Saturday morning, our congregation had a “Father – Son”breakfast. Shane and the boys were unable to go as it was very early in the morning and we needed our sanity later in the day. Otherwise, we'd look like this by the end of the day.
Of course some of the ladies that helped were talking about it after church and mentioned that they did their own version of “American Idol” I just smiled and nodded and found a reason to move on to someone else very quickly. There, some were talking about how wonderful it was that “Oprah” was talking about the mess that is still in Slidell, LA last week. This is not an unusal occurance. Usually it's “Dr. Phil” or “The Amazing Race” or some nighttime soap opera they are talking about. My husband works for a Christian ministry and this happens at his place of work as well.
Let's think about “American Idol” It's a catchy title, isn't it? However, the word “Idol” alone brings in connotations that I do not care for. In Exodus we are told to “have no god's before me”, and to “make no graven images”. Didn't the Israelites get into trouble for making a golden calf? Do we not worship rock stars, movie stars, sports “heroes” talk show hosts, and an array of other from the “rich and famous” lifestyles without having a T.V. show to promote them?
I have heard Christians talking about Dr. Phil like he was the mouthpiece of God himself. Granted, he may have some good advice, but, to my knowledge, he is not a believer, so why would we go to a couselor that doesn't consider the Word of God? Oprah does good work, but again, she is not a believer, as she has an eccectic religion–made of things she likes, not based on the Word of God. And don't even get me started on night-time soaps Or on some of the movies these Christians come to church or the workplace and talk about.
We have been in homes where the T.V. must be on because the show can't be missed. So we are either visit over the program, or watch the program. Neither of which I am interested in doing.
The Word of God says we should think on things that are true, noble, right pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Most of the T.V. shows available today are none of these things. Yet, we are praising them like they are. This is not something most of these people are even ashamed to admit. In fact, they seem to carry it almost like a banner to be proud of.
I don't know about you, but I have a hard enough time doing the right thing without the inflences of the T.V. in my home. Are you faced with similar issues? How do you handle it?