If you can get ‘em laughing
You can sell ‘em anything
–old sales advice..
So What are they laughing at? And what are they buying?
Parents often think that if their children aren’t watching the really racy shows with nudity, swearing, and violence that they are doing okay.
What they may not be aware of is that the consensus on values in these shows has an impact on a student’s values. As teens spend more time with these comedies than with bible reading and church combined, they begin to assume that values presented are not that bad or “pretty normal.” Biblical values seem unfounded and foreign to their experience in comparison.
It is not just seeing something once that does this. It is the consistency across shows and networks. It is the constant repetition of these same themes again and again that leaves the impression that “everybody thinks like this!” A student’s worldview is shaped more by popular culture than it is based on scripture.
Here are a few common themes that shows normalize and teens accept.…