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Should Christians Have TVs

Should there be a TV in Christian homes?

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 ---lisa on 3/20/09
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Cars kill people. Should there be a car in Christian garages? Sounds sorta stupid: eh? Cars don't kill people--drivers kill people. Did ya know... more people are killed by cars than by guns (at least, in the US.) And since when can a garage become a Christian, anyway?

Besides: if one didn't have a TV, how'd one keep up with what the devil's up to? Well, I suppose one might hang out down at the mall, or the local bar... or even at the church gossip meeting. Actually, I think one can find that sucker just about anywhere, includin' on the TV.

So... you maybe a-fixin' to join up with them Amish guys? They decided to take that extra step past not bein' of this world--they ain't even in it.
---BruceB on 6/3/09

I really don't know the answer to this one. I knew a Christian family who limited their tv intake. I don't even know if they had cable. I know their kids played video games on the tv.

I don't watch much tv. I like to read. I felt like I was so bored when I was at someone's house this weekend watching tv most of the day. I felt like I should've brought a book.
---amand6348 on 5/18/09

I did not own a TV for a long time. House mate had one with cable and I started watching Pastor Scott dissect and diagram the scriptures in native tongues. It helped me to understand the different versions of the Bible. If I copied the Greek to the screen it would still be Greek to me. Granted there are things no one needs to watch on there but we are to rightly consider what we do.
---Don on 5/13/09

Having a TV is not wrong in and of itself. Idolizing it or programs is a problem.
---jody on 3/26/09


Like any other tool, TV can be used for good or for evil. It all depends on YOU on how it gets used. You can use it to watch educational and inspirational television, or you can use it to watch "Girls Gone Wild". The choice is totally up to you.
---StrongAxe on 3/26/09

It is written: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."

A fire is useful, and it destroys. The same for anything else including TVs. Unfortunately, the use of it destroys the christian faith. Christians today have filled up every minute of every day with TVs, computers, ipods, radio, DVD/CDs, friends, family, work, shopping, entertainment, church, that they have no time to develop a true personal relationship with God. Sure, they have the knowledge of God, but deny his power. This is the reason for the Sabbath to be observed especially for today's christian.

Does the TV glorify God or glorify yourselves.
---Steveng on 3/24/09

TVs do not glorify God. Unfortunately, not even the christian programs are beneficial. A more beneficial activity would be to develop personal relationships with your neighbors. Invite them over for coffee and cookies instead of going to Starbucks. I traveled throughout North Amercia and found that neighbors live in isolation from each other even within christian neighborhoods. When I was young, my parents knew almost everyone within two blocks. God is about relationships. If you can't develop a relationship with your neighbors, how are you ever going to develop one with God?

Do an online bible search for "one another," "each other," and "ecourag" because living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle.
---Steveng on 3/24/09

you can make sin from anything in todays world,if you find the bad programs on the tv is catching your attention more than the good programs then you probley should'nt have one,the devil is out there looking for everyones weakness and he'll use a tv as well as other things to find it. when he finds your weakness he'll tempt you with it if you allow him to.
---judy on 3/24/09

People get into far more mischief on a computer than by watching TV.
---ralph7477 on 3/24/09

If we were truly serious about following the Lord we would not have TVs in our homes.

The risks outweigh any benefit.

If our mind is to be "renewed" by the washing of the water and the Word, why would we sit before the almighty boob-tube and brain-wash ourselves? Children's programs teach that having 2 mommies is OK, nature programs teach that evolution created the world, Sit-coms teach that it is OK to commit adultery. The list goes on and on.

