“THE STRANGER” – Comments?

-author unknown.

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche…

My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good
from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger… he was
our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with
adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything
about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers
about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to
predict the future!

He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made
me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking,
but Dad didn’t seem to mind. Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly
while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he
had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.
(I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions,but the
stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example,
was not allowed in our home – not from us, our friends or any
visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter
words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my
mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol
but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He
made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments
were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally
embarrassing.. I now know that my early concepts about relation-
ships were influenced strongly by the stranger.

Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was
seldom rebuked … And NEVER asked to leave. More than fifty
years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family.
He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he
was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today,
you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for
someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
His name?…. We just call him ‘TV’.

(The average Westerner watches about 12 YEARS of television
in his or her lifetime. Yes – 12 YEARS. I wonder what it has done
to our generation that we are not even aware of?)

-Please comment on this topic below-

Posted in Uncategorized by Andrew on July 31st, 2012 at 8:20 pm.

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  1. Andrew Jul 31st 2012

    For those who are interested, the figure of “12 YEARS” of watching TV in a lifetime comes from modern statistics showing many Westerners watch up to 4 hours TV per day, day-in and day-out. This has actually grown worse. So over the course of a 72-year lifespan that equates to about 12 years of it spent simply goggling at the television. Sad.

    -Andrew

  2. Why do My people entertain themselves with the things that nailed my hands and feet? In other words why do we entertain ourselves with the sin that crucified Christ? Why do say we hate sin but watch it on tv as if that’s ok? Is it funny? Really in light of what it cost Christ and does to people it isn’t funny. Thanks for the reminder….

  3. The stranger was you……The TV was just a tool for an escape when everything else good or bad for the moment didn]t matter. It’s unfortunate the TV in most cases gets more attention than the truth which is God’s words the BIBLE.

  4. Andrew Jul 31st 2012

    I wonder what watching all those thousands of COMMERCIALS has done to people’s value-systems, let alone the TV shows. Talk about conducting a giant EXPERIMENT on ourselves!!

    -Andrew

  5. We got rid of that particular stranger in 1986. We’ve never invited him back and he knows he’s not welcome here anymore.

    Gave us time to get our children off the ground — all seven of them grew up without seeing a single hour of television, glad to say!

    They’re doing alright, thanks …

  6. I quit watching Tv about a year and a half ago. The Lord convicted me of this and I am actually appalled at myself that I had allowed it to take up so much of my time. I now spend that time seeking the Lord and reading His word.

  7. Richard Jul 31st 2012

    I feel we should never apologize, because we offend some people our Savior never did

  8. Victoria Christine Bingham Jul 31st 2012

    I stopped watching TV in the 1980s. As a researcher the programming was appallingly dumb, and as a Christian television’s offerings were a constant moral compromise – that I decided to not make, and as a political activist, I eventually came to learn just how fabulously indoctrinating television programming and TV news is.
    When he came along in 99′, I raised my now 13 year old son without television. Nick has never once complained! In fact he feels special. In fact, Nick was just awarded a full scholarship worth $15,000 to a stellar college preparatory academy for his soon to begin 8th grade, thanks to very high grades and precocious accomplishments. Nick himself knows this is thanks to not losing the chance to use his youthful window of opportunity to apply his brain to learning, and his heart to developing moral character. He amazes people. I can’t help but wonder how many more AMAZING children are out there having their brains fried by the banal, inept, and utterly mindless offerings on the hypnotizing screen called Television, as well as whatever moral codes they may be hearing from church and parents being swept away in the tsunami of filth, violence and depravity that is part and parcel of today’s TV experience.
    The Bible directs its readers to ‘above all things – guard your hearts – for out of the heart come all the issues of life’. This job is the responsibility of the parents until such time as a child has grown up and can begin acting as his own guardian. The Lord told us that ‘he who looks upon a woman with adultery in his heart’ has committed the very sin.’ How many Christians sit in churches self assured that they would never commit murder, or adultery or what have you, yet watch the same sins as a form of entertainment on television, forgetting the Lord’s admonition that to participate virtually and enjoy the process, is as doing the sin themselves. Which sins set the viewers up for the same consequences as the criminals or adulterers. Do you doubt that? Then ask yourself why there is so much darkness even in the lives of Christians that should not be there. The cancers, the accidents, the untoward and untimely deaths.. None of these things should be inherent in the lives of sons of God. But because the Churches FAIL miserably in the task of warning people by the word.. as the Book says.. God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.
    The BEST lesson on just how destructive television is may be found in Genesis Chapter 3 – where Eve LOOKS on the fruit which was to be left alone, and as such CONSIDERS partaking of it.. and in II SAMUEL where David LOOKS on Bathsheba long enough to consider partaking of forbidden fruit.. and so the demise of – with Eve – the whole Earth has its seeds sewn and her first son is a murderer, and with David, the next TEN generations of his progeny include children who murder their siblings, children who rape their siblings, children who try to kill their parents, children who became Kings for whom WAR is said to be ‘perpetual’. All of this began with David and Eve ‘looking’ at what they should NOT have looked at. Consider that in David’s later years, looking back over a life of turmoil that erupted from this one act, he wrote the following (Psalm 101:3) “I will lead no evil before my EYES’. Can YOU say that? or do you watch evil and call it entertainment. I tell you it is not just sin, but the most grevious sort. As it leads to the commission of other sins and compromise with the enemy. Finally our Lord in his Sermon on the Mount told us definitively, ‘IF your eye offends you (there is only one way for the eye to offend, and that is put for how it is used and what it is seeing) PLUCK IT OUT! For it is better to go to heaven without one of your members, than to go to hell whole’. I should say so. What say ye?

