Is there anything Godly on television anymore? Sure there is. But who watches it? I like to think my family and I do. From CBN’s 700 Club to Lakewood Church’s Joel Osteen, even Crystal Cathedral’s Hour of Power, true seekers of God’s word have ample quality television opportunities offered to them.
The questions we need to ask ourselves is, as we flip from channel to channel, is there any connection between what we watch and what is in our heart? Does our faith in Christ have anything at all to do with our TV choices?
In a world of falling standards, we must think through this question: How does our relationship with Christ affect our television viewing habits? One secular writer speaking about today’s television programs said, “The notion of indecency has become obsolete.” He is suggesting that a standard has been pushed aside.
What is that standard? I believe it’s the moral standard found in biblical teaching. It has become too obvious most television productions are not governed by the guidelines God wants us to follow.
The Bible tells us, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; Meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
It’s hard to do that when we’re being bombarded by the ungodly images presented on television. Let’s ask God to help us make godly choices in what we watch on TV. For example, let’s pretend Jesus is sitting right next to us when we give-in to secular media. Imagine how embarrassing it would be to explain our curiosity, our bold defiance of the word when we knowingly indulge in forms of entertainment that are surely not acceptable to God.
Jesus knows evil, He would not purposely invite it into His home, nor should you.
Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. In essence, a person’s character is formed by their decision making process.
Remember this next time you tune-in. Ask yourself “what direction will this show point me toward?” If the answer is anything other than “in Jesus’ footsteps” than you need to keep channel surfing or maybe it’s God’s way of directing you to His word.
Keep in mind the word of God never return void and, since we are called to read and share God’s word daily, it is wise to obey God’s commands as we set examples of discipleship according to the bible.
“12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:12-16)
In the verse above, Paul invites Timothy to set an example through the words that comes out of his mouth, by living according to God’s commands, to love as Jesus does, to trust in God through faith and, to cleanse ourselves of sexual and moral impurities.
Let your light shine so bright those in darkness cannot resist the calling of the Lord. Be an example of discipleship by making the right choices from morning until night, watch what you watch, walk the walk and talk the talk.
We thank you for looking after us
And for allowing us to worship You,
We thank you for being a part of our lives
And for leading us to the way everlasting.
Lord we pray you will continue to inspire us
To be great examples of discipleship,
As we constantly struggle to keep our arrows
Pointing toward the Heavens.
We pray you will continue to walk with us along our spiritual road,
Shining your light bright upon us and all those in need
Helping us make the right choices
And stray from secular roads.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre