I am not a fan of television or movies. I find the unrealistic nature of it lends itself to unrealistic views of real life. Lies are planted in the hearts of those who watch it. It is used as a manipulative producer of fear. It creates body image issues and unrealistic views of relationships. It inserts wedges in the hearts of all who see a better life than theirs painted in bright technicolor lies while unfeasible expectations grow in their minds. It is used as an escape from reality and in that virtual reality of flashing colors and lights hides the greatest deceiver of them all: the devil. He meets us all there in our vulnerable alpha state of awareness and slowly plants seeds of destruction. Destruction of self, relationships and lives.
Herbert Krugman was manager of corporate public opinion research at the General Electric Company, which he joined in 1967. In 1969 he conducted experiments that proved in less than one minute of television viewing our brainwaves switch from Beta (the active logical thought waves) to primarily Alpha ( restful and open to suggestion waves). It is from his research that advertisers took advantage of this passive, suggestible, brain state to “encourage” purchase of their products. Did you catch that? Within 1 minute of turning on our televisions and our brains are in a complete receptive state open and ready for manipulation.
Within one minute of turning on our televisions the devil has absolute control to manipulate our thoughts, our desires and our choices.
Don’t think that you are immune because you are Christian either. We can all use the saying “ My God is stronger than the devil so I am ok to watch” in order to satisfy our desire to veg out in front of the tv. You cannot, however, control how the brain the Father gave you reacts to the television. It does not matter who you are, your brain waves change in front of that tv and you are even more susceptible because he seeks to devour Christians. He seeks to destroy us in any way he can and when we sit down and willingly open our minds, he certainly has the ability to manipulate us.
He will manipulate us in the smallest of ways that will have the greatest impact. We won’t catch it, but you better believe its there. The devil has convinced us that television time is “family time” and can be used for quality time together. That is a lie and creates a wedge in the family unit. Maybe we watch a love story and by the end of it we desire that type of affection from our spouse. We don’t get the affection and what happens? The desire for the affection is still there but now there is a wedge between spouses. Maybe we watch and find the bodies on the screen attractive. We want our spouses to look like that. They don’t. No matter how hard they try the won’t. Another wedge is planted. We see children disrespecting authority and it becomes acceptable in our homes. Another wedge. We see violence and it becomes normal to view so when we see it in real life, it has no affect on us. We film it instead of stepping in to help. Another wedge. We want the attention of our spouse, our mom or dad yet they are staring blindly at a screen fueling manipulation. They have excuses for why its ok for them to watch tv over spending time with you. The only way you get time with them is to stare blindly at the tv too. Now you are both being manipulated. Another wedge. Are you catching on?
Are you awake yet? If you are staring at your television, you most definitely are sleeping. Let me wake you up today. Let me share some truth with you and then you decide what is best for you.
Television is evil. It is a manipulation tactic that is now rampant in every home in the world. Its reach is wide and we all find it acceptable, but why? Is it that is the social norm so we just follow along? Doesn’t the Bible say to come out from among them (2 Cor 6:17) and not conform to this world (Romans 12:2)? YES! It does.
What does the Bible tell us about evil?
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me. Psalms 101:3
When we choose to turn the television off and spend time with our family and with our Father we have chosen to hate the manipulation of our minds. It has no hold. Yahuah wins the moment we choose to say no to television. You see, our God is stronger than the devil, but our choice HAS TO ALLOW His strength.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33
Evil manipulates good the moment we allow communication to begin. That communication happens the moment we turn on the television.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, ans such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Television and movies are full of every thing that is NOT of God. We are to set our eyes on Godly things (Philippians 4:8 ). When we choose television over God we choose to set our eyes on things not of Him and, my friends, I promise you that affects you in ways that deeply wound your spirit and the spirit of those you love. Especially when we spend the majority of our free time allowing the manipulation.
What is more important to you today? Peace, love and harmony in your relationships or television? A closer walk with Christ or television? Healing of hearts or television?
Isn’t it time we make a choice? Isn’t it time we stop letting the devil manipulate us and start letting Yahuah strengthen and heal us?