  9. After 7 years without television, my husband and I gave in to the temptation of a great CABEL BUNDLE DEAL. Physically, emotional and spiritually drained after losing our home and business to the economic downturn, we took the bait. (Note: muse means to think, a-muse means not to think)

    The degradation of television is even more apparent to us now. The Olympics, seemly benign, isn’t even safe…half bared bottomed bikini clad beach volley ball athletes (who admit their sexy appearance) and platform divers, among other things…

    Try a prolonged TV fast, it will become abundantly clear that most messages and themes THE STRANGER shares are those the Lord HATES:

    There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. Proverbs 6: 16-19

  10. scarlet Jul 31st 2012

    I have heard that this stranger moved his wife in and her name is computer/internet and they concieved a child the cell phone.

  11. I change the channel when I find something offensive comes on, there are some older programs, like Star Trek for example where the stories show people with more ethics at least, sometimes end up watching the old western stuff like Bonanza or the Big Valley shows. In their own ways, some of the older ones do offer a sense of values and doing the right thing, even if they’re not preaching or teaching the Bible. My area also has a variety of Bible based channels.

  12. Marc Wildman Jul 31st 2012

    Hello

    I booted the stranger out three years ago and in our case it was cable television. In doing so, I also shut down the ‘liberal-bias’ media, and even our precious FOX channel.

    Infrequently, we use our system to watch movies. In fact, two nights ago we watched an old film called “Where The Red Fern Grows.” When you examine the difference in morality, ethics, God, and Family and how they were portrayed back in the old days as compared to now, it’s formidable

    My wife and I have enjoyed a new life without media, without the perpetual onslaught of ‘bad’ news. People say we are putting our heads in the sand but I say conversely, we are keeping them out of the ‘dirt’ pile. The Bible tells us in Phillipians 4:8; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

    That scripture pretty much says it all and gives us license to follow it to the letter? I choose to think upon good things and it’s rather difficult to do this when the ‘Stranger’ stands like a statue in the epicenter of your home?

    Marc :)

  13. We felt convicted about the TV along time ago and got rid of it. Every time I see it now here and there it proves to me that we live in a world that has gone completely mad.

    Praise Jesus He has delivered us from the need to watch and get our identity from that cable from hell plumbed into our homes.

  14. The TV died when I was 16 and starting on my ‘A’level exam course. My parents decided not to replace it. They thought it would help mine and my sister’s studies to do without it. I left home and went to Bible College. No Television. Then teacher-training and still no TV. I never got around to buying one. Books, Radio, records, friends and of course, church, prayer, Bible… God.

    Eventually, when I got married, my wife had one. I know where the off button is. I’m not sure that I’ll want to replace it. I’ve got a good cable bundle for the ‘Phone and PC so the TV comes in with that. Those screens need to be disciplined.

    I recommend meditating on Ezekiel 8 and the elders of Israel each in his room of pictures, just one step away from apostasy.

  15. Nellie Jul 31st 2012

    As a graduate of electronics, I understand technology. Technology, when used right, will have a benefit and place in society. I believe alcohol had benefits, and we need food but it is the abuse and overindulgence of them that becomes sin.
    Internet has its good, but mankind has found ways to abuse it. GPS is great for location and driving, but now can be used to track people unaware in their smartphones. The list goes on.
    We shouldn’t take what is good and proclaim it evil, Technology has its good, we need to look at the intent of their heart.

  16. Here is a video with a prophetic view using public domain clips we believe is enlightening and inspired called “Tell-A-Vision”. http://www.higherpraisetube.com/video/Tell-A-Vision

  17. sharon Aug 1st 2012

    You said it true Scarlet. Just a different size screen now.
    Same captivation of the eyes, and mind. Easier to carry around with everyone. Some while gazing walk into danger. Both literally and spiritually.
    Let us never forget to take time daily to listen for that still small voice that calls us to Him.

  18. debonnaire Aug 1st 2012

    lost all interest in watching TV at conversion. Once though , i tried to watch a movie , one of the IndianaJones i think it was, but could not even understand what the story was about, LOL it seemed absurd, and my heart and mind were in another place so i quit. Where did these thousands of hours spent in front of that box have gone ?

