This actually happened a day or two ago. I was trying to relax and watch something nice on television.
The sports channel. Willowy people are trudging through the snow on skis, guns on their backs. They go round and round a circuit and sometimes, they shoot. In the snow! I think this is some kind of cold torture and change the channel.
A pile of gray rubble in an unrecognizable place. Is it Syria?
I switch to another. They’re giving the world weather. I watch to see what the weather is like where my far-flung family members live.
I go to another channel. A gentleman was brutally assaulted while walking to church on Christmas Eve. He died of his injuries a few days later. Motive and killer unknown.
Click the remote. I see monkeys beside a river. The commentator says they are our nearest relatives. (I’m insulted! They don’t look anything like my nearest relatives!) They go on to interview a young man from a prominent American university who has gone to Africa to study these monkeys. His major is evolution/anthropology. They go back to filming the monkeys who are doing what animals do. All the while, the commentators use human terms to describe what they do, even though they could have chosen animal terms for their actions. (I know humans were made in the image of God. We have a soul. We were made above the rest of creation. I know this from reading Genesis, chapters 1-2, straight from the inspiration of God, the One who created beasts and man.) I am tired of being compared with monkeys!
I turn the TV off.
Black screen now.
No murders, violence, torturous sports (Sorry, if you like biathlon!), or being compared to apes. Just our peaceful house.
Aahhhhhh . . . .
Have you ever felt the same frustration with television programming? Would you like to share how you deal with it? How do you honor the Lord with your choices? Do you find more relaxation just turning it off? I’d like to hear your ideas.