The more adult I become the more I realize how much our society has become like Isaiah 5:20 or
2 Nephi 15:20 .
Perhaps it is the fact that social media makes information more readily available or that at the touch of a finger you have access to thousands and thousands of articles about world events.
This society is so messed up in their thinking and the way they perceive things to be. It wasn't until I started working with adults that I realized just how bad things really were. Nannying really shielded my eyes and helped me feel that everything in the world was right. I'm grateful for those years of "innocence" that I was able to experience because I feel as though if I hadn't experienced that I wouldn't be as shocked at the way Satan is able to control people. In this circumstance, shock is a good thing because it means you are still able to feel surprised and upset.
Let me explain a little further. Did you know that by the time a child turns 18, on average they have seen 16,000 murders on movies or tv? That is nearly 900 murders a year, and almost 3 a day! Is that a shocking statistic to you?? What does that statistic say about our society? What message does that send children? It makes me sick to my stomach to think that a child witnesses a murder nearly 3 times EVERY day! That is not something we should be proud of. Unfortunately, television and movies have become such a prevalent thing in our life that it is hard to guard against a child seeing that.
It takes about 7 times for our brain to remember something and it takes about 7 times doing something we are uncomfortable with to be comfortable with it.
The first time you were exposed to a murder in a tv show you were probably super uncomfortable and you knew that it wasn't normal or okay for someone to do that, but the more times you watched a murder happened on a show or movie the more numb your brain became to it and it no longer became a shock. It is like that with everything we see and everything we do.
There are many people who talk about wanting to change the world, but how can you change the world if you haven't first changed yourself? When you commit to being true at all times you will be able to change the world. Being true at all times means being the same person you are no matter who you are with, no matter where you are, and especially being the same person you are with a group of people and when you are alone.
The devil is orchestrating self-destruction in our literature, in our art, in the movies, on the radio, in our dress, on our social platforms, on the TV screen, and even in popular music. Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home, family and our own individuality. The world continually proves the warning of good things looking bad and bad things looking good.
We cannot compromise with evil, if we do, evil will always win. We think that things we watch, read, or listen to have little to no effect on us but even if your favorite tv show has a little bit of sexual content and it shows just enough for you to know what is going to happen, and the couple are married, it is fine to be watching it. With any form of justification we let evil win. We just gave Satan the key to unlock the door and enter into our hearts and minds.
It seems that the world cheapens, weakens and downgrades anything that is lovely, of good report or praiseworthy and it makes it so hard to keep out the evil. It is becoming ever more difficult to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. Satan is so clever and cunning in the way he blends the good with the bad, and the bad with the good. He knows exactly how and when to strike
“The philosophy of relativism attacks the eternal principles of truth. The relativist will say, ‘If one sees filthy implications in a popular song,[or show] it is because he has a dirty mind.’ The logic of this philosophy finds its fallacy in the word implications. No filth is implied in many of the lyrics [or show]. It is proclaimed.”
We live in the best of times because we have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and it brings true hope and happiness to millions of lives, and is available to anyone who will accept it, but because we live in the best of times, Satan’s tempest is ever raging. He is relentless and will not give up in his fight to bring you down to the depths or misery and endless wo.
What are some ways you have been able to overcome the evils of the world and protect your family from the enticings of the devil?
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