What’s the sin in watching TV?

Many things in life are amoral, i.e. not involving questions of right or wrong. It’s different from immoral, i.e. violating moral principles. I love watching TV. I love surfing the net. But when I spend too much time on them, dulling my spiritual senses and appetite, than to spend more time with Christ in prayer, reading His word, then they become dangerous. The sin is not in watching TV or surfing the net; the sin is having too little love for God. I suppose growing in spiritual maturity is also knowing how to exercise this God-given freedom and choosing what’s best for my relationship with God. This is aptly explained by Pastor Matt Chandler:

What stirs your affections for Jesus Christ? And what robs you of those affections? Many of the things that stifle growth are morally neutral. They’re not bad things. Facebook is not bad. Television and movies are not bad. I enjoy TV, but it doesn’t take long for me to begin to find humorous on TV what the Lord finds heartbreaking.

The same goes for following sports. It’s not wrong, but if I start watching sports, I begin to care too much. I get stupid. If 19-year-old boys are ruining your day because of what they do with a ball, that’s a problem. These things rob my affections for Christ. I want to fill my life with things that stir my affections for him…

We want our people to think beyond simply what’s right and wrong. We want them to fill their lives with things that stir their affections for Jesus Christ and, as best as they can, to walk away from things that rob those affections—even when they’re not immoral.

I think I can easily answer the question ‘what robs me of my affections for Jesus Christ’, but I would struggle in answering the other question. I’m not sure. I need time to think.

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