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Published On: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Billy Graham warns parents: media exposure brings ‘violence, sexual immorality, greed’ to your children

The Rev. Billy Graham has warned parents of media exposure on children, cautioning that constant exposure to the “violence, sexual immorality, greed, and so forth” in today’s media can teach children to act contrary to what their parents may be teaching them.
In his answer to a question from a parent in the “My Answers” section of his website, the famous evangelist cautioned parents that constant exposure to the “violence, sexual immorality, greed” in media can teach children to act contrary to what their parents may be teaching them.
photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

“Raising our children is one of the most important responsibilities God gives us, and neglecting it or leaving it to others can be disastrous,” Graham writes, pointing to Proverbs 22:6, which says: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

Graham them offers advice for how to raise Godly children:
“First, commit your lives and your family to Christ. God loves you, and He is more concerned about your children than you are. Make Christ your foundation, and begin rebuilding your family on God’s will. Then ask God to help you give more attention to your children. Do things together as a family […] teach your children how they should live (both by your example and your words) […] pray with them […] monitor what they watch […] and seek out a church with an active Christ-centered youth program.”

Graham has previously spoken on the impact entertainment can have on a child’s values, writing in an earlier blog post that “our children are influenced by everything they see and hear, including things that former generations never had available to them.”

The evangelical leader adds that children decide between right and wrong “by what they observe — both in our lives and the lives of others.”

“If they grow up thinking there’s nothing wrong with violence, sexual immorality, greed, or anything else they see in the media, why are we surprised if they adopt those ways of living? The media can be a powerful influence on young people, for good or for ill,” the Baptist minister added, citing Proverbs 23:19 which reads: “Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path.”

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