...making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)
Internet, Twitter, and Cable TV ... oh my! I know that you “Wizard of Oz” fans may not appreciate my slight mocking of “Lions, tigers, and bears … oh my!” comment. However, media outlets and social networking tools have become the new enemy for Dorothy, Toto, and friends. They may not appear as scary as the Wicked Witch of the West and her monkey cohorts, but they are just as deadly. Consider what John Piper has written:
“Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age. And, of course, the Internet is running to catch up, and may have caught up. . . . The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality [the condition or quality of being commonplace, trite] . A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels” (Italics added; taken from Don’t Waste Your Life).
Piper goes on to reference a David Wells comment:
“It is one of the defining marks of Our Time that God is now weightless. I do not mean by this that he is ethereal but rather that he has become unimportant. He rests upon the world so inconsequentially as not to be noticeable. He has lost his saliency for human life. Those who assure the pollsters of their belief in God’s existence may nonetheless consider him less interesting than television, his commands less authoritative than their appetites for affluence and influence, his judgment no more awe-inspiring than the evening news, and his truth less compelling than the advertisers’ sweet fog of flattery and lies. That is weightlessness. It is a condition we have assigned him after having nudged him out to the periphery of our secularized life. . . . Weightlessness tells us nothing about God but everything about ourselves, about our condition, about our psychological disposition to exclude God from our reality.” (Italics added - taken from God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams)
Piper concludes, "No one will ever say on their deathbed, 'I wish I had spent more time in front of the TV or surfing the Internet.'” So, between now and that deathbed experience, why should we continue to kill more brain cells, devalue and trivialize God, and live an imaginary life created by www.____________?
It's not that we can't enjoy a good movie (emphasis on good and pure—remember Philippians 4:8) or play the Wii. The point is how much time is spent, day-in and day-out, with the X-box and what are the philosophies of this world doing to stifle and squash our desire for Christ and His holiness? Much of the time we spend vegging out in front of the flat screen can be (should be) better spent … life is short, we are immersed in an evil age and Christ’s glory is the only thing of true importance.
Dorothy, the real enemy is in your hands.