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TV: then, now, and guarding hearts

"I Love Lucy" was a great show.  I still like to watch it occasionally.  In the early 1950's Lucy became pregnant with their second child.  After much debate, the decision was made to let the pregnancy become a part of the "I Love Lucy" show.  TV didn't show pregnant women at the time so this decision was a big deal.  For fear of offending their audience, the censors would not allow the word "pregnant" on the air.  Instead, they used "expecting".  Contrast that with today's TV.  Then you couldn't say "pregnant" and now they show you how to get pregnant.

At abcnews.go.com/Primetime/PollVault/story, you will find a poll that states the following: "Among 13-year-olds, for example, 36 percent have kissed romantically; at 14 it shoots up to 61 percent, and among 17-year-olds it's 84 percent. Fifteen percent of 13-year-olds report sexual touching; that more than doubles to 38 percent of 14-year-olds, then jumps to 63 percent of 17-year-olds."

Even the titles of TV shows are outrageous.  Please tell me no one lets their young daughter watch "Sex and the City" or "Secret Diary of a Call Girl".  It's gone way too far.  Proverbs 4:23 says "Watch over your heart with all diligence…"  We must teach our kids to guard their hearts!  In America, you're weird if you don't have a boyfriend at the age of 13!  That's just stupid!  Just because a girl's body begins to change does not mean she needs a boyfriend.  This change is so the girl won't remain a child.  It's a time to begin putting away childish things and learning to do things that will make her a godly wife and mother if that's what God calls her to be.  It's a time to pursue interests, learn to care for a home, study, and enjoy life.  These are the things that will help her through life whether a husband enters the picture or not.  Join me in a crusade to help our daughters have pure thoughts and use their time wisely.  God can do great things with teens who are willing to follow his word and guard their hearts.

For more on this topic, I highly recommend you and your daughter reading, Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally. 

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