TV ImmoralityI Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
TV tempts us and attempts to glamorize and legitimize sin. TV will convey the idea that being attractive makes us good and being unattractive makes us bad. It will make us a spectator of imaginary lives rather than participants in real lives. It can stunt our growth as a Christian. It can make us unhappy and unsatisfied with our lives. It will try to educate us according to the beliefs of those that control it.
Romans 1:32: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Do you think the evil things on TV are OK because you are not the one doing them and you are only watching and enjoying? Wrong!II Timothy 2:16-17: But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: . . .
Profanity on TV is abundant. Vain means empty, useless, insignificant, fruitless, irreverent or lacking substance or worth. It ought to frighten us that watching and listening to these things will increase unto more ungodliness. The verse plainly teaches that watching these things will erode Christian standards.
How often have you watched a program about a married couple who have started out with a good relationship. Disagreeable things happen and it ends up with soft lights and dreamy music as he climbs into bed with another woman. The idea is that he is happier with her and she is better. They seldom give attention to the pain and suffering of the abandoned wife and children. The idea is planted that maybe you would be happier living that way. God calls it adultery. He had people stoned to death for it in Old Testament times. TV glamorizes and normalizes it. God condemns it! And by the way, TV seldom points out any flaws in that second woman or the problems the new couple have. In fact, people who divorce and remarry have a higher divorce rate than first marriages. Second marriages are not better than the first ones, they are worse.
Have you ever seen the commonplace commercials where one person lies to another and says they are out of this or that brand of beer or soda pop so they can have it for themselves? It makes liars seem attractive and selfishness to seem acceptable. How about the sitcoms that make the children appear more intelligent and wiser than their parents and disrespectful of them? What happened to Honor thy father and thy mother? And why are there so many programs that include homosexuality and try to make it seem normal? God calls it an abomination and destroyed 2 cities because of it in the Old Testament. Homosexuality is a sin which can be forgiven, just as any other sin. The Lord loves the homosexual the same as he loves the rest of us sinners, but his forgiveness must be sought just as for any other sin.
Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
TV will give you the impression that you will be happier with this car or that medicine, hairspray, toothpaste or whatever they are selling. The people on TV don*t seem to work, they have plenty of money, they are better looking and they get the problems solved by the end of the program. In short, we can learn to wish for what they seem to have. They really aren*t happier than we are. If you keep your eyes open, you*ll find out they have worse problems than we have. The suicide rate, divorce rate, depression treatment, alcoholism and drug abuse among entertainers should cause us to quarantine them rather than learn from them. We should do the opposite of everything they advocate and practice.
Drinking alcohol is promoted as acceptable, normal and as the solution to problems.
Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Alcohol and the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the same verse because they are in direct opposition to each other. There is excess in wine (alcoholism). There is no such thing as too much of the Holy Spirit!
Some little known facts about alcohol: It kills brain cells (we have lots of them, but I need all of mine, how about you? It impairs your mental and physical abilities. It lowers your self-control. It destroys lives, health and families. It has the ability to kill you in just one binge. It can destroy your liver. One of sixteen people who drink will become alcoholics. If there was a one in sixteen chance of an airplane going down, would you get on it? In two-thirds of auto accidents where there is a fatality, alcohol is involved. Something above 50% of the criminals in our prisons were under the influence of alcohol when they committed their crimes.
Just a few of the false impressions about God that TV tries to give: God is a grandfatherly type sitting on a cloud that really doesn*t know what*s going on. God is like a genie, we just rub him right and we get what we want. God is a cruel meany. He doesn*t understand us. He doesn*t care about us. The Bible is an ordinary book. The Bible is not accurate. The Bible is unnecessary. We really don*t need God. We don*t owe him anything. (Maybe an hour on Sunday morning.) We aren*t accountable to him. We don*t need to worship him.
It calls Christians fundamentalists. But it also calls Muslims, Hindus, Cults and many others fundamentalists. TV producers do not understand the difference between right and wrong. They do not know nor care how people get to heaven. Most of what is on TV is shallow and spiritually worthless, actually harmful.
For more about the evils of TV see the Bible study entitled The Stranger.