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This article contains a challenge to all believers, regarding something important. It is about how one uses one’s time, and where one’s priorities are – and more.
First, consider this version of Psalm 23:
|The 23rd Channel|
The TV is my shepherd, I shall want. It makes me lie down on the sofa.
It leads me away from the Scriptures.
It destroys my soul.
It leads me in the path of sex and violence, for the sponsor’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in the shadow of my Christian responsibilities,
there will be no interruption,
For the TV is with me.
Its cable and remote, they control me.
It prepares a commercial before me in the presence of worldliness;
It anoints my head with Humanism,
My coveting runneth over.
Surely laziness and ignorance shall
Follow me all days of my life:
And I shall dwell in the house
Watching TV forever.
Then, consider this:
Someone might say, “Oh, I only watch useful and educational and uplifting things.” But, the sad fact is that most people do not do that but take in whatever happens to be on. Sometimes they may comment, “What horrible dirt they are showing!” – and still they do not turn off the TV but continue watching.
And, even if someone actually watches “only educational or uplifting things”, one must always consider what is important – TV-watching, or happy, meaningful family life and other beneficial things such as good works, helping people in need.
To begin with, do this: Turn all the TVs and videos in your home fully off. Pull the plugs out from the wall. Keep them disconnected for a whole week. Also: Do not watch television or videos during that week at some friend’s or neighbour’s place either, or via the internet or in other ways.
That week will help you to see how deeply you have become addicted to the television. Then, when you have done that and come to realise that you actually can manage a whole week without a TV, why not make it two weeks? And more.
Now, it is not a “sin” to have a television, but most people do sin in their use of the TV. Many people watch things that no one should watch. And again: The television causes them to use their time in wrong ways, and to neglect other people as well as such things that one really should be doing.
Again, believers: Take this challenge. Turn off all television sets and similar things in your home, and keep them off for a whole week. Do not watch the TV or videos at all, anywhere, during that week. Do not watch “only the news”, either.
And, after that TV-free week when you have come to realise that you indeed had become a slave of the television, then free yourself from that.
Some elderly and lonely people might say, “The TV is the only thing there is in my life.” But, there are better things to spend one’s time on. (Here, it is hoped that those who have freed themselves from being slaves of the TV, will begin visiting and helping the elderly and the lonely.)
There are even other things that steal time. Examples of that are electronic games, and “social media” such as Facebook, Twitter and so on. Consider even this: In one western country, experts noted a few years ago that in some families, three years old children had not yet learned to talk, and that the reason for this was that the parents did not talk to their children but had instead spent their time on “social media”.
Some people have said that the “social media” is “an important part” of their lives, “an important part of reality”. But, no. Instead, it is something that keeps people away from the important things, and away from real life. It is the same with electronic games.
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