What happened to family time?

…or, the invasion of the television.

So, I was driving home from Paducah tonight and I ended up behind a van that had a tv going in the backseat. I really think that tv in your car is not only not safe, but also not a good idea for other reasons. It’s too isolating. When my family gets in the car we talk, we joke, we sing, we have fun – spending time together. I mean really, do people not watch enough tv at home that they have to get one in their car too?

Which brings me to my next “thing.” I don’t understand why people think they need to watch tv. Seriously, the tv channels don’t do anything beneficial that I know of. Sure there are some “good” things on, but if you weren’t watching the tv what could you be doing? Getting things accomplished? Spending QUALITY time with your loved ones? Spending time out among people spreading God’s word? Praying or studying? We don’t have television channels here. Yes, we do have a tv and we have movies and games and we enjoy them. But this way we have control over what comes in and we don’t sit in front of it all day being vegetables. I’ve seen far too many people who can’t be in a room without the tv on and it gives me such a headache. Most of what I’ve seen when I am around tv lately is not even worth having on and I’m so glad that it doesn’t come into my home. Even the news is not news. It’s bad news. The point of it is to drag you down and make you conform to the world.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So, I challenge, nay, I dare you – turn off the tv for a week or two or a month or forever. See what happens to you and how you spend your time.

(and don’t just turn off the tv and turn on the computer! Don’t even get me started on youtube and all the other ways to just sit and be a vegetable with this thing!!)

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