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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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Brief Thoughts on the Lincoln Movie and Abortion Rights

I am a bit late comer to the movie Lincoln by Steve Spielberg.  The movie is based loosely upon the book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Goodwin.  The book highlights how Lincoln surrounded himself with men who were not like him, men who often believed differently than he did over issues.  Goodwin makes the point that President Lincoln did this to give him men who would not be “yes” men but would challenge his thinking over key issues regarding his own leadership and decisions as well as how to lead the nation once the Civil War ended.  This is clearly seen in the movie as Lincoln and his advisors wrestle with the issue regarding the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution that would abolish slavery.

Overall the movie does a great job of showing the political and moral issues facing Lincoln at this time.  At one point, Lincoln tells his advisors that while he felt he was right to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, he felt that this would not stand the test of the Supreme Court once the Southern states ended their rebellion.  He felt that the Congress needed to act while the South was in rebellion in order to pass the 13th Amendment.  Lincoln feared the Court would overturn the Emancipation and the South would vote against the 13th Amendment.  He was correct in this view.  It is an interesting dialogue.

The problems I had with the movie are: the language.  The movie used several profanities.  While it may be historically true that curse words were used around Lincoln and by him at times, nonetheless Union officers were ordered not to use profanity and were subject to court-martial for using profanity.  Why then would Lincoln approve of profane language when he himself ordered his own military men to not use profanity lest they face trial?  Hollywood tends to add or delete things that they want in a historical context and so they had to add several curse words that blasphemed God and brought shame to His name.

I did appreciate the struggle that the movie presented with Lincoln and his staff regarding the issue of abolition.  Lincoln stated that the Emancipation had released slaves only in the rebellious states (the CSA).  He knew that after the war, the Southern states would want their “property” returned to them and Lincoln had issued the Emancipation using his war powers in which he stated that slaves and all other property were now to be confiscated by the Union since the South was at war with the North.  He knew that this was in excess of his powers as President and he knew the Supreme Court would likely side with the South over the issue of their property being returned once the Civil War ended.  It was imperative then that the 13th Amendment be passed by the free States before the South came back into the Union.  This movie shows that struggle.

While I am not convinced entirely of the historical accuracy of the film, I do think that the movie captures an important moment in American history.  I am convinced the Civil War was largely an unnecessary war in the sense that slavery would have likely ended without bloodshed.  Thousands upon thousands died in the Civil War and this fact cannot be ignored.  Being a southerner, I am not convinced that the South was fighting entirely for slavery (although that was an issue).  I believe the South would have likely struggled even without the Civil War.  The United States would have grown into the West with the West going free and the South would have been forced into a small corner.  To trade with the Europeans, the South would have faced political pressure to abolish slavery.  Even the Confederate Constitution stated the following in Section 9:

The importation of negroes of the African race, from any foreign country, other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same.

While it did not abolish slavery in the South, it was making sure that it did not spread.  The next section states:

Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any State not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.

In other words, slavery would end.  I am not convinced a war needed that to happen.  Nonetheless, Southern views regarding Africans needed to change.  CSA President Jefferson Davis stated about the African race:

“My own convictions as to negro slavery are strong. It has its evils and abuses…We recognize the negro as God and God’s Book and God’s Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him – our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude…You cannot transform the negro into anything one-tenth as useful or as good as what slavery enables them to be.”

Davis even quoted from the Bible to back up his views regarding the issue of slavery:

“[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God…it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation…it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts.”

Such views were the failure of Bible teachers to truly proclaim the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15) and acknowledge Galatians 3:25-29.  Godly abolitionists fought to get the Church to stand up against slavery and many in the South did not.  Just as many in the modern abolition movement are calling the Church to preach the truth about the unborn humans who are being denied their right to life just as the slaves were in the 19th century in the United States.  We must remember that the Southern plantation owner said that his Africans were not humans but his property.  They had no rights.  Is this not what we hear from the modern pro-abortion folks who claim that the Government has no right to touch their bodies, the unborn have no rights and are property of that woman?  We who oppose abortion must use the same arguments against abortion that slave abolitionists used in fighting the lies of pro-slavery people.  God help us.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/05/2013 at 8:04 PM

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