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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
TITLE: But He Meant It For Good
By Janene Bever
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It was April 8th, 1949. I stood on the sidewalk peering through the glass front of the appliance store at the drama unfolding before me. Clutching my mom’s hand, watching with a small group of other people, we held our breaths as workers attempted in vain to rescue 3 year old Kathy Fiscus who had fallen into a deep well. Our eyes were glued to a small screen, approximately 12 inches square that fit into a large wooden stylish box.
Television sets were a fairly new phenomenon so not many people had one at home. We held our breaths, crossed our fingers and whispered quiet prayers but my 9 year old heart was broken when we learned that Kathy had not survived her rescue. I can remember sobbing as we walked home, still not able to comprehend the enormity of what I had just witnessed in black and white on that tiny screen.
With a growing number of Americans, we soon boasted our own set. I became acquainted with shows like Howdy Doody and Time for Beany which featured Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent. We watched in fascination as the last show went off the air at approximately 11 p.m. and was replaced with an Indian head test pattern. We got all of 7 channels, if I’m not mistaken, but programming didn’t start up again until early the next morning. If you happened to be a night owl, you needed a good book to read because that television set was sound asleep. Either that or tune into that old cast aside radio.
Over the next 50 plus years, we have experienced many changes in size, shape and performance of the T.V. Bulky Cathode Ray tubed sets in black and white soon introduced color in the late 60’s, early 70’s then eventually evolved into sleek flat panel screens. By the early 2010’s LCD T.V.’s came on the scene.
Our innocence was preserved by shows like Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Bonanza, Dragnet, Father Knows Best, Gunsmoke, Have Gun - Will Travel, The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy, to name a few. Even married couples slept in twin beds, night stand separating them, with pajamas primly buttoned up to the neck. Donna Reed, Captain Kangaroo, Leave it to Beaver and My Three Sons have long been left in the dust to make room for shows that would have outraged and shocked our grandparents and should still make us squirm as well.
Today? Well who could have predicted where the world of fiber optics and digital technology would take us? Our Millenials have no clue as they flip through cable shows boasting a dizzying array of channels. They take for granted the games brought about by X-Box, Wii, Roku and others. We can now subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Showtime and so many more than I’m even aware of. YouTube teaches us how to bake bread, fix a fence, repair fishing tackle, apply makeup … need I go on?
There are many dark corridors as well that we can walk down if we so choose. But, there are also good, wholesome programs that preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, help us to learn about prophecy, walk us through the Bible and play beautiful hymns for our listening enjoyment.
In God’s Word Joseph tells us “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. “— Genesis 50:20 NKJV
This amazing technology invites us to choose who we will serve. We get to decide which shows we will watch. The banquet is spread out before us. Will we reach for delicious, healthy ones that feed the spirit or will we grab at the non-nourishing junk that corrupts our minds and souls? It isn’t the T.V. set or the siren call of the indecent content that corrupts. It’s our own hearts that condemn us.
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 19 NIV.
Let’s make a decision to monitor our time wisely. When we enter the kingdom of God one day and have to give an accounting of our time, all that is not found acceptable by Him will not survive the flames.
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