Wake up church. The time is short. The bridegroom approaches. Make ready your lamp and put away the things of the world.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/24/09

Difficult question. Knives, guns, cars, explosives, and other "tools" are safe when properly used. Even narcotics have life saving properties when used properly. The real question in my opinion is, "Can I have a TV and it NOT interfere with my Christian walk (worship, witness, prayer-life, etc.)?
Some people turn on the TV when they get up and it stays on until bedtime (or later). Some control planned program times. All things for the glory of God is a good rule to measure by my brothers and sisters.
---mikefl on 3/22/09

Tv is a problem for those who have a problem with lust. Men and women look for things on tv to emulate, but nothing on tv is worthy of copying. Probably you'd be better off looking for Christ.
---BettyW on 3/22/09

As long as you do not idolize your TV. You can watch it! Same goes with any other object.
Love others, as God loves you.
---Tristan on 3/21/09

tv's inform can have educational programming ...just like alcohol it's not about having one it's how much it STEALS away LIVING addicts just exist

average american spends 4+ hours a day sitting like a zombie ZONED out to worthless entertainment

getting together with family friends neighbors for mind stimulating conversation an old concept of an era gone by ......interaction today usually includes a tv on in the "background"

instead more time tuned OUT of REAL life and tuned into the tv drug box

dumbed down numbed up by tv drug ...passing time and their lives away with fictional characters knowing more of fictional characters identity and about celebrities lives then REAL peoples lives
---Rhonda on 3/21/09

We threw ours away for 8 years and didn't regret it at all. We all find better things to do when we don't sit in front of it. To say we should not have one would be wrong. Doesn't it depend what you use it for? To say it would be better not to have one would be correct if it was used for the wrong purpose.
---john on 3/21/09

it is like anything else, monitor what the children. and of course there are alot of aduld temptations, you have to be strong enough with that little finger to know what is respectable and what is not in GODS view
---patricia on 3/21/09

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This question was asked fairly often in the 1960's and 70's, as I recall. I didn't know it was still an issue. There were no home computers then. And network (there was no cable) TV was downright wholesome, compared to today...but Christians were more sensitive to issues of morality then, too.

The choices in viewing and channels are vast in this day and age. It's more a question of WHAT you watch, than if you watch.
---Donna66 on 3/21/09

My short-term boyfriend just broke it off coldly with me last night, so I'm glad I have a TV tonight. I will laugh with good clean programming, beats sitting alone crying all night as I am already feeling lonely for him. Thank goodness for Howie Mandel lol.
---Mary on 3/20/09

The Holy Spirit is our real "Internet" for what really works (o: our connection with all the others "in one body" who are obeying how God rules us in our hearts with His very own peace > "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15)

TV can be more passive, so we aren't giving to others like we need to > We can submit to a movie and we don't even know what is in it, actually being influenced by producers we don't even know. At each *moment*, we can submit to where that movie takes us. So, surely we can submit to God and how You personally take us at every moment in Your peace . . . if we are willing to do this with a movie (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/20/09

That's like asking if there should be a computer--or books--or a car--or anything in Christian homes.

Anything can be at least innocent, or even spiritually useful--or a snare and temptation.

I suppose the real question you're wondering is if the TV should be turned on in Christian homes.

Sorry, but most things (especially inanimate objects) don't fall into two neat categories: Christian and non-Christian.
---katavasia on 3/20/09

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What kind of question is that? TV is far safer than the Internet. Should Christians have Internet access then?

In my town, there are FIVE Christian TV channels that are on 24/7. They run a lot of movies too like Ben-Hur and the 10 Commandments and other Bible stories.
---obewan on 3/20/09

It is up to each person and God if they have a T.V in their home. I have a 2 T.V's in my home one for me and husband and one for my children. I locked my kids T.V so if a cartoon or a movie has any nudity or language they can't view it without a password. I watch T.V and see nothing wrong with it. We do not watch anything that has strong language or any nudity in it. I like to watch Law & Order all of them, The Closer, COPS, and the Court Judge David Young, The People's Court, Judge Mathis shows during the day. We also rent movies and hope that the movie's is okay to watch.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/09

Yes, if a Christian chooses to avail themselves of that technology. TVs are not evil. People can misuse and sin with anything.
---Trish9863 on 3/20/09

Well God does give everyone a free will. We can have TV's, but be very careful about what we watch.

I don't have HBO, or Cinamax, etc., because I know those channels have R rated stuff on them.

We have to pick and choose very carefully what we allow into our spirit. The flesh profits nothing, right?

I do like to come home from work and watch the news and what's going on around the world. I love Hallmark movies, they are nice and clean, no violence, and have a good story to them.
---donna8365 on 3/20/09

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