  19. Janet Hoskin Aug 1st 2012

    TV is a pernicious influence. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrims Progress and The Holy War. He wrote that in the last days people are deceived through the eye ‘gate’ and the ear ‘gate’. Time to pray more :) and take care of our Ways

  20. Jamie Aug 1st 2012

    “”I have heard that this stranger moved his wife in and her name is computer/internet and they concieved a child the cell phone.””

    Nail on head, Scarlett! I wonder how much prayer life and relationship with the Lord those idols have stolen? Perhaps they are a great part of the falling away, a GREAT part.

  21. Ezekiel 14:1-11
    Any believer who “puts before him that which causes him to stumble into iniquity” and then tries to go to God in prayer, God will answer him according to the multitude of his idols, which have caused him to separate himself from God. God will set His face against that man, and will cut him off from the midst of God’s people. So God says, “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.”

  22. What is allowed on TV in getting worse by the day. You can be watching the news in the middle of the day then something quite inappropriate comes on. I have successfully complained a few times but I wish myself and others would complain more. I can’t remember the figures but the brouldcasting standards sent me the statistics of complaints in NZ and there were only a pitiful amount. I encourage everyone to start writing in complaints about standards and maybe we can make a difference.

  23. Andrew Aug 1st 2012

    I believe there is quite a difference between TV and DVDs – or even TV and Internet (usually). The COMMERCIALS as well as the SHOWS on TV are mostly complete junk (or worse) and people tend to just “sit and blob” watching whatever is on. I do not even watch TV News – it is so dumb often.

    At least with a DVD you can CHOOSE exactly what your family can watch. Same with Internet to a large degree.

    In my view, 12 YEARS of TV in a lifetime has to be a large part of the decline of our nations into a moral and ethical wasteland.

    Bless you!

    Andrew

  24. atherton Aug 1st 2012

    I have to say if used properly the internet is a very useful tool. I use it to communicate, do business I would never have been able to do before, to research and a lot to research and read the word of YHVH. It gives me free access many opinions and help where needed. I would never compare the internet with the cell phone or TV. All though is used properly they are both valuable tools too. It is the user who should know when to and when not to use them. TV does have benefits, there is the news and weather and even other good programs on. Cell phones and smart phones are very good tools when used properly and responsibly.

  25. Excellent!

    Some say the TV is also a repleacement for a fire that would once flicker in the corner of the room instead. During a recent holiday with a fire and no TV I would say this is partly true. Perhaps having a real fire alight could help some wean themselves off the TV?

    I think that the internet is in many ways worse than the TV with these attractive catalogue models ads suddenly poping up from nowhere within yahoo em, (does anyone know how to block that?

  26. Val S Aug 1st 2012

    I have seen this one…all I can say is that it is right on. I have been feeling more and more convicted about using my time….*redeeming the time for the days are evil*….and am watching much less than I once did….much of my fare was news and PBS but nonetheless……it can be less than beneficial and at times downright harmful…and really it is just the same as inviting some profane rude being to take up residence….this makes it uncompromisingly clear! Thanks for the reminder!

  27. Kathleen in WA State Aug 1st 2012

    I confess, the “Boob Tube” runs way too much at this house. It’s rarely tuned to anything hurtful (except news), as we often enjoy an evening of National Geographic or the Discovery Channel. Old movies are a hit as well. But sometimes I am keanly aware of the background intrusion of blah, blah, blah.

    Right on, Scarlet! I am amazed at how many people have their eyes focused on a cell phone while driving, shopping, etc. Now that’s a burdensome “friend” if ever there was one!

    Growing up the T.V. wasn’t turned on but for the 6 o’clock news, and occasionally Hop-Along-Cassidy or Disneyland. Dad sometimes sneaked in a football game or two, and he did like the Cartwright boys on Bonanza. But mostly the T.V. was something I had to dust.

    I prefer dust to blah-blah-blah.

    Gotta give this one some emore thought.

  28. When Samsung came out with a tv that can watch you I decided tv does have a place.In the garbage !
    They say that here in America they realized the power of tv when nixon lost to J.F.K.Nixon sounded better but Kennedy looked better.

  29. Andrew Aug 1st 2012

    We have computers in the house but no TV.

    Everyone marvels at how “well behaved” our kids are!

    They spend a lot more time on crafts, reading, writing, making things, etc. It is so easy to “improve” your kids. Turn the “boob tube” off!!

    Bless you all,

    Andrew

  30. This “Stranger” story sounds very similar to the excellent tract that was published to fight against Television addiction in the 1950s called “My Experiences with a Kleptomaniac” by Don W. Hillis. I have scanned that tract and it can be viewed via the weblink above or if that does not work, you can find it and other tracts listed at the very bottom of my website CenturyOfSelf.com.

