TV's like a hospital drip. Drips are there to introduce fluids directly into the body: if a patient's dehydrated or if they've lost a lot of fluid, for instance. But if the patient receives too much fluid, it can be harmful. Fatal, even.
TV drip-feeds all sorts of things directly into your brain. Like adverts. They're there to convince you that your life could be better if only you had [insert name of sweet new product here]. Before long, you'll find yourself thoroughly discontented, forgetting the truth of Philippians 4:19, that 'God will provide all [your] needs.'
Or like sexy, sexy... sex. TV continually focuses on the physical appearance. Even in camera angles and scenes that linger on the desirability of other people (in a sense, even in models swishing their hair), they're training you where to focus your gaze. Don't be surprised if you find it much harder to, 'Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable' (Philippians 4:8 NLT).
When we stop enjoying the goodness of people and life as God intended and instead see nothing more than products or bodies, our lives shrink.
So what now? Think about your relationship with your TV. Are you basing your physical, material and relational perceptions on what's being portrayed in adverts and programmes? Is it time for you to unhook from the TV IV-drip and focus on what God considers beautiful, worthy and good?
Soulfood : Obad, Mal 1-4, Mk 7:1-13, Ps 18:1-29, Prov 12:23-24