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Electronic Babysitters July 17, 2007

Posted by Joe in Links, Random Musings.


My linking to this post by Al Mohler is by no means a substitute for some thoughtful blogging. I simply believe that we need to spend more time pondering the topic he addresses, namely, the use of the television and Internet–with particular reference to children. You know that I am not a big fan of television, not because it is wrong to watch, of course, but simply because it seems quite difficult to watch a good deal of it and at the same time, have a heart that burns for God. I dare not say that it is impossible to watch television and have a heart for God, but maybe, just maybe, our standards might be a bit too low for what it really means to have a heart on fire for the Lord. Lord knows, we often settle for much less than His best. Might their be a correlation between our lukewarm affections for God and the amount of media we expose ourselves to? I suppose everyone reading can imagine my answer!

Yet as it relates to children, my convictions grow even stronger. Continual exposure to the television and Internet just don’t seem to be helping anyone. Erin and I always laugh at the so-called ‘educational videos’ that are available for children. Of course, they aren’t all bad, but come on…honestly…are they better than reading books? And yes, you can read and watch, but let’s be honest, there are not a whole lot of children who are doing a lot of both.

I might say more later, but for now let me say that whatever your convictions are, as Christians, we are free to watch and free not to watch. May we all strive for faithfulness to our God, for it is before Him that we rise and fall.

Seeking Him with you,



1. Will B. - July 17, 2007


This post on the Reformation Theology blog gives a good outline of the lack of discernment that arises from looking at things on Earth, whether it be ourselves or television, more than we examine God. Too much television is not only a symptom of a lack of affection for God, it also becomes a cause!

“Again, it is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself. For we always seem to ourselves righteous and upright and wise and holy — this pride is innate in all of us — unless by clear proofs we stand convinced of our own unrighteousness, foulness, folly, and impurity. Moreover, we are not thus convinced if we look merely to ourselves and not also to the Lord, who is the sole standard by which this judgment must be measured. For, because all of us are inclined by nature to hypocrisy, a kind of empty image of righteousness in place of righteousness itself abundantly satisfies us. And because nothing appears within or around us that has not been contaminated by great immorality, what is a little less vile pleases us as a thing most pure — so long as we confine our minds within the limits of human corruption. Just so, an eye to which nothing is shown but black objects judges something dirty white or even rather darkly mottled to be whiteness itself. Indeed, we can discern still more clearly from the bodily senses how much we are deluded in estimating the powers of the soul. For if in broad daylight we either look down upon the ground or survey whatever meets our view round about, we seem to ourselves endowed with the strongest and keenest sight; yet when we look up to the sun and gaze straight at it, that power of sight which was particularly strong on earth is at once blunted and confused by a great brilliance, and thus we are compelled to admit that our keenness in looking upon things earthly is sheer dullness when it comes to the sun.”


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