Watching Television

Read this article on the Between World’s Blog today.  It gives some helpful insight into how to regulate our time in front of the television.  Thought this might be helpful for those who need some guidelines for their home.

From Between Worlds Blog

Randy Alcorn has some helpful thoughts about taking charge of the television. You do not have to agree with all of it to benefit from his advice. Here are his points (but click through to read his reasons):

  1. Keep track of how much time you spend watching.
  2. Decide in advance how much TV to watch per week.
  3. Use a schedule to choose programs for the week–then stick to your choices.
  4. Keep your television unplugged, store it in a closet, and/or put it in a remote part of the house (prevents mindless flip-on).
  5. Periodically "fast" from television for a week or a month. Notice the "cold turkey" effects. (Avoids addiction, reminds you of all that can be done when TV off).
  6. Choose programs that uplift rather than undermine biblical values.
  7. Use the "off" switch freely. If it’s wrong and you keep watching, you’re saying "I approve." (Unless it doesn’t present temptation and you’re critically analyzing it).
  8. Use the channel changer frequently.
  9. Watch and discuss programs together as a family–to avoid passivity and develop active moral discernment through interaction. (Avoid the second TV set that splits the family and leaves children unsupervised).
  10. Don’t allow young children to choose their own programs–that’s the parent’s responsibility.
  11. Don’t use television as a baby sitter.
  12. Spend an hour reading Scripture, a Christian book or magazine, or doing a ministry for each hour you watch TV.
  13. Consider dropping cable, Showtime, HBO, or any other service that you determine is importing ungodliness or temptation into your home.
  14. If you find you can’t control it–or you’re tired of the battle–get rid of your television.

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