I got thinking recently (it happens) about how much time the average UK citizen spends watching TV. I'm guessing around 25 hours per week. I'm not sure what the average life expectancy is today, but opting for 70 years; ignoring the extra TV watched around holidays such as Christmas then generously dismissing the first five years of childhood and further, not adding any extra ‘TV time’ for the final 5 years of retirement, my calculations (see chart) compute that the average person spends over 9½ solid years of their waking life sat in front of the box, and that is being very conservative indeed. Considering we spend roughly 23 years of our 70 years of life sleeping, that 9½ years is around 20 percent of the remaining 47 years we spend awake!
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.
Why? Because we pickup the values of those we spend time with, what values do we pickup if we spend 20 percent of our conscious life watching TV? Are they not the values of the World?
For those of us who believe that the Word of God is true we are told that although we are in the World we are not part of the World but we are to be sanctified (separated spiritually not physically).
16 - They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
17 - Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
We are not to conform to this World any longer but have our minds renewed by the reading of His Word (Romans 12:2). We also know that there is a real enemy who has blinded the whole world from the truth (2 Corinthians 4:4). We are not unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11) and are told how to fight back (Ephesians 6:10-18). It is through the World and the love of the World that we see many of the traits of this defeated yet powerful entity, (1 John 2:16) and how very well he uses the medium of TV to promote his values as he promoted them to Eve (Genesis 3:4-5). He is a lier and the father of lies (John 8:44).
Many say that as Christians we are being brainwashed by spending so much time in the Word, but brainwashed into what? Into loving our neighbour as ourself, is that so bad? But what is the World being brainwashed into when they spend 20 percent of their waking time watching the box? Even the most committed Christian is unlikely to spend as much time in God’s Word as the average UK citizen is watching the box.
TV’s 23rd Channel
1 - The TV is my shepherd, therefore I shall be in spiritual want.
2 - It maketh me to sit down in a fantasy land: it leadeth me into worldly desires and wants that torment me.
3 - It vexes my soul: it leadeth me in paths of ungodliness for the glory of God's enemies.
4 - Yea, though I walk through TV's fantasy land, I shall fear for disaster: for thou Lord hast left me; thy rod and thy staff, I now fear them.
5 - It preparest emptiness for me in the presence of my enemies; it markest me as cursed; my life is being wasted.
6 - Surely, God's rebuke and chastisement shall follow me all the days of my life; and I risk dwelling in outer darkness for ever.
I guess there is a place for the odd TV program or DVD, just as there is for wine and celebrations, but not if it dominates most of our leisure time. For you can be sure of this; that a man shall reap tomorrow that which he sows today.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
How many of us wished we had sown more into study on the day of exams or the boxer into training in the bitterness of the fight? And how many Christians will wish they had spent more time in the light of God’s Word when darkness shrouds the land, and with the Lord on the day death comes a visiting?
|25 (hrs per week)|
|25 hrs × 52 weeks||=||1´300 (hrs per yr)|
|1´300 hrs ÷ 24 hrs||=||54 (24hrs days)|
|65 yrs × 1´300 hrs||=||84´500 hrs|
|84´500 hrs ÷ 24 hrs||=||3´520 days|
|3´520 days ÷ 365 days||=||Over 9½ years|
Over 9½ solid years of the average UK citizen’s ‘conscious’ life is spent watching TV. Close to 20 percent of our waking hours.