What is reality? (Psalm 1:2)

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The cartoon depicted a frustrated father changing a flat tire in the rain. His two children were peering out the car window. In response, to their complaining, he said, “Don’t you understand? This is life. This is what’s happening. We can’t switch to another channel.”

Television and reality – does the former distort the latter? After 10 years of research, media analyst Kenneth Curtis measured TV’s impact on society. He concluded that the omnipresent, flickering screen constantly tries to tell us what behavior and attitudes are desirable. He described the effect of TV as a subtle process that has become a significant force in defining reality.

If this is true, we had better be careful about what we watch. The networks are not committed to portraying Christians values. Many things that are presented as acceptable are in fact dangerous. Furthermore, watching TV makes us passive observers rather than active participants in solving life’s problems. The violence, sex, and materialism on TV can make us insensitive to our calling as Christians to be salt and light in a sinful world.

Only as we meditate on God’s Word (Psalm 1:2) can we have the right perspective. To avoid distorted view of life, we must allow God’s truth to define reality. – Martin R. De Haan II

Our thoughts are shaped by what we see,
And thoughts affect our soul;
So if we’d profit from TV,
We must be in control. – D. J. De Haan

The Bible is the best TV guide.
– October 10, Vol. 7, Our Daily Bread