Psalm 101:3 – I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.
I was aghast when a friend of mine in the church gave me this verse for an answer to why to why they did not have a TV in their house. At first I thought it was a little extreme and perhaps a bit puritanism. After all, I reasoned, the same thing could be argued about the telephone, the internet, computers, cellular phones, and electricity. How far do we stretch this verse? How about we all give up our cars and get a horse and buggy.
After all, aren’t these modern conveniences just tools to be used? The internet is not good or evil it is up to the user as to whether he is going to use it for productive purposes or to bring evil into his house. It is the same way with everything we encounter in our lives. It can either be used for good or for evil.
But I got to thinking about it. When I first moved I didn’t have television for two reasons. I live in the mountains so it is hard to get reception so in order to get decent TV you have to pay for it through satellite or cable. I didn’t have much money when I first moved up here so I went without for a few weeks.
During those first few weeks I got a lot of things done. We unpacked, cleaned, ran errands, and much more. I actually had lost weight because of all the activity too.
Then I purchased satellite TV for the news… at least that’s what I told myself. In the evenings, when I am tired, I started sitting down in front of the TV and vegging out. Old habits came back quickly. After a few days I was back into eating in front of the TV again.
The package also came with the movie channels free for three months. At first I was watching cartoon movies but then I started watching some things that got a bit violent and the language wasn’t very good. One afternoon, I was watching a show and the lady started to undress… I had to turn the TV off quickly. Temptation had got it’s foot in the door anyhow and I had to do some pretty hard wrestling to kick the devil out again.
It is amazing how quickly we let evil get a foothold in our lives. No wonder the Amish will put a phone up on a pole in their yard but not allow it in the house!
Think about it for a minute. There are very few piano players in our churches today. Times have changed. In the past families entertained each other by singing around the piano or guitar. Families knew how to play instruments because they had time and learned from each other. There was family interaction and fellowship.
Now the family is self-entertained by cell phones and computer games. Children don’t go out and ride bikes or play anymore, our playgrounds are emptying out, partly because of the dangers but mostly because they are watching TV or texting. It amazes me to see families sitting together at a restaurant and each are busy with their cell phone instead of engaging with each other. It’s amazing we know how to communicate at all.
Now I am not proposing that we chuck all our modern marvels out the window and start talking in King James English to each other. But I am telling you that we need to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Set time limits on how much TV you watch. Make sure you’re not compromising the faith by listening and watching things that are not profitable for Christians to “enjoy”.
Remember too that in your weight loss journey you need to move more and eat less. Sitting in front of the TV and snacking is not good for your new, healthier lifestyle.
As for me, I am starting a TV fast today. The only thing I am going to look at on TV is the news (And sometimes I wonder about that). I am planning on fasting from TV at least until Sunday. The time I would spend in front of the TV will be spent doing things more productive in God’s kingdom.
Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you for the beauty of your creation and for the time you have allotted me each day. Forgive me for making excuses, wasting time, and allowing evil into my house by watching things that do not glorify you. I praise you for Jesus. I praise you for your Spirit that stirs within me. I praise you for your word. And I praise you for my friend who is not afraid to stand firm in his beliefs even when others think he is too fanatical. Thank you for showing me your love and your way. In the name of Jesus, my Savior, my Redeemer, My friend, Amen and Amen!
“I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.”
“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”