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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
- TITLE: Truth or Consequences
By Larry Whittington
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That is the name of an old time game that was sometimes played. Telling the truth was always the best but just for some fun players sometimes didn’t tell the truth just to see what the consequences would be. In the game of life that is not the best way to live.
Some have questions about the TV. Is it OK and right for me to view it or is it wrong? Have you ever had this question come into your thinking? It really should have? Let us consider it just a little while. It used to be that the TV was called a box with knobs on the outside with wires and electronic parts inside. It had an antenna that picked up invisible signals from some tower made for that purpose. When we think of these parts, there is nothing wrong with them. They are just parts of the materials that God made “in the beginning”. When he saw these I am sure he said it was good just like he said when he made the plants and animals. From this we can judge that it would be OK to have a TV in our home just like it would be OK to have any other piece of furniture.
Now we have to question about the function of the TV. The TV converts the invisible signals into pictures and sound that are visible and heard by those watching it. This by itself is not questionable because God has made us with eyes to see and ears to hear the things around us. Since we are only using what God created us with, there must not be anything wrong with this. We can hear and see the news. We can hear and see sports being played. We can watch other programs produced by those in control of what they want people to be able to see and hear. This may or may not be good. What is the content of these programs that we choose? That is the question or should I say the questionable part of watching the TV.
Let me assume here that those reading this claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. This is the key concern since God has desired of “Followers” to grow in Christ so they portray the image of Jesus in their lives. Let us say that Jesus was sitting on the couch watch TV with us. What would he feel comfortable watching? This should be the guidelines for us. Since Jesus is with us wherever we are, we should only watch things that he would feel comfortable watching. The question should not be if we liked the program or if we were entertained by the program – but would Jesus feel comfortable watching the program with us? This is where the game of Truth or Consequences really begins.
Now let us talk about this. If we tell the truth and say that these are the kinds of programs that Jesus would not feel comfortable so I also will not watch them; then we are telling the truth and we would have no consequence. But if, when we think about it, Jesus would not feel comfortable watching these kinds of programs but these are the kinds of programs that I like to watch so I will watch these anyway. We are telling a falsehood and we will suffer some consequence for it. The consequence may be some suffering for us, our wife, or our children. We may not think it is coming but there are consequences to pay.
Because of this unknown consequence, would it be good to use some wisdom from above to guide us in what we watch?
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