Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Breaking Bad & Other TV Garbage
GIGO where I use the computer idea of garbage in, garbage out to postulate whether or not that is how Christians should choose their media. If garbage in does cause us to be affected, it seems logical not to let it in. But the consensus of my commenting contributors at that time reminded me that we are in the world (and therefore must experience its fallen-ness) but not of it (and therefore discern right from wrong). Sheltering our kids or ourselves can make us ill prepared for real life and what better time than while watching a fictional show to teach and learn discernment?
Then again, I am not so sure. That sounds good but how do we properly put that in focus and what line, if any, do we draw when taking in media options? A friend of mine asked me to watch Breaking Bad now that I have Netflix After just one episode I was ready to bow out but he promised that was the hardest one to watch and things would get better (at least from a violence and gore standpoint). So I've watched several episodes since then and I have to say I still want to bow out. The only redeemable quality this program has is its constant reminder to me of how depraved we are and how desperately we need Jesus in our lives.
So where do we draw the line? I am sincerely at a point with television where I want to put the set by the curb. Breaking Bad is extreme and easy to point my finger at. But I can hardly stand most children's cartoons with the blatant pagan themes and emphasis on witchcraft and the occult. Then there are shows that my wife enjoys, like The Bachelor. Besides not being appealing to men in general, I cannot stand the soap opera depravity that this program breeds. Reality shows in general seem to have a recipe they follow where they intentionally choose personalities that are on the edge and then create situations to push them over. Plus the constant flow of alcohol normally helps those that might be more cautious in normal situations. Even my favorite shows like Grimm and The Mentalist have occult themes and murderous narratives that are probably not good for the soul.
Suffice it to say, there is very little programming on that I find spiritually nourishing. I suppose I am entertained on some brain numbing level. It helps pass the time and we get a chance to relax at the end of the day. Otherwise...I am struggling to identify the value that I have received in continuing this practice. Consider commenting with your answers to the following questions:
1. Do you think GIGO is applicable to people as well as computers?
2. Where do you draw the line with media personally and with your kids?
3. What redeeming value does TV have in your life?