Television

“Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age…The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels.” – John Piper, quoted in Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals by Trevin Wax

Most people who know me realize that I’m not completely anti-television, but they probably also know that I don’t watch many movies or much TV. I’ll be honest though, its not really because of spiritual conviction–its more because I don’t have time, and if I’m going to spend my limited free time doing something, I’d rather be playing volleyball. However, I did think this quote was very interesting, thought-provoking, and probably pretty accurate.

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