Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The American Time-Waster

On Friday night I was reading more of Don't Waste your Life by John Piper. Then on Saturday morning I opened up my Bible to Proverbs 12 to read through the chapter. Verse 11 of Proverbs 12 was a great tie into what Dr. Piper had written at the end of chapter 7 in Don't Waste your Life. Piper is encouraging Christian throughout the book not to waste their lives on the trivial pursuits of the American dream. Here is a look at Proverbs and Piper:

"He who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense." (Proverbs 12:11)

"Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age...The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, thought 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. A mind fed daily on TV dimishes. 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." (John Piper, Don't Waste your Life, 120)

Piper goes on to quote Neil Postman who makes this very interesting comment:

"As a result [of watching so much TV], America is the world's first culture in jeopardy of amusing itself to death."

I hated readed this section of Piper's book because I know there I times I watch excessive TV and I know Piper is right. TV is a "worthless pursuit." May we, as Christians, spend less time with the TV (internet, video games, etc.) so we can greater pursue knowing who God is and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Don't waste your life.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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