Have you ever watched something on television you wish you hadn’t? Perhaps it was a foolish commercial with a catchy jingle that rang through your head all day. Or maybe you feel like you wasted four hours on a game because your favorite team lost. I remember seeing a commercial for a website company years ago that had nothing to do with the website, all while pushing a half-naked woman in your face. No matter how hard I try that image will be etched in my brain forever.
In recent years over-the top advertising has become more common. Whether it is a woman giving sighs of pleasure to sell shampoo, or the straight in your face lewdness of popular sitcoms on local programming, you cannot escape the all-out assault to desensitize our minds. Networks are attempting to appeal to our lusts and it is working. Nearly every commercial pushing a product has some kind of sex appeal. Do we really need a seductive, sexual voice to sell us chocolate?
Even if you are trying to watch something wholesome you get bombarded when commercials come on. A couple of years ago I decided that the networks have gone too far. I then did the unthinkable, I cancelled my cable. I asked myself, “As a Christian why would I let the culture influence me like this? How can I claim to be a follower of Christ all while being influenced heavily by the world system?” I had wondered why I struggled so much with sin and could not let it go. Was it because I was watching too much television?
According to the New York Daily News the average American watches 5 hours of live television a day. That is 35 hours a week. That is nearly a full time job. That is 35 hours a week we are subjecting ourselves to the worlds agenda. Whether it is through scare tactics in the media or, blatant immorality the networks are pulling the strings of the marionette called the American people and they are making us dance.
You may say ‘well there is nothing wrong with watching a little TV’. Well, what are you watching? How often are you watching? More importantly are you spending as much time reading your Bible, fellowshipping and serving as you are watching TV?
My challenge to you is to not watch TV and replace it with another activity. Perhaps it’s personal study or prayer. Maybe it is serving at church or community service. Just do it for a week and see the results. For me I felt guilty at how much time I wasted and then quickly began to fill that time with reading. My brain had a desire for stimulation so I fed it. I found that TV was just a quick, lazy way to keep my brain busy. Once I started reading I began to see changes in my life.
There is a reason GOD gave us a book for the revelation of Himself and not a TV program. There is something prewired in us that desires the pages of scripture.
Give up the TV for a time and replace it with reading the word and see what GOD has in store for you.
Romans 12:2 (NASB) “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”