When Keri and I were married, over 10 years ago, we made the decision not to own a television. Since then, we’ve considered it a couple of times, but each time we’ve decided to continue on without a TV. (We do however watch a movie on DVD every few months, and we’ve now watched through all the seasons of LOST online together.)
Sometimes, people ask me why we don’t own a TV. Occasionally, I have a moderately good answer to that question, but today Keri sent me John Piper’s written response to that question. Here’s an excerpt that I thought was especially good. First, he discusses the sexuality of television media, and then he says this:
“But leave sex aside (as if that were possible for fifteen minutes on TV). It’s the unremitting triviality that makes television so deadly. What we desperately need is help to enlarge our capacities to be moved by the immeasurable glories of Christ. Television takes us almost constantly in the opposite direction, lowering, shrinking, and deadening our capacities for worshiping Christ.”
Wow, that’s good stuff! What do I allow my mind to be exposed to that helps me focus on Christ? What do I allow to deaden my capacity?
I’d highly recommend you read the whole thing. It’s a very humble and insightful response.