If your teenage son has a TV or laptop in his bedroom

If your teenage son has a TV or laptop in his bedroom

Today, I was talking with a father whose son is under the evil influence of another teenager in their church. Knowing this other teenager from the church has a TV in his bedroom, this father’s son tells his dad he wants a TV in his bedroom, too.

Now it’s hard for me to explain how revulsed I am by this whole situation. After talking with this dad, I told Mary Lee and she responded, “Well, his son likely has a smartphone, too.”

This is precisely and exactly and perfectly what it looks like to be both a father and a fool. But not to blame just the father; if there is a mother in the home, also, this is precisely what it looks like for a woman to tear down her house with her own hands.

Whether it’s a tablet, laptop, desktop, smartphone, or TV, no teenage boy should ever have the ability of looking at naked flesh in his bedroom!

There may be a reader wondering what’s wrong with teenage boys having tools in their bedroom that enable them to view naked flesh? If this is your question, maybe you are a fool, also.

Here is our Lord’s most serious warning:

Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.

See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:7-10)

Fathers and mothers who allow their teenage sons to have TVs in their bedrooms despise God’s little ones.

When I heard of these scandals this morning, I told my wife I believe this father is deep in pornography. There is simply no other explanation for a Christian father allowing such moral degradation in his home unless he himself has, by his own sin, become inured to moral degradation, thereby losing his capacity to recognize it and take the most basic steps to protect God’s little ones in his own home.

If this is you, dear reader, tremble. You better make changes to your life and household immediately and unequivocally.

You are in grave danger of God’s wrath consuming you and your household. He doesn’t take kindly to fathers who destroy the souls of their sons.


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About The Author

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Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church since 1996, Tim and Mary Lee have five children and lots of grandchildren. Tim's books include "Daddy Tried," The Grace of Shame," "Church Reformed," and "Elders Reformed." Tim spent ten years in the PC(USA) and twenty in the PCA. He's now a member of Evangel Presbytery.

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