AUGUST 13

TV Tyranny

All things are lawful for me, . . . but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:12

To me, one of the saddest scenes in marriage is when a husband and wife retire after dinner to either end of the house—she to watch her television shows, he to watch his. But perhaps it's only slightly worse than sitting together in the same room, night after night, with the television talking over anything else that might be of interest in sharing with one another.

Truly, the TV has the power to take over a relationship.

This reminds me of a joke I heard about a woman who had brought her purchases to the check-out line in a department store. When the cashier asked if she'd be paying with cash, check or credit card, the woman began fumbling in her purse for her wallet, agitatedly placing various non-wallet items on the counter while she looked for it. Unable to keep from noticing that one of the things she'd pulled from her purse was a TV remote control, the cashier humorously asked if she always carried one of these with her.

"No," the woman replied, "but my husband refused to come shopping with me today, and I figured this was the worst thing I could do to him legally."

It's easy to let your lives becomes dominated by television. It can even take over the evening meal; you might even find yourself hooked on a steady diet of take-out food and microwavable dinners—things you can eat while watching the evening news and digesting a nightly dose of TV sitcoms and crime-solving dramas. Little by little, without even realizing it, you begin the process of shutting each other out of your lives, while giving hour upon hour to the make-believe world of television.

DISCUSS

Talk about your television habits. Is turning it on just a natural reflex now? Does it have too much of you?

PRAY

Pray that nothing—not even acceptable things—will come between you and your spouse's affections and attention.  

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