Garbage in, Garbage Out
Monitoring Content We Consume Daily
by J.M. Troppello
My husband and I like to watch TV. We don’t watch too much. Yet, the shows and movies that we’d like to watch have so much profanity, nudity etc. Even shows on local channels have been pushing the limit with their programming lately.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2, NKJV)
In this passage from Romans 12:1-2, we are encouraged not to be conformed to this world. Rather, we should be transformed by the renewing of our mind. When we do this, that is “good and acceptable and the perfect will of God.”
I love historical shows.
I recently watched Versailles on Netflix. However, there were so many intimate scenes that I had to fast forward through them. It was quite annoying to have to do that. However, I really wanted to watch the show due to the historical content.
Making Some Changes
I heard about VidAngel while listening to the Glenn Beck Radio Show. They were offering a special where you could try the service for just $1.00 for the first month. We signed up and I’m glad we did. It will cost $9.99 per month after that. However, for us, it’s worth it.
There are some drawbacks like you can’t use it for every streaming service.
VidAngel is compatible with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. We also subscribe to the Paramount+ (CBS) service. We canceled that app and then signed up for it under our Amazon Prime account so that it will be compatible with the VidAngel service.
We watched some movies on Amazon Prime recently. It was so nice to be able to watch a rated R movie (because we liked the storyline), but all the bad parts were automatically skipped.
We simply set up the parameters for what we didn’t want to see like sex scenes or very specific swear words etc. Once we set up the filters and saved them, we didn’t have to worry about saving filters again.
We signed up for VidAngel two weeks ago.
At that time, the show Outlander was not available on VidAngel. I checked again this week and the show was available. I was happy about that because I watched four seasons on Netflix. I had to do the same thing I did with Versailles—fast forward through the bad scenes. Now, I won’t have to do that.
We like the show Outer Banks on Netflix and Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime.
We watched season one for both of them prior to having VidAngel. Once we got VidAngel, we watched season two for both shows. It was amazing how many swear words were filtered out. I hadn’t even realized how many swear words had been in those shows.
It's amazing how desensitized we can become to violence, profanity, and nudity etc.
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23, NKJV)
It’s so important to monitor what we see each day.
I’ve also had to stop spending so much time on social media and stopped watching the news as much since both were depressing me.
The expression, “Garbage in, Garbage out” originated in the IT programming field by early IBM programmer, George Fuechsel. Since then, people have used this phrase to refer to eating healthier. I also like to think of it to refer to watching what type of content I consume each day.
If I consume negative content, that negatively impacts my life—body, soul, and spirit. We should all pay more attention to what we watch each day.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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