An article by ED VITAGLIANO | AFA Journal News Editor in the AFA Journal, 3/3/2005, gives us some insight into what this type of TV program and this culture are doing to us:
“‘Values voter’ hypocrisy?
It is precisely the show’s sex quotient that has piqued the interest of some culture critics, who see a bit of irony here. As they see it, the big fans of Desperate Housewives – and shows like it – apparently include many of the voters in the “red states”…That is, the so-called “values voters.”
…New York Times media reporter Bill Carter wrote a column following his interviews with TV executives, and basically charged values voters with hypocrisy: “Many who voted for ‘values’ still like their television sin,” he said in the title of his piece.
Carter wrote: “So if it is true that the public’s electoral choices are a cry for more morally driven programming, … why are so many people, even in the markets surrounding the (conservative areas in the country), watching a sex-drenched television drama [like Desperate Housewives]?'”
So the thing to ask ourselves, is why are we? Have we spent so much time in the world and so little in the Word that we aren’t convicted?
Proverbs is a unique book in the Bible, it cries out for us to listen to wisdom, to get knowledge and understanding and it points out that these things come from God—and from his Word. A wise man, the scripture says, will hear and increase learning.
Proverbs 1:10 & 15 and many other verses make it plain that if sinners (or evil doers) entice us, that we are not to give in to them, we are not to go along with them. In fact, we are to flee. Yet, we will sit and be enticed and laugh at adultery, fornication, cursing, screaming, and deceit in television shows like these and think somehow that it is okay. Chapter 4:14 says to “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil.” The book tells us over and over that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Do we have that fear, that reverence for God in our hearts anymore?
When I read Chapters 3,5,6,7 and the warnings to men against adulterous women; and I compare that to what is happening on TV, I see a great chasm of what is in our culture today and how the Bible wants women to be. God calls for us to be chaste, modest, keepers at home. He wants us to love others not to desire and lust after things and men who do belong to others.
Women today are becoming more sexualized by what they are watching and reading. This is not a good thing as many would have us believe, because the type of sexuality being portrayed is that of sex before marriage, adultery after marriage, and lesbianism. It is the addiction of lust.
We, as women, need to turn back to the Bible and begin to seek out its truth, its wisdom and to find out what God wants us to be and then ask him for the strength to be set free from the bondage of the culture.