What Kind of Company Do You Keep? | 03 Dec 12, Joe Sucher

A Consideration of the Influence of Television

What Kind of Company Do You Keep?


 Key Verse:   I Corinthians 15:33  Do not be deceived:Bad company corrupts good morals.” (NASB)

 

·       We all are influenced by those we spend a lot of time with,i.e. at home, work, school, etc.

Our thinking, speech and actions are affected by the influence of others

·       This is not only true of face-to-face encounters, but also of our contact with various forms of media; newspapers, magazines, books, music, radio, movies, video, television, etc.

 

Non-Christian Objections to TV Watching:

 

1. Bad for us PHYSICALLY:   Eye strain, Snacking while watching, Sitting instead of being active

 

2. Bad for us MENTALLY and MORALLY:  

·       Lose motivation and initiative to do other things.

·       Many shows promote ethnic and racial stereotypes.

·       Thirty and sixty-minute plots suggest simple answers to life’s complex problems.

·       Repeated exposure to violence can make us insensitive and passive.

·       Some TV heroes and advertising often encourage smoking, alcohol and drug use.

·       In one half-hour show there is more excitement, adventure, and violence than the average person

            experiences in a lifetime.  By comparison, everyday life seems dull, encouraging more TV watching.

·       TV advertising tells us that in order to be happy we must buy something.  This often encourages people to buy       things they cannot afford or to simply become frustrated and dissatisfied.

 

3. Bad for our CHILDREN and TEENAGERS:

·       All the above effects have even greater impact on the young

·       Teachers, guidance counselors, school psychiatrists and medical doctors all agree that TV use is harmful and

            should be limited or eliminated    

 

Some Biblical Reasons To Seriously Restrict TV Watching:

 

1. TV exposes us to more of this “present evil world” than we would normally have to deal with:

 

            1 John 2:15-17 “ Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

            Psalms 101:2,3  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk

 within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them

that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 

2. Most of those in charge of TV programming and advertising are not godly people, therefore most of what appears on TV comes from a man-centered, godless perspective.  In other words, we are exposing ourselves and our children to the influence of worldly, sinful people; their humanistic values, impure ideas, images, etc.

 

            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.

            James 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

 

3. We are to be good stewards of our TIME:

            Ephesians 5:15-17  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time,      because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

            James 4:15

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