Television. It’s a vacuous, idiotic black hole that sucks time and energy away from people; but more importantly, it distracts people. It distracts from what is good. It perverts beauty. It desensitizes the mind against virtue. I have spent too much time looking at it. I wonder how I would see the world had I never looked at television. Would I be more innocent? Would I look at people differently? Would I care more? The more sobering question: what would my relationship with God look like had I never looked at it? I know, we are all sinners and no one is innocent. Yes, I also acknowledge that there can be displays of beauty on that idiotic black box. But lets be honest, how much more have we witnessed graphic sex, murder and every uninhibited vice known to our fallen race? Can our spirit become so dull as to no longer experience the grieving of the Holy Spirit? God tells us that we are not to participate with the workers of iniquity (Eph 5:7). He tells us not to be deceived because “bad company ruins good morals” (1 Cor 15:33). He also warns us when He says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Gal 6:7). In television I have participated with iniquity, corrupted virtue and sown seeds of unrighteousness. May God be ever so merciful that through His grace those seeds never grow. In his grace he has given me a solution: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil 4:8). I think I am going to abstain from that black box for a while. I see a good book on the shelf. Come to think of it, it’s the Good Book. I think I’ll start there.