We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


The Push of a Button

When you’re tired, isn’t a soft recliner and your favorite tv program the perfect activity?

Researcher Robert Morse believes TV saps cognitive strength. He contends the consequences of TV are analogous to the situation in nursing homes where inactivity leads to cognitive impairment. After an hour or two of TV watching, people come away cranky, irritable, tired, and ready to explode. This is to be expected since the basic technology of TV is used in more advanced forms of mind control.

Lawrence Kohlberg in his research states, “By contributing to cognitive impairment, mass media of entertainment has a deleterious effect on a child’s moral, social, emotional, and religious development.” Dr. Ted Baehr states in his book, The Culture-Wise Family, “With regard to social and emotional development, a child needs dramatic play to develop these areas, but dramatic play . . . is inhibited by watching TV or movies. Watching social interaction on TV is not enough, because a child must do or act.” They must be more than an observer, or their social, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual growth will be impaired.

Baehr continues by saying, “In the case of psychological maturation, the necessary function of suppressing detrimental functions of the libido is impaired because TV, and other mass media, indulge these detrimental functions. With regard to religious development, impairment of the symbolic function results in the “clogging of the filters of religious perception” so that the child’s doorway to experience the transcendent is blocked . . . TV inhibits a Christian ontology and worldview.”

This probably isn’t surprising but what is alarming is that very few are doing anything about it. Paul states in Ephesians:

“‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:14b-17).

Maybe, knowing the Lord’s will is just the press of a button away.

Published in: on November 16, 2010 at 3:13 am  Leave a Comment