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Amusing Yourself to Death

Growing up in the mid-Atlantic part of the United States, my parents placed major restrictions on my ability to watch television. Each summer I was forced out of my house to go find something to do with the other neighborood kids. Rainy days consisted of marathon board games like Monopoly and ending with a binging of Atari. When the weather cooperated, time was spent riding bikes, skateboards and playing something sports related. If I didn’t fall asleep right away, television was limited to relaxing at night.

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” – Acts 2:37

Cable television didn’t arrive to my region until 1983, but my parents opted to wait another five years before playing a monthly charge to watch television. Beside going over friends houses to watch Music Television and HBO, I didn’t experience cable until college. Despite being intrigued by all the channels, a busy social life kept me active through college. Most evenings wee spent enjoying dancing at nightclubs, karoaking at my favorite cafe and playing sand volleyball. At this point in my life, I was’t attached to television

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, 1 John 1:9.

After my wife and I finally decided to add cable into our home, television has gradually become more of a priority. Perhaps, being linked and tied to wifi makes this an easier decisio. Yet, if you are not careful, watching television can become a subtle way to amuze yourself to death spiritually. Instead of setting aside time to read the Bible, television becomes an idol that has a way of sucking up all of your idle time. Thus, unless you place safe guards and restrictions on your viewing pleasure, it won’t be long before you die a slow spiritual death, amused and blinded by a guilty earthly pleasure.

by Jay Mankus

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