How much “weight” do we give to God and our Lord Jesus Christ? How much do we consider Him with awe and reverence and depth on a constant basis?
Thanks to TV, not much, according to insightful pastor-author John Piper.
Because of the trivial and fleeting nature of televised programs, and the fact most American citizens spend copious hours consuming them every week, “we have become almost incapable of handling any great truth reverently and deeply,” Piper writes in his book Don’t Waste Your Life. “Magnificent things, especially the glory of God, rest with a kind of weightlessness, even on the church.”
What’s wrong with spending a little time relaxing in front of the television? In and of itself it’s not wrong, I suppose. But all of those hours diminish our ability to deepen a right relationship with the One who deserves all of us, Piper concludes.
“Therefore, the man who stands before God with his well-kept avoidance ethic,” Piper writes, “and his protest that he did not spend too much time at the office but came home and watched TV with his family, will probably not escape the indictment that he wasted his life. Jesus rebuked his disciples with words that easily apply to this man: ‘Even sinners work hard, avoid gross sin, watch TV at night, and do fun stuff on the weekend. What more are you doing than the others?’” (see Luke 6:32-34; Matthew 5:47).
Is Piper right? Or is he envisioning a problem where one does not exist?
Please weigh in with your thoughts.