Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Reality TV
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 (NAS)
What do you dwell on? How do you spend your time away from work?

From the beginning, God created man to enjoy the fellowship of family and friends. People gathered for prayer, praise, help, laughter, or tears. They shared in each other's triumphs and tragedies.

Today, the picture looks a lot different, and it's very small. In fact, it's a screen. And whether on a phone or in a theater, any screen is flat compared to the lives we ignore to watch it.

I believe Satan smiles widely as lifeless screens enchant us. We get reeled in, riled up, grossed out, stimulated, and amazed at the exploits of simulated people with whom we cannot speak or touch. As we glue our eyes on idle images--idol images, we see the worst we can become.

In contrast to early church dramas called 'morality plays,' the majority of television shows are 'immorality plays.'

When we became Christ followers, we were given 'The mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16). Surely, if our eyes and ears are God's input devices to our minds, we are poisoning them with harmful images. We cannot kill Jesus again, but we can weaken His Spirit inside us, making ourselves ineffective in teaching, healing, witnessing, power, and love.

We can remain baby Christians, with just enough Spirit to get into Heaven (we hope), but not enough to help anyone else. What do we expect when we play with idols?

God tells us what to look for and what to look out for. Most 'reality TV' is on the 'look out for' list. Actual reality is truth, and truth comes from God. You'll know it when you see it, because it will be honorable, right, pure, lovely, excellent, of good reputation, and worthy of praise.

In conclusion, limit screen time and maximize life time. If you're an actor, act in a way that brings truth and goodness to seeking eyes.

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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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