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PLAYING TO FAMILIES

Pray for the Church to be sensitive to what we watch and what we support by what we watch, as well as for growing discernment about our use of technology. May God speak to each of us about our own media consumption. Share what He is showing you. Leave a comment below.

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Mt 6:22-23)

“After angering some pro-family audiences with recent programming, Netflix this week promised to release more shows that appeal to families and people of faith.

Viewers recently have had several good reasons to criticize the streaming service: Last month, comedian Michelle Wolf held a “salute to abortion” on her daily Netflix variety show; in early June, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings responded to criticism of a drama depicting teen suicide by commenting, “Nobody has to watch it”; and with last month’s release of Anne with an E, Season 2, Netflix raised the ire of conservatives, book purists, and smaller Christian media outlets—though not as much as one might expect, considering multiple homosexual storylines.

Netflix rarely discloses viewership numbers, though they track them obsessively. The company can identify, down to the subscriber, who is watching what content, how often, and in how much time. (In 2015, Netflix said it had identified one watcher who streamed an entire season of House of Cards—13 episodes—in the first 13 hours after its release, with only three minutes of break time.)

The numbers must be telling Netflix that more family-oriented shows will perform well. On Sunday, Cindy Holland, the company’s vice president of original series, told reporters that families are an important audience for Netflix, and that it was “focused on really building out a robust slate of family-friendly programming.” When pressed about what kind of programing, she gave no specifics.

“We have 109 million members and they’re not all going to like the same things,” Holland told The Hollywood Reporter in December. “We have a good opportunity to provide a really broad, diverse, and deep slate of programming. We’re creating 50 series that are very different from each other. Maybe a member will like two or three of them, maybe they’ll like 10 of them. But most folks aren’t going to want to watch all of the same things.”…  (Excerpt from  Laura Finch’s article in WORLD)

6 Replies to “PLAYING TO FAMILIES”

  1. CAL THOMAS said it perfect. My prayer is that Pres. Trump will read it & sincerely take it to heart. I pray for our president and Congress daily and often several times a day.

  2. We have cancelled NetFlex because of the content of movies and shows! 13 reasons why is not fit for anyone to watch! We get along just fine without you!

  3. Psalm 119:37Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in … his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; Luke 11:34 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. Proverbs 2:2-12 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding//Technology not only trained dolphins; 3mos. ago US-China Embassy had to be evacuated due to mind/brain-waives adversely affected our folks; today shooters say(?)they heard voices. Pray Word Ephesians 6:10-19 daily put on God’s armor over you & yours

  4. Father, I pray for Christians who are willing to deny themselves pleasure to honor You and remain Holy and set apart as they are called to be. I pray for more of Your people to be filled with zeal and a passion for Holiness. Teach us, Father, what it means to be Holy, for we do not know. Father, the more we know of Your Holiness the more we hate sin. When we say we hate it and then continue to support it we incur judgment and offend You. Please forgive us, and have mercy on those who grieve the Spirit in their daily choices. In Your mercy, please reveal Yourself to Cindy Holland and other producers at Netflix. Cause them to think of the legacy they will leave behind and to reconsider their ways. Those who do not know You cannot please You, but I pray for those who call on You to turn from wickedness wherever they find it because they love You and love what is good, Noble, pure and of great worth. In Jesus’ Name, who gave His life to save us from wickedness I pray. Amen.

  5. We recently withdrew our membership from Netflix due to their inclusion of “13 Reasons Why” I do not think this type of movie is appropriate for anyone to watch!! It does not glorify God and His love for us. I pray that more people will protest these types of movies. American Family Association made us aware of the this series and its content. Suicide is not entertainment!! It is very painful to families who have had to deal with this issue. I know from experience.

    Father, we pray for the entertainment world to present more loving wholesome movies for families to watch. So many series are filled with murder, shootings, and evil problems of all kinds. Your Word says,”Laughter doeth good like a medicine.” There are very few real good comedies any more. I pray You will call more Christians into the film industry giving them creative ideas to make movies that glorify You. Amen

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