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Television – Pro and Con

Recent surveys in the “Readers Digest” have pointed out that a large share of the crimes committed today are due to the influence of television. Many juvenile delinquents, when questioned, have reported that their ideas originated from a similar scene enacted on television. This fact may be true. We believe that it is.

The question arises whether or not television has a place in the Christian’s home. This is a very difficult question to answer. The television set in itself is not wrong, for sin is not in things but in the use made of them, as quoted in I Timothy 4:4, “For every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.” We must also remember that we must do all things to the honor and glory of God, as we read in I Corinthians 10:3, “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Therefore, all our works and actions must be to His praise. If a T.V. set can be used to God’s glory, we may conclude that it has a place in the life of a Christian.

We know that this question is very difficult to answer because, just as the radio, magazines, and newspapers are controlled by wicked people, so also T.V. is controlled by wicked people. The devil can very easily use T.V. for his own advantage. He uses it to tempt the Christian with programs which may keep him away from activities in the church.

Therefore, we would say that since T.V. in itself is not wrong, and since it can be used properly, it may have a place in the life of a Christian. This place is very limited, however, because as yet, most of the programs do not cause us to lead a life of gratitude to God.