Have you ever watched something on TV and thought, “I probably shouldn’t be watching this, but it’s not real. It’s just TV, so it’s fine”? We’ve all been there. That moment when you know you should just hit “off” on the remote, but you’re too comfy on the couch, and you kind of want to see what happens anyway.
Even if we think bad TV won’t affect us in a bad way, we know it’s not affecting us in a good way. Meaning, it does nothing to lift our minds and hearts to God. But can TV really help us think about God? The answer is yes. As the acclaimed film critic, Roger Ebert, once said,
“It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”
Look at the TV you watch. How does it “go about” the thematic elements it portrays? Do the actions of the protagonist align with your morals as a Christian? Do they inspire you to be better, to think of what is good, true, noble, and admirable (Phil 4:8)? If not, it’s time to give up control, and let Jesus take the remote.
Stories Help Us Make Sense of the World
Throughout his ministry, Jesus taught in parables or stories. He knew that for a moral teaching to really hit home, we would need to hear it within the context of a story.
“Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning” explains a Wired article entitled, “The Art of Immersion: Why Do We Tell Stories.” The author goes on to say that “we use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others.”
This incredible reality proves that the stories we hear do affect us more than we realize. So, if Jesus were to pick the TV we watch, he’d skip the stories that glorify or normalize behavior contrary to His plan for our happiness. Instead, he would choose stories that open our eyes to his goodness and inspire us to live a better life.
Challenge: Give Jesus the Remote
As Christians we know that God creates laws for our happiness and freedom. In handing over the remote, and purging the bad TV from the house, you will most likely experience a more peaceful home and a heart more focused on God’s goodness.
One way of building healthier TV habits, is by watching Christian movies, stations and streaming services that have already been vetted for bad content. That way you don’t have to rely on ratings, which are often inaccurate.
PureFlix.com offers thousands titles of inspiring and uplifting content. From movies like Woodlawn to TV series like Heartland, you’ll know that what you’re watching will help and not hinder your soul as you strive to follow Christ.
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