T.V or not T.V. That is the Question

tv-watchingI have recently been focused on living my life with greater intention, resulting in taking most of my T.V. watching out of my daily routine. It is quite easy to become a non T.V. watching snob by the way. With quick retorts of “I don’t watch that low grade form of entertainment” when someone in the lunch room asks what I thought of  “Dancing With the Stars” last night. Of course you can’t come off sounding so smug so I would usually respond with “I don’t watch that” or “I am too busy to watch T.V.”  All the while thinking to myself “what a waste of time”. Until one of my coworkers pointed something out me something I didn’t think about. She said, this takes away a lot of opportunity for you to converse with others because you have nothing to add to the conversation. So I had to ask myself, is it better to rid myself of the idiot box and continue to be a T.V. snob or do I start to watch a few programs to be a part of the conversation.

This past week, I had the perfect opportunity to delve into the world of mind numbing hours of sitting in front of the boob tube. I was on a business trip in the middle of nowhere for 5 days. So every night I would go back to my hotel room and proceed to flip through the channels. During this experiment I have discovered a couple of things.

1) The Pink Floyd song which contains the lyrics “There is 13 channels of S**t on the T.V. to choose from” needs to be increased to 120.

2) If there is a risk/reward associated with watching T.V., it is not worth the reward.

3)What on earth is wrong with us?

4)Duck Dynasty rules!! If you don’t know what that means, check it out

On more of a serious note, I believe that the media is steering our society. When we are blasted with marketing propaganda every 15 minutes of you need this product for your life to be better in addition to a great percentage of shows conforming our minds to what is to be considered normal. Shows telling us it is normal to go out and drink nightly to the point of annihilation, pick up girls and have meaningless sex with them just to start over and doing it again the next night.  I know what you’re thinking, this guy must be old. Cause that’s what I am thinking as I am typing it. But when you add this show upon show in combination with commercials filling our heads with catchy slogans to buy there product so our life will be more fulfilled. It is causing a shift in the way we perceive reality and what is meaningful in life.

So how do we respond to this? Well, with the word of God of course. This brings to mind Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The next logical question is how do I transform my mind? The answer is the same way it is being conformed to this world. If we are inundated with programs promoting an agenda and commercials with there empty promises of gratification, fill your mind with the life giving words of the Bible. Col. 3:2 “Set your minds on things above, not on things that are on earth.” Be transformed with the washing or the word and let it guide your thoughts and actions.

I am not saying not to watch T.V. cause Duck Dynasty really does rule. Rather we are to watch it in light of the reality of God’s perspective, so that we may “discern what is good and acceptable” and not the T.V. and it’s programmers. So go ahead and join the lunch room conversation, just make sure you lead it and it doesn’t lead you.

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4 responses to “T.V or not T.V. That is the Question

  1. Meshawn Senior

    Great post, Kevin! Television today really does desensitize us to sin and the world’s way of doing things. I stopped watching TV years ago and I feel so much more pure-minded because of it. 🙂

  2. Carol

    Funny, I’ve been thinking a lot about TV lately and what a waste it is. I think we’re down to about 3 or 4 channels (and none of the “major” channels). I don’t know how many times we have to change the channel when commercials come on with half-naked (actually 3/4 naked) woman prancing around. How do parents deal with all the inappropriate commercials, let alone the programs full of sex, violence, and left-leaning propaganda. Satan’s war – desensitize everyone to sin, collapse the culture from within. The more you watch, I think the more you are tempted to buy into this world and all the sin in it. A slippery slope. A lot of programs start out okay, and then when they think they have you hooked, they start to subtly change the program and it goes downhill from there.

  3. Michael Hoppes

    I agree! My wife and I watch a lot of TV but we use TiVo to FF through the commercials. When we are watching certain “reality” shows like America’s Got Talent or The Voice we FF through a lot of the inane chatter and get straight to the acts. As Carol pointed out, a lot of TV shows push the envelope and it completely turns me off to the point where I won’t watch them anymore. A good gauge is “Will I allow my kids to watch it?” if not, is it just because it’s not age appropriate, or shouldn’t I be watching it either? Easier said than done…

  4. Hi! I’m happy to have found your blog by way of a few different award posts from different bloggers. It’s awesome where God leads us.

    So, my husband and I have no TV. And when we tell people that, well, I’m always nervous that they are going to see us as “non-TV-watching snobs!” You said it well! 🙂 But I really enjoy not having it around. There are some great things to watch…but let’s be honest. I get just as distracted by the computer! (Where I can watch shows, too!)

    So may God help me not be so distracted from the prize, whether it’s on the computer or the TV! Thanks for your post!

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