A personal conviction of mine is that I do my best not to watch anything that God would not be pleased with; no rated R movies, no shows that have ungodly language, sexuality or agendas, etc. I believe that when you put garbage in, you get garbage out. My time in front of the TV has been dramatically reduced as a result.
The fact that the original purpose for the television was an advertising device (to sell soap), just gives me one more reason not to watch. It seems that commercials are on the air almost as much as the shows you want to watch, and they contain too much garbage in them as well.
I can hardly watch the news any longer since they take such a biased approach to their stories. Back in the day, journalism was to be completely unbiased. Now they seem bound to tow the line of their parent company – even going to the extent to broadcast a “news article” which, in reality, was just a commercial for another show airing on their network.
TV is all about the mighty $ and nothing about glorifying God. Scripture warns us about the love of money being the root of all evil, but we often miss that other people’s (TV Industry) love of money can allow evil into our lives as well. Even nature shows have a world view not a biblical view. So rather than continuing to fund this perverse industry with my husband’s hard earned dollars, we pulled the plug a while ago and haven’t turned back. I must say that I miss the DVR – where I could watch the shows I wanted without watching the commercials, but I can’t justify all the other garbage that our dollars were supporting.
But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:8-9
I personally believe that if all Christians entertained themselves in a manner worthy of Jesus, our culture would change. TV to Christians is a cultural poison that we drink deeply of and then wonder why our society is in such decline. So rather than complaining – do something – change something – speak up – put your money where your mouth is.
There are so many other (better) options for us to spend our time and money on. If I don’t have 30 minutes to read God’s word but I have 2 hours each day to watch TV, something needs to be changed. And by the way, this also applies to the internet.
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. 1 Timothy 6:11-12
So turn off the set – close down the computer. Break out your Bible and sit a while with God today. Examine over the next week how much time is spent unproductively on these two worldly items in our home when God’s purpose go unnoticed and undone. Make a change to walk in the will of God in this area of your life.
Be encouraged. Plug into Jesus. Press on.
Be careful little eyes what you see.