Screen times for Kids and the Bible

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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The fight for your attention is fierce. Everyone wants it. From advertisers to your favorite digital screen. People are willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money for your attention. There is also a great fight for the attention of our children. 

Video games and television are no longer the only culpable parties. These original gangsters have evolved as technology quickly evolves. The truth is, whatever captures our attention find a way to our heart. 

I take every word that God says seriously. The words of Deuteronomy 11 have a great weight in my heart. I believe it is because of my responsibility in the matter. 

"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates," Deut. 11:18-20 (NIV)

I am to teach while sitting at home, walking along the road when we lie down and when we get up. We are to write them down around us too. 

In the typical first-world home, screens are with us when we sit at home when we ride to different places. They are with us when we lie down and when we get up. They also dominate our smart homes. Screens can be great servants but terrible masters. 

I often wonder who is discipling my kids: God's word or whatever they see on a screen.

I'm writing to encourage you and me to take a proactive, positive, and persuasive approach to what God is asking us to do. Obedience is what will bring blessings. Ignorance to God's words will bring the opposite. 

Here are a few thoughts:
• How proactive are you when it comes to the time your kids spend on their screens?
• What are some positive things that come from teaching your kids how to be Godly about the use of screens? 
• How persuasive are you when it comes to teaching the words of the Bible to your kids? 

Lastly, we can't give what we don't have. I often take a hard look at my screen time. I often do what I require my children to do. I set boundaries for my screen use. I also set Bible reading and studying goals for myself. 

I believe that if I insist on reading the word of God, I will better understand Him and His ways. This understanding will impact my parenting and overall living. I can't require what I am not willing to do. I am constantly asking God for wisdom in this area. 

This is my prayer and encouragement for you and me today. God, give us the wisdom to fix our hearts and minds in your word more than in whatever the world has to offer through a set of expensive screens.