If you want to know what’s wrong with America, spend an evening watching network television! After years of not watching any network TV shows, I spent some time Monday evening checking out some of the “highly recommended” shows on CBS.
After watching a documentary on how World War II affected Alaska, part of the “Victory at Sea” series being shown on TCT, I changed channels in time for “We are Men.” This comedy show is about four men who have all failed when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex. It’s not surprising when you see their level of maturity. Added to which, in their juvenile minds, the word “relationship” simply means sex. I doubt any one of them has any knowledge of the way things used to be – back in the “ancient” world when a man married a woman and they had children and all lived together in one household, the norm in my childhood.
The next show “2 Broke Girls” was indescribably awful. Thankfully, I was saved from this show by a sick ten-month-old who needed some attention. Reality, even when it’s challenging, is always preferable to Hollywood’s fantasy world.
At 9.30, “Mom” came on, another comedy about three generations of single mothers. The grandmother and daughter have a toxic relationship and are far too open about the sins of their respective pasts. Meanwhile, the teenage daughter, alone in the bathroom, was taking a pregnancy test, which turned out to be positive, which means next season there will be a fourth generation single female. And so the retreat from traditional family values goes on and on!
At 10pm, CBS switched from comedy to violence, with a new thriller called “Hostages.” The premise of this show is quite a good one. A doctor’s family is being held hostage while she has to kill the President of the United States during surgery she is set to perform. At the last minute, she turns the tables on them, losing a close friend in the process. As the second episode progressed, it turned out that the operation (terrorist operation, that is) is an inside job, with people in the FBI and even the White House intent on a palace coup.
One obvious question here – could people get any ideas from this show? After all, terrorism and hostage taking are becoming the norm all over the world.
And, if people are getting ideas about taking hostages to bring about a desired end, could they also be getting ideas about the alternative lifestyles on the other shows mentioned above?
After all, the idea behind all these shows is to sell products during the commercials. The ads pay for the programs. Commercials pay or companies wouldn’t advertise.
If ads are that influential, then surely the programs are, too?
In which case, perhaps we should all be more careful not to allow programs like these to influence us?
As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (NIV)
This verse clearly doesn’t allow for much television.
One evening was enough with network TV (the main television channels). Tonight, if I watch anything, it will be on PBS!