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What If You Got Rid of Your TV?

We have been without TV now for several years.  It started not because of conviction but because our TV broke.  We planned on buying a new one and actually went and looked at several TV’s.  Yet we didn’t replace the TV.  Several months went by and we still didn’t replace the TV.  And then it hit us at how quiet our house was without TV.  I didn’t come home from work and plop down in front of the TV for hours watching sports or whatever.  Our boys were not consumed with the latest Disney shows.  The ungodly commercials (and shows of course) were not seen in our home and this made me happy.

So we decided to remain TV free.  What a joy it has been.  Don’t get me wrong, at times I do miss TV.  I love sports and I miss watching football in the Fall.  When we go out-of-town or visit another home, my boys are awestruck at TV.  They will sit and stare at TV like it is a new thing.

My wife and I wanted to be TV free even before we had children.  When we got married, I had a TV with satellite hooked up to it.  We both would watch hours of TV shows without question.  At times I was convicted about something I would watch but would let it go.  After all, it was my home and no one knew what I was watching but the Lord and surely He would forgive me for this sinful pleasure.  Instead of praying, I would spend hours watching sports. Instead of spending time with my wife, I would sit and watch goofy sitcoms.  I reasoned that I could not live my life without TV.

I heard a Bible teacher say that he and his family did not watch TV and I was impressed with this but I reasoned I did not want to get rid of our TV.  It was such a part of my life and how could I cope without TV.  Then our TV broke and everything changed.

I know you are reading this and thinking that to get rid of your TV would be tough.  I promise you that it is not.  There is so much to do and you don’t realize how much TV robs you of that.  Just spending time together with your family is much more profitable than TV.  When you stop and consider that for thousands of years the human race did not have TV, you don’t need TV to survive.  You have books, the outdoors, exercise, friends and family to help you get by.  You don’t need TV to keep up with the news nor do you need to know what the world is watching these days to relate to them.  TV is a waste of time in many cases.

But whether you watch TV or not, we should strive to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  This would include what we watch on TV or the Internet or the movies.  Do you fill your mind with the world by what you watch?  How many of us get joy from watching the sins of others such as ungodly movies or ungodly TV programs?  I fear that many disciples of Christ have no problems with watching an ungodly program or movie and even get a laugh at the sins of others.  We must guard against this.  God does not wink at your sins (Hebrews 10:26-31).  God hates sin.  God’s wrath burns against sin and He will judge all sinners (Hebrews 9:27-28).  1 John 2:15-17 makes it clear about how God views our relationship with sin and the world:

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Does TV cause you to love the world or the things in the world?  Does what you or I watch on TV or the Internet bring joy to our sinful desires (v. 16)?

Jesus said that the pure in heart would see God (Matthew 5:8).  Are you pure in heart?  Does holiness dominate your life?  Do you hate sin and love holiness?  If not, why not (2 Corinthians 13:5)?

Now of course owning or watching TV is not wrong.  I am not arguing that TV by itself is sinful.  There is nothing wrong per se with watching wholesome programs or learning or even watching sports.  But it still can waste much of your time.  We should not allow even a good thing to rob us of the best things.  I don’t want to look back on my life with my boys and miss time I could have spent with them because I was busy watching History channel.  We only have this one life and it will soon be past.  Don’t waste your time on this earth with vain pursuits.  Pursue God and enjoy His creation with your family and friends.   I promise you that you will not miss TV and when you do go to hotel on vacation, TV will actually be a joy and pain to you as you browse the channels.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/10/2013 at 10:35 AM

Posted in Daily Christian Living, Holiness

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  1. amen brother roy. we cut the cord back in march after not watching tv for most of the last two years before.
    we get more sleep, more relaxation, read more books, I talk with my wife more and we generally feel better about life (… and the 70.00 per month we are saving on cable costs)
    Huzzah, I say. Huzzah!!

    mike and brandy

    08/10/2013 at 9:05 PM

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