“Live right, speak the truth, despise exploitation, refuse bribes, reject violence, avoid evil amusements. This is how you raise your standard of living! A safe and stable way to live. A nourishing, satisfying way to live.” Isaiah 33:15-16
Many people are forgoing the extra expense of cable or satellite TV and watch movies, TV serials, and documentaries through streaming from the Internet, such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu. One of my favorite sites is “Feelin” that features heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, such as seen on Hallmark Hall of Fame. You will not find horrendous bloodshed, scandalous behavior, and themes that are socially unacceptable to the younger audience. And, they are commercial free for a reasonable subscription.
I’ve never enjoyed watching violence on TV, as there is enough of that in our daily news. However, recently I’ve begun to watch murder mysteries on British TV. They are often predictable, unreasonable, and are getting more and more outrageous with each episode. So why do I watch them? They are addictive! In between episodes, I flip back into my feel good movies on Feelin.
There is on-going research by professionals to discover how much violence is perpetuated by watching violent TV shows—especially with children. Some say watching violent movies can make people more aggressive, but only if they have an “abrasive” personality to begin with. If we want our children to be less aggressive, turning off the TV is a good place to begin.
Dear God, help us to spread love through the Gospel instead of being absorbed in violence. Amen.