Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NO TV!!!

Two months ago Tedd and I completely removed our TV from our living room. We rolled up the cords, boxed up the converter, and said goodbye. I never wanted to have a TV to begin with but we got one anyway. I have said many times that I could have been born Amish lol. Anyway this is one of the best decisions we have made in our home thus far.

Many of you, if not all of you, probably think that its not a big deal because you don't watch much TV anyway. You're in denial lol If you ACTUALLY kept track of how long the television was on each day in your home, you would be surprised. In MY opinion, not to say it needs to be yours, TV is useless. Years ago before TV's were in 99% of American homes, what did people do? They talked, read scripture, visited with neighbors, they played board games, the children played outside, they ate around the table, and they worked around their homes.

Today, the average American watches 4 hours of TV a day...A DAY!!! 66% of Americans have more than 3 televisions in their homes. Children spend 900 hours in school each year, and 1500 hours watching television. This is so sad to me. During a sermon our pastor pointed out that the average person will spend (brace yourself) NINE YEARS of their life watching television. WOW...aren't there much more rewarding things we could be doing with our lives than being glued to the television?

I by no means think that TV should be banned or that people who have a TV are lazy or bad. I think that for most people the best plan is strict time stipulations. Set a timer and only let your family watch LIMITED amounts of TV. Think of all of the exposure to violence, sex and crime. I am appalled at the mere audacity of certain television shows, especially when they "Bash" God. Jesus called us to live "in the world, but not of the world" I don't think we should completely shut ourselves off from the world. Go to an Internet news site, listen to the radio, or communicate with the people around you. Surrounding yourself (by watching) with profane language and bad morals does no one any good.

Everyone is different but this has sure made a difference in our lives!

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