Taming the Monster

It teaches us to say NO to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. – Titus 2:12

Taming the Monster

Are you aware that the vast majority of American homes are inhabited by a monster? It’s true. In fact, most homes now have several. Family rooms, bedrooms, and basements are their favorite spots. The older, larger, ones sometimes have four legs; and some of the younger ones hang on walls. Have you guessed? I’m talking about your televisions. And make no mistake about it: they are monsters.

Like many things in life, your television isn’t inherently bad. It has the potential to provide education and entertainment. The problem is, for most of us, the television has transgressed all proper and constructive boundaries in our homes and lives. Consequently, our conversations, our meals, our study time, our attention spans, our sleep–even our sex lives–have been invaded by this household monster.

You don’t need to throw the baby out with the bath water, but it wouldn’t hurt to set some boundaries for our TV use, both for us and for our kids.

– Steve Arterburn

If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners. – Johnny Carson


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