As I was watching the nightly news, I became curious about TV statistics. Based on research by statistics brain, I found that:
- 99% of households in the USA possess at least one television.
- The average child will spend 1,480 minutes a week watching television.
- By the time a child is 18, he/she will have seen 150,000 violent acts and viewed 16,000 thirty second commercials.
With these statistics in mind, answer the following questions:
- Who or what is having the greatest influence in the life of your child or grandchild?
- If 1,480 minutes are being spent in front of the TV, how much time is being spent reading the Bible, praying, or engaging people in a positive way?
There are two warnings from Paul that are worthy of mention:
- He said you should not be like a child who is “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every false wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming (Ephesians 4:14).”
- Make sure that “no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ (Colossians 2:8-9).”
The 1,480 minutes of TV wouldn’t be so bad if it was healthy and wholesome; however, I think much of it is detrimental to a person’s well-being.
Look at the language Paul used. How much of the 1,480 minutes is captivativing philosophy that can be describe as the “trickery of men, craftiness, deceitful scheming?”