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Discovery Magazine 10/1/2008

Be Careful Little Eyes

by  AP Staff

There are a lot of things we learn as small children that really help us throughout life. For example, we memorize songs like “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.” When we’re younger, we may not think much about it, because we simply think of it as a fun song. However, these simple words are full of life-changing wisdom.

The psalmist once declared: “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3). In other words, if he had a choice about it, he was not going to watch or look at anything sinful. Every Christian should have this attitude. Paul told the Romans that our love for God should be consistent, and then he defined how this could be done: “Abhor [or hate] what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). It should make us sick to see sinful activity, and if we “despise” evil as we should, then we will have no problem shielding it from our sight. However, this type of attitude toward sin is not as common as it should be. Sometimes, evil things are placed before us without our consent. But many times, people choose to place evil things before their eyes. More often than not, this happens when we look for entertainment. Consider what we watch on television, or what movies we see. When we buy tickets to, or rent, an R-rated movie, we may be choosingto allow sinful things to be placed before our eyes. And though it may not seem like a “big deal” at first, the more we do it, the more we get used to seeing it, and the less we “abhor” evil.

This is not what God has in mind for us. Peter told us that “as He [God] who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16). The evil things that this world calls “entertainment,” should not be the things that entertain the children of God (1 John 2:15). Remember, those movies and television shows are not our only sources of entertainment. If we choose to do so, we can find amusement in the pure and innocent things of life. May we always remember these precious words: “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see.” 

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