I have a friend at church who does not have a tv. Their family has made the decision to not allow the negative impact of immoral programming affect their lives. I’ll admit that when I first learned this, I thought they were crazy. I mean, there’s plenty of wholesome things on television right? It just depends on what shows you choose to watch.
But on closer inspection, I think my friend is right on this one. I began to look at some of the shows I enjoy watching and found plenty of reference to things that I, as a Christian, profess to be against. Take foul language or crass joking as an example. Today, there seems nothing too sacred to not talk about on tv. Even though some of the language is censored out, its presence is still felt in the context of the show. And what about violence? Programming is considered tame in our society today if it doesn’t contain killing or some other sort of destructive behavior. Worst of all may be the pervasiveness of sex on our tv. Every lewd and disgusting sexual act is paraded in front of us as normal human behavior. Viewing a Christian husband and wife relationship on tv is becoming extinct.
So what can I or anyone else do to keep this revolting imagery from entering our minds? We can do as my friend did and do away with tv altogether. Others are fighting back by not watching those programs with questionable content and not patronizing the businesses that advertise on them. My family and I have reduced the amount of tv we watch and weigh the message of a program against what God says.
But most importantly, it’s a reminder that we live in a world that is becoming morally bankrupt by the day. We as Christians have a duty to not idly sit by and blindly turn on and tune out, unaware of what is entering our minds. We must pursue Godly righteousness, even if that means doing away with or drastically cutting back on television. There’s much better things to fill our time with anyway.