The carnality of television beaming into my home is something I choose to live without. For the last three years my family and I have not watched basic television or cable. This has been a personal choice that I have established within the boundaries of my home. This choice first came about because I was honestly late making payments on my cable package.
Shortly after the missed payment mishaps; I started attending a wonderful church that I now call my second home. The pastor of this church spoke about how carnal minded television was and how easily our minds can become seared by images of violence or nudity and even the vulgarity of language that is used to promote television shows. His concern emphasized that the Word of God was to be put in our minds more than the carnality found on television. His sincerity on this matter led me not to pick back up my cable package; however I did pay off the bill.
My ten year old, easy enough has been compliant with such boundaries; but has watched television shows such as undercover boss and turtle man at her grandfather’s house. She knows more about what is on the television screen then I do. However that does not stop me from entertaining her thru the simplicity of movies. When our cable was first turned off we may have watched more movies then we do now, because let’s face it; we had never once gone without television before.
This whole idea was new to us and three to four movies a day was a natural way of life. Nowadays in are home we watch one to three movies a week. Our scheduled movie night is usually on Fridays and of course Papa John’s pizza is our favorite guest that drops by. Watching movies over television has had a significant change on our lives for the better.
My daughter has a set schedule that she follows after school which consists of piano practice, reading, homework and free time. Before the lack of television she would come home and sit in front of the TV as much as possible. There was no ambition in her to be productive in a positive manner. It was like the TV screen influenced her more than I ever could.
Now that I regulate what comes in the home through the television screen; my daughter has won an award for being the top fourth grade reader in her school. The lack of television has also helped my mind focus more on parenting. We spend more time outdoors, in prayer, or we simply spend more time being together. This is fine with me because they say love is spelled T-I-M-E and that’s something you can’t watch in front of a television screen.