Ode to my friend: The television.

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  1. David Mark

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    It’s been so many months now that I have lost count. My television is in the back room collecting dust. I used it only once to view a religious tape someone sent to me.

    This all started out as a simple experiment that I could quit and I can still quit at any time. I was down to watching only two channels for a very little time each day, so I called the cable company and told them to discontinue my television service.

    I initially felt like I had kicked a good friend out of the house. I became even lonelier. Yet I was no longer angry or influenced by any thing I saw or heard on that box, because I saw and heard nothing.

    Every time I missed my little friend, I remembered how angry it used to make me and how often it would insult me and I would continue the experiment.

    The biggest result? More precious time! Yet I am still undisciplined and know not how to fill that time effectively. I am learning. I do go to bed much earlier and I get up very early. That in it’s self has been a wonderful reward. It is simple, subtle, but wonderful. I am also not uninformed on any important current events. I get plenty of news from other sources.

    Have any of you taken control of the TV? What have you seen as a result?

    Dave [​IMG]
     
  2. OsanOj

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    I treat the television like I treat the cumputer. It is just a thing, it can be used for good or bad, its up to me to decide what I will use it for. Truthfully I dont watch much tv. Watch the news and sports, love CNBC and that is what is on at my house most of the time. I am the type of person that doesnt like silence, so I will turn it on to CNBC just to have it make noise while I do other things.
     
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    After the 2001 World Series, my wife and I ditched the TV and haven't looked back. It seems that we have so much more time for reading the Bible and being with each other. We are not constantly inundated with anti-christian philosophies and basically our quality of life was increased. You don't know how much the TV stunts conversation until you do without one for awhile. Getting rid of my TV probably was the best decision my wife and I have jointly made. I don't mean to sound like a TV infomercial for getting rid of your TV, but it "worked for me!" [​IMG]

    Jason :D
     
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    Tough to watch Sooner football without a TV, so I guess I'll keep it. [​IMG]
     
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    Amen to that [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Molly

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    We do not watch much TV...the girls watch a little of TV land occassinally(Andy Griffith,I Love Lucy,etc)...this is maybe 2 times a week for an hour. My husband will watch a ballgame sometimes....we watch fox news and HGTV at night sometimes....I can defintely live with out it. We never watch the main channels....NBC,ABC,CBS....
     
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    We chucked our boob tube around five, six, seven...a long time ago. We have never regretted it.

    My wife and I realized that the TV was becoming our babysitter, and that we didn't much care for the messages it was giving to our daughter. It was next to impossible to screen EVERYTHING that she was watching, and even shows that we used to think was great turned out to be full of ungodliness, smut, and foul language. We didn't even realize just how immune we were to all of this until we had been rid of the TV for a couple of months, and went to visit some friends. They were watching one of our favorite shows, but were we ever shocked! In one hour, we watched several istances of fornication, an act of adultery, too many sexual references to count, multiple murders, and so many foul words that we were embarrassed. Our friends didn't even bat an eye!

    I guess it comes down to the frog in a can of water. You see, if you drop a frog into a can of hot water, he'll jump right out. But, if you put that frog in a can of lukewarm water and slowly heat it up, he'll sit there and be boiled alive. We have sat here in our cans of water while Satan turns up the heat, be we have become so aclimatized to it that we don't even realize it.

    My wife will not go to the movies anymore. Even if the movie has a decent rating, she won't go because of the previews and commercials (Yes, they can be that bad). We do occasionally rent a movie (DVD player in the computer), but she still won't watch the previews. You know, I have a great wife, and she is one of the most godly people I've ever met.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  8. Walls

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    Amen, we haven't watched tv for over 4 years. Select videos, yes.

    In the past few weeks, I have had to go to the laundromat to wash clothes. Twice, I couldn't go until the afternoon. During these two trips, the tv was tuned to soap operas. Even though, I avoided watching them, I couldn't help but hear them. Are they ever bad and full of hostility. I found that when I got home, I was so uptight and on guard that is was more that I could bare. The slightest change in someone's tone would set me off.

    Amazing how the devil can use such a tool. :eek: Realizing this, I don't go in the afternoons anymore.
     
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    The TV is just another electronic tool, same as a radio or these PCs. While I respect the decisions of those who've opted to not watch TV, I see nothing wrong with the right kind of entertainment. There IS material on TV besides sex, cussing, and those mindless, ignorant reality and dating shows. I watch a lotta sports, history shows & documentaries, news,and...did I say, SPORTS?
     

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