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“With Four Hours of Daily Television, No One Shall See The Lord”

watchingtvYou’ll have to bear with me today as I blog about television and its effects on the Christian. “What’s this got to do with healing?” you may ask, but to me, the short answer is “Everything!” In the 3rd quarter of 2008, Americans watched 142 hours of TV per month, as reported by Nielson Co. This is almost 5 hours a day.

Without evidence, I’m guessing that statistics for Christians are similar. Especially since they are similar in divorce statistics and reportedly, greater in support of torture of prisoners of war (62% vs. 49% – Pew Group Report). However, those discussions are for another day and perhaps even another blog. The focus here is on healing, so back to television.

While there can be good television programming, I think there are few things that are more destructive to faith and a life of communion with the Lord than television. And no, I’m not just referring to sex, violence and profanity. I’m referring instead to the act of TV-watching itself and what happens as you watch TV. It is possibly the most passive and mind-surrendering act you can perform in your home.

Many say they watch TV to relax, but it is merely giving your mind over to the folks in Hollywood. We hand it over to them to fill with images, to engage, but later wonder aloud why we seldom hear the voice of God. It may be that the “still, quiet voice” is drowned out by the multiple explosions and gunshots of those thrillers we have surrendered our minds to.

My personal thesis is that the more we watch TV, the less we’ll hear God. I’ll add even “Christian channels” to the mix here. Some of these are good to watch, others are simply fund-raising operations that don’t edify. If we watch the average of almost 5 hours a day, I personally doubt that we can ever be effective in healing ministry. We simply will not have enough time to pray, to study the word and build faith, and to consecrate ourselves before the Lord.

These days, I now catch myself almost automatically while watching TV. Five to ten minutes seems to be my limit before an internal timer warns me it’s time to move on. I just can’t seem to do it anymore. I realized a long time ago that even with an unremarkable cable package, it is easy to watch TV for hours on end – there is so much ‘interesting’ stuff. History, the geographical channel, news and sports, all of which I’m a fan (sadly!) In Hebrews 12:14, it says:

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

What is holiness? It is separation unto God. The word “see” means perceive. In other words, without separation from the world system (including thoughts, desires, and its affairs), we will not, and cannot perceive the Lord’s purposes. That includes personal leading for our own lives as well as ministry unto others.  If we look at Jesus’ life as a model, we see in Mark 1:35, that:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Watching TV late at night just makes this impossible for us to do, especially if you have a job you must go to. However, without this type of communion with God, forget signs, wonders, healings and miracles.  They just won’t happen for us if we don’t spend the time – it’s that spiritual law of sowing and reaping again.

So, in summary, I’m not saying all TV is evil, but the less time we spend watching TV and the more time we spend praying, the more effective we’ll be in ministry, including healing ministry. There is a price to be paid for more effectiveness in healing. I’ll say it again, there’s a PRICE to be paid to be effective in healing.  May we be ready and willing to pay that price. Amen.

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6 Responses to "“With Four Hours of Daily Television, No One Shall See The Lord”"

  1. My comment is not that an article is presented in the most logical and persuading way of thinking. The most important thing to me is it is written with so spiritual approach having nothing to do with human opinions but bringing relief and joy to see clearly. Thank you for this wonderful source.

  2. author says:

    You are very welcome. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement…I’ll do my best to continue in this vein.

  3. Dave Hayes says:

    I agree with your position on TV. It occupies the mind with foolishness, when we should be tuned in (as often as possible) to what God is saying. Nearly everyone I know who moves in God’s power consistently – is a person who unplugged the cable a long time ago. Thanks for addressing the issue.

  4. You quote above:

    “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

    See our website on this topic:

    http://www.holiness.org.uk/

    • author says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I think you have a great site that is focused on that important attribute of holiness. The scriptures “..come out from them and be separate…touch no unclean thing…” (2 Cor 6:17) is as relevant today as at any time in history…

  5. I spend more time in front of the computer – when my wife thinks I should do more around the house which is true. I do watch or listen to about 2 hours tv a day. However, I am retired. I would rather be doing something including praying for the sick. I should be more active and am praying for greater opportunities for the book I wrote and healing missions. My chief danger is falling into acceptance of immorality as I’m bombarded.

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