Saturday, May 27, 2006

Why I Watch TV


...You confess to some people that you watch tv and immediately they throw you a so-very-long huffy spiel about why they do not. And that's ok... only as long as they let me throw them my so-very-long huffy spiel about why I do watch tv.

(Hmmm... I think I just realized why I love blogging. For most of my life, people have interrupted me in the middle of my long, wise, eloquent ramblings (heh. I hope you are picking up on the humor in that.) But in keeping a blog, I can, A.) Finish what I was trying to say and B.) Assume that people are reading every finely-crafted word before they comment.)

So here goes...Why I Watch TV:

1. I watch tv because my own little life, at the moment, is too darn near perfect. And it's way too easy for me, without tv, to enter a type of La-La Land where I, ignorantly, start believing everyone else in the world has a little darn near perfect life also.

2. TV shows me the hurting people 'out there.' I am made aware of unmet needs... of broken homes and violent streets and communities. And in response, I am reminded to pray for those who are trapped inside a darker, bleaker world than my own. And through watching and praying, I am convicted about where to send my money and encouragement to help.

3. TV shows me human nature, which I, personally, find fascinating. I watch people in crime shows, reality shows, contest shows and ask myself, "Why are they doing what they are doing?" and then I ask God to help me understand and empathize, not judge and criticize. Through tv, God reminds me if I want to be like Him, I will react in compassion and certainly not derision or contempt.

4. TV shows me where the pulse of the world happens to be at the current time...tv shows me the language and thinking-processes of the 21st century, when I'd otherwise be tempted to stay wholly old-fashioned--and rendered obsolete to do much of what God is asking of me.

5. I watch shows where people win things because I love to see people happy. I watch (nice) comedies and comedians because I love to hear people laugh. Heck, I love to laugh, myself. I watch shows where people are counseled with common sense because I just plain love common sense, to live by it and to pass it along.

6. TV challenges me to keep my imagination brushed-off and outside of the same ol' dusty box where I tend to keep it.

7. I watch tv because people are important to God and I love to watch people--and pray for them, actors and others. Every single soul means so much to God--and for whatever strange reasons, tv reminds me of that. And right now, my own little world in my own idyllic neighborhood, as I said--is pretty little. Narrow. Too good, even sleep-inducing, maybe. And I don't mean the kind of sleep God heartily approves of.

TV reminds me there is a huge old crazy, hurting, wild-and-varied world out there which I am responsible to pray for and help as God leads--and I am thankful for that reminder.


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For the record (and in my defense) I do read books, too. Tons of 'em.

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