    Hope you enjoy that tract as much as I do. I discovered this tract in the history museum of a Christian camp in Oregon – Camp Canby Grove. Greats like Towzer spoke there in the 1950’s…

    Steve in Idaho

  31. We were talking about this in church last week. If you put someone from the early church or even several centuries ago in front of TV for a few hours they wouldn’t believe the murder, lust and adultery that we digest as entertainment.
    I have increasingly become aware of the desensitization of TV, movies and games. Today I still flinch at the same sex romance that is a regular part of programming now. There is definitely an agenda to portray it as normal and commonplace. If I sat and consumed most of the junk that is on every evening with an uncritical eye I would soon be thoroughly ‘slimed’ by the world.

  32. p/s, Sadly I don’t flinch anymore when I see death, murder,or most of the other things done in the name of entertainment. Hopefully God will renew my mind and restore a sensitivity and innocence.

  33. The stranger visited my house. As an abandoned child, he took the place of my dad and sang me to sleep when I was lonely. He was really good with people and he looked after most of my friends as well, waiting for our solo mums to finish a hard day at work. They used to call us latch-key kids. Thing changed later on when I caught him telling porkies. I confronted him about some of his stories but he straight out lied to my face, so I got angry and kicked him out of the house. I don’t miss him at all, but sometimes use his old lines to tell new stories with my own kids..

  34. John Martin Aug 1st 2012

    Dear Brother Andrew,

    I thought you had shared this editorial previously but it bears repeating.

    I enjoyed the excellent comments/observations in the blog postings.

    What’s broadcast on TV is indeed nearly a complete waste of time. Even much of what’s broadcast on some “Christian” TV channels sadly does not even merit watching although there are some good Christian broadcasts thankfully.

    TV can be addicting but I had managed to decrease my watching to about 30 minutes a day on average. Then a year ago the cable TV went out and I’d have to pay to upgrade to digital cable TV and decided not to bother. It is great having that extra 30 minutes a day for other things. What’s also good news is that my children never even complained about not having TV!

    I have to agree that even when watching a relatively benign sporting event on TV, the commercials can still be quite atrocious.

    Now are TVs are used to watch DVDs or tapes that we control.

    In video games, my girl has a Wii and has now asked for an Xbox for her birthday as she has gotten used to playing war games on Xbox at her friend’s house. Because I love my children, I will explain to them that I won’t get an Xbox for (1) the games they want to play are not good for their soul and (2) it will distract from their studies.

    We have to constantly be on the watch though. I had downloaded a free chess game app to play on my iphone. While I enjoy the game, ungodly R rated advertisements kept popping up whenever I started the chess app. So I deleted the chess app. Wading though the garbage ads to get to the game wasn’t worth it.

    Indeed more time with our Lord and avoiding soul poison whenever possible is essential to glorify Jesus, hear our Lord clearly, and to fulfill the work he has called us to do.

    Blessings!

  35. That’s awesome! Best thing I’ve read on your post. It doesn’t really matter what your religion is regarding the idiot box. There’s a reason its called “programming”.

  36. George Luther Aug 1st 2012

    Amen Andrew, John, Saints et al,

    Even went I was in Ethiopia earlier year to adopt my son and was in the home of Pentecostals I would find myself asking them if they could please turn off the TV. Almost invariably there would be some ungodly American music video with a half dressed women or a show glorifying fornication like Friends on and they would think nothing of it.

    Christians allowing ungodly TV programming into their home is a global problem (as Andrew has pointed out on previous occasions).

  37. Andrew Aug 1st 2012

    Thankfully a lot of African and Indian TV is not as “sick” – but someof it has ‘spiritual’ overtones that are “off”.

    I agree with the statement above about Video Games. A lot of them are pretty bad – and they are banned in our house too.

    Just such garbage to waste hours on – and fill your head with. Hours and hours and hours of mindless junk.

    Bless you!

    Andrew

  38. MrDougPro Aug 1st 2012
  39. I’ve had many, many years to watch our electronic inventions take over this world. Some good, some bad. I loved early TV. That hooked me…so many live comedy shows and news. When you belong to the King of Kings, you notice when subjects and stories start to sputter and change. I quit watching ‘entertainment’ TV in the late ’80’s…It had gotten too unethical, too ungodly to view.

    I wasn’t too swift understanding Revelation in my intermediate walk, so I took ten years studying Bible escatology with a vengence. The daily happenings from around the world helps me see the changes our Bible said would happen.
    Having 5 grown children, 7 Grand children and 6 Great-grand children, I see the stranger has become a great threat. ‘Woe to the babes born in the last days’. I see what the ‘stranger’ has ‘done’ to try and take over their minds. It’s a battle of the ages.

    I still watch the news and history about the ‘middle east and the world’. That’s where my heart and my eyes are fixed. It’s just breathtaking and right on with the Bible, and we’re so close. When our heart convicts us, Obey. There’s good and bad. Just know when the stranger has come to rob, steal and destroy. Flee from his fatal trap. Don’t be like the frog in the pot!

