A soldier sees his fellow soldier shot and killed in the heat of battle. A fatal car accident. The devastation from a tornado. These are the images many people who see them say they have a hard time getting out of their mind. They can’t “un-see” what they saw. These images have much emotion attached to them.
Images like these stick in the heart and mind long after they have been viewed. This is what I imagine David thinking when he wrote in Psalm 101:3a “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.” For David it was the sight of Bathsheba bathing on her rooftop that stirred up the sinful thoughts of the mind and wicked flame of the heart. This is an important topic for our children and young people today as they are inundated with images each and every day. A great article by Mr. Fred Hanko’s in Covenant Christian School’s Fall 2015 school newsletter was a great reminder to me of this topic. I highly encourage you to read and share the article.
This is a real battle that my students and I must be aware of and vigilantly fight each day. In our situation at Faith Christian School, students have constant access to their iPads. Even with filters and protection, there is no perfect system that will catch everything. Solomon teaches us in Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” I recently used this text to help direct our devotional discussion about what we should let our eyes fall on. The devil knows just when and how to attack. He will maximize the temptation to reap the results he desires, which is our hearts and minds. The way he can get there is through our senses. Our eyes are one of the easiest senses to get to. These are important discussions that we must continually have to make sure we are keeping our guard up and putting on the armor of Christ daily (Eph. 6:11).
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