One Dad Responds as Why They Don’t Have a TV

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. (Psalm 119:37)

Rid me and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. (Psalm 144:11-12)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. (Romans 16:19)

I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. (Psalm 119:101)

Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing. (Deuteronomy 7:26)

Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker. (2 Timothy 2:16-17)

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. (2 John 1:10-11)

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. (Psalm 101:3)

… one sinner destroyeth much good. (Ecclesiastes 9:18)

For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:2-3)

They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them: But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. (Psalm 106: 34-36)

I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid. (Job 31:1)

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11:34-36)

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (2 Corinthians 15:33)

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:6-7)

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:7-9)

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:33)

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness. (Matthew 6:22-23)

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8)

Earthly entertainment is for a moment, eternity is forever.

4 thoughts on “One Dad Responds as Why They Don’t Have a TV”

  1. Thank You,
    Now that you have victory, please pray that if this is God’s will for our family, that the Lord would convict my husband and give him courage to remove our beasts,from tv, to youth groups encouraged, to working outside of the family that causes havoc,to video games in the house that discourage teamwork and anything else stealing the closeness of our family to hours of wasted phone use and that I would be ready and prepared to support him and that he would be ready to replace these beasts that have stolen our unity, harmony and joy in our home.
    Thank you , this will be a good family sharing story to share

  2. This is such a great reminder that we are to have an answer prepared for anyone who asks us about the joy we have in Jesus. I am going to have these scriptures saved as a Word document which I can print or email to anyone who asks us why WE have chosen not to have a TV, and they genuinely want the longer version of a reason. Also, I’ll print this off for myself to review when I forget some days and need a reminder that’s tangible, and I’m feeling tempted to regret our decision (when I’m overwhelmed with everything especially during pregnancy).


  3. I also would like to see page 2 of 2 of these scriptures, but I can’t find it in my searches in the archives. Could you help me please? =)

    Also, I would appreciate your prayers for our family as we have fairly recently gotten rid of our TV (last June after the Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference in Redmond, WA, which my husband attended with me, then he suggested we get rid of it! Praise the Lord!) However, my husband has yet (after 9 years of prayer on my part) taken up his role of priest of our family to lead me and our soon-to-be-5 children in family Bible reading, prayer, and worship. He is a Christian and agrees with the principle as far as I understand, but for some reason he will not do this for us yet. Thank you so much.


  4. Whenever I hear a discussion about the “value” of watching television or movies I am often prompted to remember these verses:

    “..Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? 15He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; 16He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. 17Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” (Isaiah 33:14-17).

    I often wonder if in watching television we are making an either-or choice between beholding violence and bloodshed versus beholding our King in His beauty. It often seems the more I choose or indulge in one the less I am apt to choose or appreciate or enjoy the other.

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