  40. The same goes for newspapers and glossy magazines and trashy romantic novels, sci-fi and crime books. There is a saying in the computer industry: “rubbish in, rubbish out”. I really can’t understand any so-called Christian wanting to know about celebrity lifestyles either – they have the worst morals of anyone! It’s perfectly true – what you see through the ‘eye gate’ you take into your mind and dwell on, and dwelling on these images makes you more likely to sin. Glad I don’t have a TV etc. I listen to the radio just to find out what the weather is doing for the day, that’s all. I don’t need to know about the world news – just read Luke 22, Matthew 24 or the book of Revelation or Ezekiel or Daniel and you will see what is going on! I wish Christians would wake up and stop thinking like the world. We had a discussion on love and marriage during a church Bible study recently and it’s amazing how many believers have the world’s view on courting! Most were saying they had to be attracted to a partner to want to get married to them. The Bible, it seems to me, says that loving someone is an act of one’s will. In other words, you choose to love someone. Jesus commanded us to love one another – we don’t have to like each other or agree with each other but we must choose to love one another. I’m afraid to say no one ‘got it’ – they have all swallowed the lie that if you are sexually attracted to someone and you feel you can’t live without them, then that is true love! What absolute rubbish! It’s a pity all pastors or teachers don’t teach relationship lessons from a Biblical perspective. I’ve yet to learn what the man’s role is in the house as a husband, for example! I’ve never heard one sermon over the last 45 years of how to develop a Godly household and what everyone’s role is! I’ve also lost count of how many pastors and visiting evangelists or apostles tell stories using secular books for their examples or showing film clips. Ps. 1 says “Blessed is the man who WALKETH NOT in the COUNSEL OF THE UNGODLY!”. All these secular film clips and works of fiction should not be found in our churches (but then most churches try to be ‘seeker-friendly’ and use these gimmicks to appeal to outsiders). There is much deception around in this time period. We need to guard our hearts and minds like never before. Stay sober people, and close to the Lord in prayer, fellowship and Bible study. Blessings. June.

  41. Ibelieve Aug 2nd 2012

    Very Good Article.

    We never had a tv for twenty years of our marriage. Many from church would tell us they were not into legalism, implying we were.

    We eventually got a tv and tried to stay with old sitcoms but to my regret even when you limit what your watching I find the commercials about upcoming movies are appalling.

    A past friend raked me over the coals saying their was nothing wrong with watching some of these shows. I have been wrestling about this whole issue in my spirit as it is nothing but a time robber.

    Its refreshing to know that there are other Christians out there who recognize this evil.

    Thanks again for this article!

  42. Andrew Aug 2nd 2012

    I believe the spiritual state of the entire Western world would be utterly different if TV had not invaded.

    It has had a HUGE effect – but GRADUALLY so people hardly noticed.

    Bless you!

    Andrew

  43. Donna Aug 2nd 2012

    I wanted to get rid of the TV many yrs. ago but my now deceased ex husband would not allow that, so when I had to go out on my own in 1996, it was from then on that I have not had a TV for which I am very grateful. It has a magnetic power & the quick flashes & subliminals & filth on it are getting worse by the day. I can see by the ads on the internet how everything is way worse. Now I have a burden for my son & his two little children, that the Lord would open his eyes about the TV SOON.

  44. Averyl Aug 2nd 2012

    Like you, Joan W., I still have the TV. I fully agree with the article, but being elderly & having to spend alot of time lying down, I do watch documentaries etc. as well as communing with our Lord, reading, etc.. I’m sure there are alot of others in my position. By the time you get as ancient as me, ads etc. have litlle, if any, impact!

  45. Serenity Aug 2nd 2012

    Yes Andrew, how dare this stranger invade our home and captivate our children. Like debonnaire, the tv fell off like a filthy rag when I was born again a long time ago. I have loathed it ever since. Our children were blessedly tv-free. “Evil communications corrupt good morals. ” That is a Scripture.
    When my children’s playmates found out we did not have a tv, they would confide to me that scenes on the tv frightened them. The problem was that THE PARENTS were hooked. Who would take their child to see the carnage of a car-bombing ? Why then bring the scene into your home ? Children are traumatised by what they are viewing daily. Not to mention that the flickering screen makes a child’s mind unable to concentrate normally.
    Don’t just turn it off – GET RID OF THE SEDUCING STRANGER. We will give account to the Lord of what we allowed into our little ones’ lives.
    Angelica Zambrano was shown an 8 year old boy in hell. ”Why ?” she asked. He was allowed to feed on children’s programs, full of rebellion and demons, from an early age. The parents did not bother to wean him off that ‘diet’, or discipline him firmly, in love. Now he is in hell for eternity.
    Where are our brains ? – And OUR HEART ?

    (I do not address elderly people who know where the ‘off ‘ switch is.) God bless.

