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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
TITLE: Through the Changes
By Elaine Hemingway
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Early days of marriage consisted of farm life in rural Africa with no electricity, no flush toilet, no running water except for one indoor and one outdoor tap. There was always plenty to do besides the normal farmer’s wife activities. Evenings were spent in knitting, reading by oil-lamp, embroidery and keeping a growing family of young boys occupied.
We went the gamut with ‘critters’ that were tended with enjoyment and hilarity. Witness a white rat who cleverly made a tunnel under his cage thus enabling him to mate with the greys inhabiting the walls of our old farmhouse. There were gaps between the outer and inner walls, providing scrabbling background to radio music. A small snake, thankfully non-venomous, was captured and fed with grasshoppers, tadpoles and harvested flies, then succumbed to the rigours of unaccustomed diet. Its demise was unrecognised for a while, but eventually, in a classic raised head pose, it was exhibited in a glass jar in the display cabinet. Safer were the puppies, kittens, lambs and chicks cosseted in the kitchen until old enough and strong enough to be exposed to the great outdoors. Some refused to be banished and returned with determination to the shelter and care of their young masters.
There was no need for sex education for it all came naturally and even when the advent of television became an excuse for procrastination, the hidden dangers were not at first recognised. Exodus 20:3 -You shall have no other gods before me – did not appear to compromise in those early days. We acquired a generator and watched the first lunar landing with one small son enjoying a fifth birthday present of a space suit. Such an innovation seemed to be a mere upgrade in entertainment.
Fast forward to present day technology and living in England, with children and grandchildren scattered, like sea-side fragments, all over the shrinking world. Former priorities have become casualties of modern living. No tea-time visits or lengthy conversations around the dinner table, so even visits from far afield are punctuated by watching the latest disasters on the screen’s news channel. General programmes are fraught with the dangers of bad language or graphic scenes of exploitation, but wait! There are advantages!
No longer able to attend church services on a regular basis, constrained by the care of my disabled husband and granted only a fortnightly break for church attendance, I can now turn to a Christian TV channel. What a blessing to fellowship, albeit from my living room, with other believers all over the world, participating in Church without Walls.
Hebrews 10:25 exhorts us to not give up meeting together, all the more as we see ‘the Day’ approaching.
No, Church in the living room is an alternative albeit a temporary solution. But it also provides a growing knowledge that the technology the Lord has allowed and is using is also the means by which, perhaps, every eye shall see Him and every knee shall bow.
Revelation 1:7 tells us of the Second Coming when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth in power and judgment … when the lost will wail … and then, as we read in Philippians 2:10 every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
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