Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. —Matthew 5:8, KJV

One of the easiest ways Christians can keep pure hearts is to avoid entertainment options that portray bad behaviors and encourage sin.

In today’s society, children have access to more sinful entertainment than ever before. It is literally just a click or a push of a button away.

One way for you to stay on top of this issue is to educate yourself on television programs that may seem harmless at first glance, but is really full of negative behaviors and sinful topics.

If you can form a list of TV shows your kids should avoid, you will be taking the first step toward guarding their pure hearts. Here are some shows coming this fall that should be added to your list to avoid.

“How I Met Your Mother” – CBS

Sadly, some of the funniest shows on TV have some of the worst content. “How I Met Your Mother” is hilarious. It is a well-produced show with a great cast and excellent writing. The only problem: most of the stories in the show revolve around sex or relationships that include premarital sex.

Neil Patrick Harris plays the ultimate “ladies man” who tries hundreds of different ways to trick women into one-night stands. For most of the show, he wants nothing to do with real relationships and seeks out meaningless sex. Eventually he does want more meaningful relationships, but this running theme seems to make it into just about every episode.

“The Big Bang Theory” – CBS

Here’s another show that is really funny and well made. However, the focus of this show is on super smart geniuses who work in various science-related fields and all the various interactions they have with each other and “dumb people.”

The show obviously follows non-Christian theories and even goes as far as mocking Christianity through the use of a guest star. She plays a mother of one of the main characters and is a “Bible thumping” evangelist who is always portrayed as over-the-top. The geeks then mock her beliefs.

“Law & Order: SVU” – NBC

There have been several spinoff shows from the original ”Law & Order” over the years. The original show focused primarily on murder cases and showed the cops who investigated the crimes and the lawyers who tried the cases in court.

This particular spinoff show focuses on sexual crimes and crimes against children. So every episode is about rape, child molestation, kidnapping, child abuse and things of that nature. Does this stuff happen in real life? Yes. Everyday. Do we need to constantly remind ourselves that it happens and watch gruesome stories about it in our free time? Nope.

“New Girl” – FOX

“New Girl” is almost entirely about sex outside of marriage. The basic plot follows a single female who moves in with three single male roommates. There is sexual tension between several of them and all four of the roommates are constantly bringing partners home for casual sex. Virtually every episode includes sex-based jokes and lewd behavior. “New Girl” does not just portray premarital sex as acceptable, it encourages it.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Philippians 4:8, KJV

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