  46. Sharon Aug 2nd 2012

    Reading down thru the comments got me to thinking. The tv is like being in a waiting room. There does seem to be a lack of a move of God at this particular time. Many are just ‘filling’ the time with what-ever is handy. Computer, games, videos, meetings, sports.
    Even the religious channels seem to all be ‘re-runs’ of the mesage that something big is about to happen. Heard that the first time in 1988. Having been in a church setting where they all got rid of the tv to become more spiritual. That lasted a few years, then all went back to the tv, ect. The lack of fire in the church is not a tv, or computer thing. The ‘stranger in our homes’ is because we are waiting for something. Feeding the poor didn’t fill that , going to church three times a week, didn’t do it. Hyper-revivals and religious super stars haven’t moved the church. Hard times might make a little diffrence, but they aren’t difficult enough yet.
    Myself I see it as lack of unity in the Body of Christ. When that begings to change, for whatever reason, there will be a sturring
    of the waters.
    sorry to go on so long, I don’t like long boring posts myself.

  47. Andrew Aug 2nd 2012

    Interesting thoughts, Sharon.

    Thankyou

    -Andrew

  48. Averyl, right on! There is good and bad in everything in life. When we reach the joyous age we are, we begin to understand the order of things most important in our existance, God and His love….We’ll never reach perfection, but we sure are at peace with HisTruth and un-ending Love. I’m hard of hearing, bad eyesight…the list goes on and on, but am so humbly grateful for these days I live in. I know you understand, for aged people who love the Lord, our Master is to love ‘life’ no matter what comes at us.

    This age is quickly coming to a close. We could say all inventions are perilous to Christain grouth. So all should not have been invented…No, I agree with Sharon here. It’s not pointing fingers or blaming the Stranger, it’s a matter of choice. One good turn, as they say in skiing, deserves another. Repentance brings forgiveness. The human condition has to be guarded constantly.

  49. L. Alex Smith Aug 2nd 2012

    After I moved out of my parents’ house to go to Bible College, I never had one, and the Christian Brothers’ House to which I belonged never had one. Finally, brother Bob had one in his room–and watched Action/Adventure films on it…I could sense a different atmosphere in the house immediately. I got an old one free, set it up in the living room and we used it for the news and for Star Trek Next Generation. Eventually I could see that even with seemingly “innocent” science fiction, a message of secular humanism, evolution, and moral relativism was being preached. During my first marriage, we watched documentaries and “La Femme Nikita” -a dark thriller of anti-terrorist group knocking dangerous dictators, etc. But it had a “dark” effect in our house. During the hiatus between my first and second marriage, I had none–didn’t miss it, either. But what I did have was a wood-buring stove with windows to watch the flames; lots of books; a vast record collection, tapes and CDs, and several musical instruments and art supplies. Now I am married with a lovely wife, and a dear laddie of 3…but the television sits in the corner. I allow my son to watch his pre-recorded (and DVD) educational and entertaining cartoons, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Balamory, and Come Outside, in which a spinster and her wee doggie take the viewer on adventures of exploring nature or factories, to see how things work. We rarely watch actual television–most of what we look at is wholesome documentaries and drama, such as Shakespeare plays.
    My main complaint isn’t the CONTENT–it’s the TIME involved. I try reading to my wife David Wilkerson’s “The Cross & The Switchblade” and she falls asleep! She uses it to “massage” her work-tired brain, as in: something that she doesn’t have to concentrate on!
    TIME! To find time to Pray, to actually STUDY God’s Word (I do this myself during the day)
    It’s not the content…even with Good shows…I find television to be the biggest Time-Waster there is.
    Young person interviewing some of us when we get elderly:
    “What did you do when you were young?”
    “Uhhh…nothin’, I guess…. uhhh, I , uhhh, watched the television.”
    Brakkkk! Is that what we want out of our lives?

  50. L. Alex Smith Aug 3rd 2012

    Commercials? WHAT commercials? We always “mute” them, and come back to viewing when the regular program is back on. And, since most of the stuff we view, we pre-record on our Digital Video Recorder, we simply “fast-forward” through the commercials, thus never having to watch them in the first place. It’s not the invention of the television that is “bad”–thanks John Logie Baird, another Scotsman! It’s neutral in and of itself. And now with another invention, the ability to Record the show and then view it at one’s leisure– one does not have to partake of uncomfortable commercials. We are each accountable for what we do.

  51. phillie Aug 3rd 2012

    The story about the girl from India just broke my heart. My heart goes out to her. I am thankful that she has a place to stay, and I hope that she fully recovers from all the damage that was done to here. We do have it so good in the U S A… And it makes a person stop to really appreciate just what we have..
    God bless

  52. Bonnie Aug 3rd 2012

    A few years ago, I felt the Lord’s conviction about our TV viewing. I asked my husband if we could get rid of it or at least move it out of our main living area. You’d have thought World War 3 broke out. I realized then the intense power (at times demonic) behind the TV in our home. A few weeks later, we turned it on and I’m not kidding, something inside literally fried and acrid smoke filled the room. The thing was completely dead. Talk about an example!

