For the final installment in this series, consider three more benefits of no TV.
7) More productivity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked around after a 4 hour TV binge and realized I hadn’t done a single chore. Dishes still dirty, lawn still uncut, laundry crumpled on the floor, books still unread, but hey at least I got to see how my show turned out right? Give me a break.
What’s worse, I’d complain, “I just don’t have enough time to get stuff done, I’m just too busy.” Ridiculous! When God created us and put us in the garden, He expected us to “cultivate and keep it.” (Gen. 2:15). The garden was a restful place, but God didn’t give Adam a La-z-boy, TV, and Netflix subscription. He knew productivity was good for us. Solomon wrote, “Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecc. 9:10). One could argue I stared at a screen with all my might, but I doubt that was his point.
Without TV, I can get things done! My house is clean, my lawn is cut, and I’m exercising more. I used to come home to two options: A) train my Kung Fu in the hot garage B) amuse myself in the air conditioning. TV usually won. Without it, there’s no competition for my time. It’s either productivity or…productivity.
8) No more being programed by my programs. All media contains hidden messages we don’t even realize we’re accepting. Have you ever found yourself happy that a couple on a show finally got together and fornicated? Maybe there was chemistry between this couple the entire season, but they were always prevented from being together. Finally, at the end they end up together, but they don’t get married. They just sleep together. Hurray! Oh wait, no.
Programs program us. They promote unspoken messages like “Sex before marriage is good (think about almost every popular show and movie today), we shouldn’t judge people for their behavior, our religious beliefs don’t matter, only morons and hateful people believe in Jesus (think Angela from ‘The Office’), God can be taken so lightly as to use Him in conjunction with curse words, husbands are idiots and wives should be in charge (think ‘King of Queens’), foul language, gore, torture and sexual immorality are signs of maturity or adulthood (think about labels like ‘TV-MA’ or ‘Adult entertainment’) or just a game (think ‘Game of Thrones’) and homosexuality is perfectly natural (think ‘The New Normal’).”
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be programed by God’s word than Satan’s world. “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.” (Psalm 101:3-4)
9) Less temptation to covet. Covetousness is one of those sins we don’t talk about much. It’s a strong desire for what others have. Covetousness is condemned in the Old and New Testaments, and was one of the 10 commandments. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his ox or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17).
Have you ever found yourself watching HGTV and coveting your neighbor’s house? “Man I wish Chip and Joanna could come make my house look like that!” or “Man I wish I had the budget to hunt houses like that!” or “Wow I wish Joanna could be my wife!” or “I wish Chip could be my husband!” What’s worse, in between shows there are commercials to show us all the other stuff we don’t have but could if we had the money.
Now, I’m not suggesting if you watch those shows, you’re coveting. But I’ve found the longer I entertain myself by looking at what everyone else has, the more prone to comparison I become. The more prone to comparison, the more tempted I am to covet my neighbor’s stuff.
Even without commercials, during movies or shows I might be think, “Wow that’s a sick car, I really wish I had that instead of my truck” or “That guy has amazing abs but I just have a one-pack, I stink at life.” Without TV, I don’t have to look at what everyone else has. Instead, I can look at what I have and be grateful.
The point of these articles was not to condemn anyone for owning a TV or to make myself sound more spiritual. It was to share my experience and encourage you to consider the way TV impacts your life. My life has been so much richer and more meaningful without it. Maybe yours could be too.