Why I Don’t Have a Television…

Actually, I DO have a television. The title of this entry comes from an article by John Piper entitled Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies found in his Desiring God Resource Library.

Please read the full article, it’s so important for Christians as we seek to lead a Christ-filled, God-glorifying life.

Piper briefly discusses the issues of violence, bad language and nudity on TV and in films. I agree with his assessments. But another great point he makes is in regard to “… the unremitting triviality that makes television so deadly.”

As they say, “garbage in, garbage out.” You cannot watch hours of movies, media broadcasts, TV shows, etc., without being effected in some way.

When watching many of the shows, are you ever amazed at how irrelevant banality can be repackaged in so many ways? Humans are truly creative beings – even in their unregenerate state. The packaging of irrelevance is certainly creative but I wish there was more edifying substance. We need godly substance that will provide wisdom, guidance, and correction in the living of this life.

I am certainly not saying that no redeeming value can be found in any show on TV or at the movies. I am saying that the spiritual vacuum in the hearts of people is so often being filled with spiritual junk food, junk philosophy, junk wisdom that provides no help and is damaging to the human mind and heart.

As Piper points out, the irrelevant, valueless stuff you feed your mind will dull the senses and, eventually, contribute to the wasting of your life.

It was for real purpose that the Holy Spirit instructed Paul to write,

“… whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4.8-9).

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