Social media was recently buzzing about a show premiering on Netflix. Many from my generation were counting down the days until it began. If you’re thinking of Fuller House, you are absolutely correct. I rarely watched the original Full House because we didn’t have cable. On rare occasions I watched the sitcom at either my cousin’s or my best friend’s house. However, I have watched numerous reruns of the show. I, too, had high hopes about Fuller House.
Candace Cameron Bure was one of the stars of the original Full House. During the taping of the original show, she wasn’t a Christian. She later accepted Christ and since then has accepted mostly wholesome family acting roles. More recently, she has taken a seat on The View, albeit my skepticism about her decision, but she has stuck to her Christian views. Although I have no desire to watch the show, I am very proud of her for being a light in such dark places. Here are a couple of clips and articles of her standing up for her faith:
Having said that, I truly felt this show would be a family oriented show because of her strong faith and belief. When she appeared on Dancing with the Stars, she stated unapologetically that she would take a stand for modesty. While her costumes were immodest to some, I felt she did try for the most part to take a stand. See some clips here:
On Candace’s page she was promoting Fuller House as a “Family Friendly” show. I trusted what she said until this article appeared in my Facebook feed one day. You can read it here. I tried not to make such a big deal out of it. I did try to reach out to Candace multiple times to ask her personally about the article. Am I some big wig Hollywood producer type that everyone answers to? Obviously not. However, she has made numerous comments on her Facebook page that she reads all the comments. In fact, she danced around my questions, but never answered my question. Instead, she answered questions regarding her clothes, shoes, etc. I guess if I was in her shoes (no pun intended), I would have avoided my question as well.
As the show’s premiere date approached, Fuller House parties were filling the social media feeds with plans to binge watch all the original Full House episodes in one sitting. It was at that point my fears were confirmed. So I made THIS post on my blog Facebook page. People were coming from the four corners of the country. Profile names I have never heard of were visiting my page to tell me their thoughts. I was cursed. I was called a bigot. I was called names for appropriate for a person of any age, let alone children. I was even made fun of. For what? Because I have an opinion? Maybe. All this was over a TV show and the fact that I didn’t agree with their opinion. Keep in mind this was also done in the name of “Christ” telling me to “judge not lest ye be judged.”
I get it. I understand where this defense comes from…..to a point. Once upon a time I watched Days of Our Lives, mainly because my mom watched it. The church I grew up in never talked about the entertainment choices we made. Honestly, I didn’t think it was that bad to watch shows such as Days of Our Lives. Social media wasn’t around to record our every move, every emotion, or every time we went to the bathroom. I watched Days of Our Lives through college and even after giving birth to my oldest. He was a baby when the Lord convicted me that I needed to stop watching that show. The storyline when I quit watching the show was Marlena was possessed. I did know enough to know that was not of God. The same as when the show Will and Grace aired. I refrained from watching that show, also, because I knew that was not of God.My mom had taught me discernment with homosexuality so I knew that show was bad from the get go. When I say “not of God,” I’m referring to the choices, both entertainment or otherwise, that are pleasing to God, His Holy Word. All things are permissible, but not all are beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23).
I have written series on Modesty and Entertainment. Here are the links I would like to share with you. Just click the pictures and they will take you to the posts.
I also have a whole series on porn HERE.
On my Facebook page, people shared over and again how as Christians we are not to judge. “Judge not lest ye be judged” is the most misused, misinterpreted and misunderstood scripture in our time. In fact, Matthew 7:1 is often used to justify sin. Too many churches nowadays are scared to offend that they have turned to preaching only about love. They have sadly taught many Christians that Jesus had only one personality. I am saddened by this misrepresentation of the scripture. It is a growing trend among Christians to want their “Get out of hell free card” and to have zero fruit or growth in Christ. A while back my husband wrote a few posts that again are applicable here. One is on judging. In order to answer questions about this we must ALWAYS seek the Lord for answers.
The next one is on the new Christian Cliche.
Currently I am participating in a Bible study at my church. It is The Armor Of God by Priscilla Shirer. In the study, she speaks about things that we may think are of God or things we think are permissible, regardless of our Christian faith. She says that we must run everything under the light of God’s Word. She uses a comparison of when we go to the airport to fly the agent takes our identification and runs it under the light in order to verify it. This is what we are supposed to do with all decisions – what we do, what we read, where we go, and what we watch on TV. If it doesn’t match up to God’s Holy Word, we should avoid it. [bctt tweet=” If it doesn’t match up to God’s Holy Word, we should avoid it.”]
Sadly, so many think that it doesn’t apply to what we read, watch and do. They believe that there is a gray area in the Bible somewhere that allows us to pick and choose. As I mentioned above, all things are permissible. In some ways we can pick. God allows us free choice. However, He DOES give guidelines how to pick and He has hopes that those of us who are in Christ will pick correctly.
There are many ways to make sure that your family and your own entertainment is wholesome. You can find reviews by a simple search of your entertainment choice. Plugged In Online is a wonderful resource. Another wonderful resource is Dove. Personally, I like Dove reviews because they are a little pickier than Plugged In. I am also a member in a Facebook group grounded on their faith in Christianity. In this group we discuss movies and TV shows that are on the Roku, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. You can find that group HERE.
Clay and I have taken things a step further, though. I had planned to save this post for Thrifty Thursday, but I feel the Lord calling me to go ahead and share it now.
