I have to admit that I have to keep myself in check and have repentented of this in the past when it comes to the time I put in watching television (this including Fox News) as if I couldn’t live without it. Although watching television in and of itself is not sinful if we are honest with ourselves most of what is coming out of the tube these days I would question may have no lasting benefit to the kingdom of God. Is what is on TV spuring you on to love Christ more? Is it helpful in your engagement with culture and other worldviews from an evangelistic standpoint? Is it replacing your time in Scripture, prayer, and meditation? All this under the umbrella of glorifying God. These are just a few questions we might need to ask ourselves.
Below John Piper gives his take on television seeing that he hasn’t ever had one in his house. The quote below was taken from “Preaching as Worship: Meditations on Expository Exultation” (Trinity Journal 16 : 29–-45).
It is not necessary for relevance. And it is a deadly place to rest the mind. Its pervasive banality, sexual innuendo, and God-ignoring values have no ennobling effects on the preacher’s soul. It kills the spirit. It drives God away. It quenches prayer. It blanks out the Bible. It cheapens the soul. It destroys spiritual power. It defiles almost everything. I have taught and preached for twenty years now and never owned a television. It is unnecessary for most of you, and it is spiritually deadly for all of you.
(HT: Andy Naselli)