Since, obviously, there are no direct scriptures to address this question, we will have to look to scriptural principles. Philippians 4:8 tells us, “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness….” Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….” Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” And so on.

If we are to develop our hearts, and those of our children, we must discriminate wisely between watching violent, immoral, fictional stories and stories which impart wholesome knowledge. Every defiling memory stored in the mind can haunt us and become a source of future temptations.

So, is there, never a time for television or other devices which bring entertainment in our homes? Certainly knowledge of our world news and the fulfillment of prophecy can be found there. Some nature shows, historical documentaries, inspiring biographies and upbuilding fiction, etc. might be valuable.

We should find our pleasure in usefulness and helpfulness. There are many wonderful opportunities for Christians to serve the Lord. A Christ-centered heart will find such delight in godly services that that Christian will scarcely know how to cease his efforts. We have given our all to the Lord, and thus, our time is His to be used as best as we can.

Additionally, it is our responsibility to guide our children to know the principles of the Bible. Children need to be educated along lines that will prepare them for the duties of life, which will not be the result of all the all weedy, trashy, immoral material so widely available on the media today.

These are high standards. We seek to hold ourselves to the highest ideals. We cannot, however, judge others along these lines as we each have the liberty to make our own decisions.