This week, I’m writing about a topic that probably won’t be a popular one. I know it’s one that I would not have received well for most of my Christian walk. It’s about the television and the way the World uses its propaganda to lure us away from godliness and holiness. I can see you rolling your eyes now, just as I used to do whenever this topic came up in my church as a teenager. Let me tell you what led me to take the plunge and walk away from viewing the television.
Let’s start from the beginning. I used to be OBSESSED with watching television, and I do not use the word “obsessed” lightly. As an abused child, the television offered me an escape from my pain. I also learned things through the television that I needed. As corny as it sounds, watching the love of the Bradys, the Seavers, the Keatons, and the Cleavers helped me view families in a different way because they were so different than my own family. They gave me hope that a family unit could be different from what I had grown up with. There were families where the parents loved each other and their children, the siblings loved and supported each other, and the families truly seemed to enjoy spending time together.
As I moved into young adulthood, my taste in television shows became less about meeting an unfulfilled need for family unity and more about sheer guilty pleasures. I knew exactly what to watch from 7:00 a.m. through 3:00 a.m. every day, and most of it was pure trash … entertaining, but trash nonetheless. It certainly was not moving me toward holiness and godliness, but I was in rebellion against God at that time in my life, so I did not care. What mattered is that I was distracted and entertained. I had no appreciation for the degree to which all I was viewing was influencing and changing how I thought about myself and the world around me.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace caught inside a black & white television. Courtesy Bitmoji.]