Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
Hot Topics... TV Time
Just as it is written:

'God has given them a spirit of stupor,

Eyes that they should not see,

And ears that they should not hear,

To this very day.'
Romans 11:8 (NKJV)
Fed up with their quarrelsome, self-centered ways,

God blurred their eyes and dulled their ears,

Shut them in on themselves in a hall of mirrors,*

and they're there to this day.
Romans 11:8 (The Message)
The average American kid spends 60-plus hours a week staring at screens, including TV. I don't need to say how stupid this is, but I will say TV stupefies us.

It turns us into Matrix-like sleepers, living a vicarious existence, devoted to singers, actors and shows, preferring make-believe lives to our own.

TV gives us friendship, knowledge, advice, adventures, enjoyment and role models. But the price is exorbitantly high. Nothing less than our hope and our future.

Even more, for saints of the Most High God: What TV seems to give, God gives better, richer, truer... with no hidden danger.

Some antidotes to mesmerizing screens:

1) Turn them off... frequently and happily. Always prefer real people to fiction.

2) Examine each show's content carefully. Is it glorifying evil--or good?

3) Become a hero in your own life now. How? Offer your help and act like Jesus.

## Hot Topics: TV Time (Part 69)

* A hall of mirrors (including the distorted ones like we see in arcades) is a strangely accurate description of TV.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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