    Believe it or not, we did get another TV, but not without the Lord checking our hearts on a ton of stuff–which still goes on today. I do not feel the Lord saying I can’t view TV at all–but rather, what place does it hold in my heart? And what values will be instilled within us as we watch. That narrows down a ton of stuff. God help us make good choices! But perhaps, as an alcoholic might attest, it’s better to remove the temptation for some. God knows what is best for each of us.

  53. Serenity Aug 3rd 2012

    You are right Sharon, it is the emptiness inside that causes Christians to loll around allowing such stuff to roll over them. That was me exactly. Except I was an UNSAVED empty person, addicted to ‘the box’. For me, the moment I got converted, God delivered me from my problem. PTL !!
    I agree with Alex that this is precious time literally going down the tube. And about the ‘dark effect’ of having such in our house. It is also used to watch anyone in the room.
    Bonnie you are right-on. For those of us who would start watching some stuff, IF we had a box, the one decision to be tv-free means we don’t have to be constantly censoring, etc. And then there’s the matter of what the children might be watching if the parents were away. I knew of a household where one son would sneak home from school at lunchtime to watch the soap operas. (Both parents out working, and tv in the house.)
    There’s also the matter of Christians sitting hour after hour receiving a ‘spiritual’ massage from a procession of tv preachers, some of whom may even be contradicting each other. So who is right ? No time to discern before the next dose.
    Again, I do not speak of the housebound or elderly.
    ”God have mercy upon us.”

  54. Back about 1980, there was a book written called “The Plug-in Drug” by Marie Winn. It was on of the most influencial books I read in my life. Since then, I rarely watch TV. (Local news and Green Bay Packer games in season).

    I drive school bus part-time as a substitute driver. Often, when the kids come up to get off, I talk with them and sometimes ask them what they will do when they get home. Watch TV and play video games are the top two answers.

    I think our society would be vastly different if TV didn’t exist.

  55. Andrew Aug 3rd 2012

    I wish everybody read that book, Jim.

    It is SO TRUE!

    Bless you,

    Andrew

  56. Hollywood has robbed the manhood from every man who sits and watches them. Wanna become effeminate? Watch tv. Our sons are men, Hollywood has never tainted their manhood. They know they are men, they understand they are men, they live like they are men. They ARE true biblical men and hollywood has nothing in them.

    1 Corinthians 13:11
    When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

    To be a man, a man has to first put away the childish things. My 18yr old son recently concluded that for him to reach manhood that it was an absolute necessity to be done away with childish things first.

    much love,
    Sarah

  57. Ibelieve Aug 3rd 2012

    I’m a little amazed here!

    Some of the comments mention the evils of TV but they close the comment with I’m not talking about the elderly or shut-ins.

    What message is this conveying?

    My Wife’s Grandma never had a TV. She spent endless hours praying on her knees for her grand children. All the cousins tell of when they were children they remember grandma praying for all the nieces and nephews when they went to stay with her over the summer months.

    Many of those children as they got older turned from the world and now follow Christ because of Grandmas prayers.

    Here’s a woman of great age mentioned in the NT:

    Luke 2:36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

    I don’t understand why any of us would make excuses for the elderly?

    Its implied in some comments that we eat, sleep and watch documentaries till we die is normal Christianity.

    The reason we justify so many things in Christianity is because we have been programmed by the western society at large and are not aware of it.

    To me it seems a little frightening to think all there is in life is to end up watching endless and worthless documentaries, knowing I may meet the Lord at any time.

    Psalm 90:11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
    For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
    12 So teach us to number our days,
    That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

    13 Return, O Lord!
    How long?
    And have compassion on Your servants.

  58. You are 100% right on, Ibelieve. No matter how old we live, we are accountable to The Lord God, in every thing we do. Age is no excuse, period. Thank God, He is God!

  59. Ibelieve Aug 4th 2012

    Joan W.
    I was thinking on the way to work what if the stranger in the house, swayed someone into false doctrines or some deception that would keep them from heaven. The possibility is there at least.

    What a tragedy.

    On the other hand I know Christianity is not based on a list of ten rules. I think its a matter of the heart, if a person is disciplined, TV will not be the top priority.

    I would like to read that book mentioned, “The plugged-in drug”.

    Lord Bless
    Gary

  60. Andrew Aug 4th 2012

    You are right, Gary. There is no “law” on this.

    TV is just one of those things that does such harm in households today – by every message it conveys.

    But you are right that becoming “uptight” and legalistic about it is no good either.

    We got rid of TV and games, but we still have computers and our family watches DVDs that we try to “choose” carefully.

    This balance has worked in our household. Others need to find their own ‘balance’.

    Bless you!

    Andrew Strom.

  61. Ibelieve, I, myself do not doubt the stranger does exactly that. The description of ‘the stranger’ is the exact description of satan and all his demons. You are so right about about ‘tne ten rules’.

    I gave up movies, intertainment TV, entertainment Internet, just about anything that tried to neutralize my values which are set by the Lord. Every form of entertainment on this earth is always taken over by the devil, for he cannot create anything….the earth itself, is his objective. He just destroys each and every thing he can…mainly God’s people,…even in music, books, games, you name it. That’s where our re-generated minds come in. If God tells you to flee from a thing, obey Him.. post hast.

