Something that has bothered me over the past few years is the rampant what seems to me idolatry of t.v. watching. Not only is it running peoples lives and schedules as it did mine years ago, what many are watching is numbing us to sin. I do not understand how believers can watch sin being acted out on television and call it “entertainment”. Even if in the end of the show “justice” is served, it is still watching usually very graphic and lewd acts. Murder, rape, molestation, adultery, the list can go on and on in the name of entertainment. Even the game shows where the hostesses are barely clothed, I am sure that does a lot for our young men’s pure thoughts they are trying to keep.
I wonder, does God approve of this? Is He okay with His people watching this stuff? I tend to believe He does not approve at all. Doesn’t his word say “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”? I personally think that is an indication that the things we think of could and should be in line with the things we allow ourselves to watch and see. I believe the media and most of the shows out there are numbing God’s people to His Truth, to His Will and mostly to His Beauty. Not only that, the enormous amount of time spent in front of the t.v. is breaking up families.
May we be the “peculiar people” we are called to be in 1 Peter and not give in to this worlds idea of entertainment. Whatever happened to reading, playing and discussing life together? Or how about putting on plays (as Ireland loves to do), working on projects or just plain old relaxing on the couch together without a box on telling us how we should think, what we should wear and what we should like? There is so much more to life than television…I promise!!!