TV and the Bible
Scripture Reading: Romans 13:11-14
Key Verse: Romans 13:11
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
As we try to evaluate our TV viewing with standards taught in the scriptures, today’s passages can help. The apostle Paul starts with an all-important word: “understand.” We are to seek understanding of the present time. In other words, look for meaning… watch for signs… don’t “blank out” as we view events around us. As we watch TV, it is very easy to go into a comatose-like state and not think about what our eyes are taking in or what our minds are putting into our memory banks. Our day is so full of technology and an overload of information. This is our “present time” – so be understanding of its dangers. It won’t be hard today to allow our brains (and our children’s brains) to go into “sensory overload!”
“Wake up from your slumber” is a phrase the Bible uses to speak of our spiritual condition, not a physical sleep. To slumber spiritually means we are inattentive to our walk with God, lazy about our spiritual development, slacking in our disciplines of prayer and Bible reading. The apostle is telling us that now is not the time to go “soft” on ourselves. So, as you evaluate your TV viewing, ask yourself a couple of questions. First, are you taking time from prayers and Bible reading to watch TV? I don’t believe there is anything wrong with watching television, it’s our priorities God is concerned about. Secondly, are you thinking about what you are watching? Ask God for discernment to filter out shows that dishonor God and cause you to focus on the desires of the sinful nature.
Father, thank you for wanting me to enjoy life. Help me to keep a good balance of my time, and a clean mind always. In Jesus’ Name, amen.