies recommended for Christian teens. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them include films with decidedly anti-Christian content. Crosswalk.com's recent list of "10 Classic Movies Every Christian Teen Should Watch" provides a great example. Crosswalk has been promoting this list very heavily on facebook, but it includes films like Schindler's List with graphic and explicit nudity as well as Saving Private Ryan which is filled with R rated cursing.
Every time I read one of these lists, I end up complaining to my wife about how superficial mainline Christianity has become, and she, in turn, reminds me that I still haven't published my list of 100+ Clean Movies for Christian Families. Well, I'm still not quite ready to publish the full list of over 100 movies, but I think that I can match Crosswalk.com's list of 10 by providing my own list of 10 Christian Movies Every Godly Teen Should Watch.
Bill Fortenberry is a Christian philosopher and historian in Birmingham, AL. Bill's work has been cited in several legal journals, and he has appeared as a guest on shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Michael Hart Show, and Real Science Radio.
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