    After living a lifetime learning, obeying (or disobeying my Lord and Savior) and learning the precepts of our God, we learn to listen and hear His voice very distinctly. We should never rest on our laurels or coast to the finish. We must stay obedient and vigilient.
    Yes, Gary, you are right again, everything is a matter of the Heart. If something makes me stumble, I must let it go. We cannot protect Christians from going astray; that’s God’s work for only He knows the exact condition of the heart..,.. but we can sure be there to give them God’s Hope, Love and Support.

    By the way. Even a slouthful parent can lead a child astray…by being inconsistant and giving their child or children bad examples, not to mention the old addage: ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ That can play havoc on a child’s mind. Just keep growing in the Lord, Gary. That thought makes me so happy.

  62. Serenity Aug 6th 2012

    Yes, Ibelieve, your comments (and those of others) are right re the elderly and shut-ins. I felt I was coming across as judgmental, which I don’t want to be. Therefore I backtracked a bit. Two people on this thread said they are elderly and watch some tv, because they are not able to do hard physical work. Others on here watch a little selected programming. I would not want to seem to CONDEMN them.

    Myself, I can’t stand ‘the box’, and if I became elderly I believe I would be living much as Anna above did.
    What grieves me is ‘Christians’ having tv going day and night when little children are around.

    Your wife’s grandma had it right, Ibelieve. If only all shut-ins, etc, spent much time interceding for their families.

  63. Serenity Aug 6th 2012

    I’ve just remembered my saintly friend. She was a totally godly lady of the highest integrity, and worked tirelessly for her family and for the Lord. When widowed, late in life, she spent her days in her closet interceding day and night for her unsaved family and for an afflicted friend.

    When her strength was gone and her mind had lost its keen edge, she sat in her armchair all day at home being attended by a caregiver. There was an uninterrupted flow of programs from Christian tv.
    She is an excellent example of what I was talking about.

  64. When widowed, late in life, she spent her days in her closet interceding day and night for her unsaved family and for an afflicted friend.

    That touched me Serenity, thank you for sharing that… :-)

    That’s what I want my life to be like…

    By the Grace of God it will be…

    Right until the end…

    Amen sister?

    This is what we want…

    The Lord to have His way right until the end…

    And to be useful until the end…

    As the Lord breaks the iniquity of the forefathers in us we will be useful right until the end…

    He will do this for He delights in us in this generation…

    He will break the iniquities of the forefathers and He will set us free in this generation to walk in His will…

    We will walk in His will and be satisfied with Him Alone…

    This is not easy and this will be painful but it will mean that we are useful for Him…

    They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (Psalm 92:14-15 NASB)

    The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. (Psalm 138:8 NASB)

    For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV)

    We are safe in His Hands…

    Thank You Lord…

    Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works. The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You. (Psalm 33 NASB)

    But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. (I Peter 2:9-10 NASB)

    Praise You Jesus…

    Thank You Father…

    Thank You Jesus…

    Thank You Holy Spirit…

    Thank You Lord…

    The Blood is our covering and under the Blood we make sacrifices to His Name as He leads us…

    He protects us and we are kept in Him…

    We are secure…

    Amen sister?

    Bless you…

    And may you experience all in Him which you long to experience…

    May He satisfy all the desires which He places on your heart in your walk with Him…

    Love to you and all of yours in Him,

    May you know Him in all your ways…

    You will for He knows you…

    Be blessed sister…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  65. Serenity Aug 6th 2012

    Wow ! What a beautiful prophetic response from brother Andrew J. Horton. Thank you for being His mouthpiece, brother. This is not the first time the Holy Spirit took your words and made them personal to me from HIM.

    I’m still out on the backside of the desert, with a pocketful of promises. His words through you are a great encouragement to me, even more so because they are spoken in faith without any earthly knowledge of where I’m at. PRAISE THE LORD indeed !!!

    Keep bringing forth that beautiful, accurate prophetic gifting that He gives you.

    Love in Christ, Serenity.

  66. Ibelieve Aug 6th 2012

    Quote: Myself, I can’t stand ‘the box’, and if I became elderly I believe I would be living much as Anna above did.
    What grieves me is ‘Christians’ having tv going day and night when little children are around.

    Serenity,
    I agree with everything you have shared.

    One other thing that grieves me as well is when people tell me they only watch the news, (as an example), when in reality they watch everything all the time. The trashy vision (TV), is running around the clock.

    I am of the same mind on what many of the comments are saying here, and as I get older I do not want Hollywood as part of my life.

    If we are to give account of our lives, in a lifespan, 12 years of watching garbage seems to be a total waste.

    I cannot help but remember the words of David, who said; “I will put no wicked thing before my eyes”.

    I am glad this article was shared here.

    Lord Bless,
    Gary