and Sounds and Criminality
set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside;
it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not
know a wicked person. Ps. 101:3, 4.
There is reason for deep solicitude on your part for your children, who have
temptations to encounter at every advance step. It is impossible for them
to avoid contact with evil associates. . . . They will see sights, hear sounds,
and be subjected to influences which are demoralizing and which, unless they
are thoroughly guarded, will imperceptibly but surely corrupt the heart and
deform the character. . . .
and mothers are so indifferent, so careless, that they think it makes no difference
whether their children attend a church school or a public school. "We
are in the world," they say, "and we cannot get out of it."
But, parents, we can get a good way out of the world, if we choose to do so.
We can avoid seeing many of the evils that are multiplying so fast in these
active minds of children and youth the scenes pictured in imaginary revelations
of the future are realities. As revolutions are predicted and all manner of
proceedings described that break down the barriers of law and self-restraint,
many catch the spirit of these representations. They are led to the commission
of crimes even worse, if possible, than these sensational writers depict.
Through such influences as these society is becoming demoralized. The seeds
of lawlessness are sown broadcast. None need marvel that a harvest of crime
is the result. . .
"I will not spend precious moments in reading that which will be of no
profit to me, and which only unfits me to be of service to others. I will
devote my time and my thoughts to acquiring a fitness for God's service. I
will close my eyes to frivolous and sinful things. My ears are the Lord's,
and I will not listen to the subtle reasoning of the enemy. My voice shall
not in any way be subject to a will that is not under the influence of the
Spirit of God. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and every power of
my being shall be consecrated to worthy pursuits."