When we were in Washington, the Lord was laying it on our heart to ditch cable/DirectTV. There was very little we watched because of all the filth. It’s got to the point that it’s almost impossible to watch a commercial that doesn’t glamorize sin. The main reason we didn’t ditch our DirectTV was ESPN. My hubby loves his sports. He kept saying if we could find something that had ESPN he would be on board to cancel. A few weeks prior to leaving Washington, he finally agreed to cancel it, but then orders came and we were running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get our affairs in order. The Army always had a way of giving us orders on short notice! He was preparing to head overseas again and I just wanted him to enjoy his time before he left. After he left, the kids and I stayed at my parents’ house in WV until we closed on our house here. Since it wasn’t my house, I didn’t have a say in the TV, which was also DirectTV. My Dad enjoys certain shows that I tried to hide my kids from. When Clay came back home in April, I had DirectTV installed so he could have his ESPN. The transition back to family life is often tough, so I wanted to ease him back into full-time family life. The first year of service was fairly cheap, especially since he landed a job at AT&T and received the employee discount. However, I count for you on one hand the channels we watched. We rarely watched anything through DirectTV. I will say that is one addition to the DVR I do appreciate it – the ability to skip through commercials. There’s nothing like being asked about erectile dysfunction from a 6-year-old. On occasion, Clay would watch ESPN, but he kind of weaned himself from it while overseas. He also downloaded the ESPN Radio app to his iPad. During this time, I had begun monthly Frugal Living posts on my blog. It’s difficult to share with people on how to save money when I’m throwing it away. I also joined several Dave Ramsey groups and got serious about us cutting wasteful expenditures even more. So we prayed about it. After a few weeks of praying about it, I noticed Clay researching something on his computer. When I asked, he said it’s time to cut ties with DirectTV. He researched some internet based television providers and decided to go with SlingTV. Although cutting ties with DirectTV was to cut costs, it was more importantly done to protect our family and keep innocent eyes innocent and pure. I enjoy watching good, clean, wholesome shows as a family. Even as I type this post, my kiddos and I are sitting in the living room watching a clean show right now. There are ways to watch wholesome family shows without a popular service provider such as cable, Uverse or DirectTV. We found another option of enjoying entertainment choices without compromising the Word of God. How did we do it?
Hello SlingTV. If you haven’t heard of this option, you are seriously missing out! ***Disclaimer: this is not an advertisement for SlingTV. I am not receiving payment from them nor am I an affiliate.*** SlingTV provides all the channels we enjoy plus ESPN for Clay without the cost of DirectTV. In fact, our list bill from DirectTV was $159.08. Want to take a guess on the cost of Sling TV? If you guessed $20 a month you are correct! All you need is a device that is able to stream video through the internet. We have a Roku3 that we bought while in Washington. Talk about massive savings! It doesn’t end there though.
I mentioned Dove earlier for their reviews. Not only do we use Dove for their reviews, we also stream the Dove Channel. Simply put, this channel is amazing! It has wholesome family friendly shows, movies, and even educational programs that are interesting. Currently, Dove Channel has a 3 month special trial. You can click here to take advantage of that! Once our trial is over, we will be charged for the service. Wait! What?! What about frugal living? We will be paying less than $5 a month for this. So far, we are up to $25 for wholesome family entertainment choices. Still a massive savings!!!
Many of you have heard of PureFlix (producers of God’s Not Dead). They also have a movie channel where you can watch movies and TV shows, too! I love it! Once that trial is over, we will pay $7 per month. That gives us a total of $32 per month with a savings of $127 so far!
We also have NetFlix. I am sure most of y’all have heard about this little gem! You can sign up and it is about $8 a month. That brings our total to $40 a month. I will take it! I remember back when my grandma used to pay about that for cable! Our savings so far is $119 per month vs DirectTV!
We have so many more options to choose from. We no longer have to worry about muting commercials or getting enticed to watch something that isn’t desirable to our family or our Christian walk. Instead of wasting $159.08 for TV we won’t watch, we are now paying $40 a month for shows that we will watch and enjoy; shows our kids can watch without the worry of what they might see or hear; shows that have commercials about material that doesn’t line up to God’s Holy Word.
Finally, on the Roku, there is also an app called VidAngel. One word: amazing! The app allows you to set parental guidelines for viewing. You can get as strict as you would like. You can block out sexual scenes, cursing/bad language and even kissing scenes. For example, my oldest has been begging to watch American Sniper as soon as he heard about it. He knew that the language made it off-limits. He will even make the personal choice to not watch movies with bad language. I am glad he has learned to be discerning on his own. Anyway, because he loves America, he loves the Chris Kyle story, and he loves his dad who is a retired Soldier, he still wanted to see it for those reasons. Well, through VidAngel he was able to watch it without ANY language issues! Once you set up an account, you pay $20 for your movie rental. However, after you watch it, you have the option of selling it back through the app. The $20 is a deposit into your account. From here, you have the option of renting a standard definition movie for $1, or a high definition movie for $2. We paid the $20 to watch the movie and sold it back for $18. To sum it up, we watched American Sniper in high-definition for $2 without any of the foul language!
In conclusion, it DOES matter what we watch, read, and do. God does care. We simply cannot get saved, obtain our “get out of hell free card” and have zero fruit in our lives. We must strive to please Him in all things. Entertainment is one of these. As we grow in Christ we should be getting rid of anything that could cause us to have a wall between us and our a replationship with our heavenly Father.
Ephesians 5:27 states, “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”