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Television has become a tool in which violent material can infiltrate our homes and minds In fact an alarming statistic is that a child will see over 8000 murders and 100 000 acts of violence before they even finish elementary school For this reason I have chosen to discuss violence in the media and a Christians response to it To begin lets look at the staggering increases in crime rates Between 1986 and 1991 the number of child abuse victims increase 40 Children were 244 more likely to be killed by a gun in 1993 than in 1986 These two statistics alone show that though our culture might be moving ahead at a rapid pace we are also becoming more and more corrupted as we go In fact the amount of violent crimes occurring in the US is 560 more than in 1960 Something is happening to our country Why are violent crimes abuse and murder up so much in such a short amount of time Well in Proverbs 237 it talks about what a man thinketh in his heart so he is Essentially it is saying what you think and say fits you to a T If you think about and dwell on violent things you will become a violent person People who push violent advertising often say that violence on television in no way affects a person however they are convinced that a 30 second advertisement will affect people enough to get them to go out and buy something What is the difference except that they give more time to the violent acts on TV than they give to commercials Thus it could be stated that if a 30 second commercial will affect you then a 30 minute television show will affect you even more As we look back over previous cultures the most lasting and interesting items they leave behind are their works of art It can be said that we have
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