The Redemption of the Screen?

Most everyone admits to spending too much time watching television. Today, you don’t even have to have a TV to watch TV; just use your computer or phone or whatever. Goodness, there’s no getting away from that mindless pursuer of our time! But even before ETV, Groucho Marx found a very positive use for TV. He said, “I find television very educating. Every time someone turns on the set, I go into another room and read a book.” However, long before television was ever invented, philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), who never considered himself a prophet, summed up our plight with these prophetic words. “Suppose someone invented an instrument, a convenient little talking tube which could be heard over the whole land….I wonder if the police would not forbid it, fearing that the whole country would become mentally deranged if it were used.” Have you seen any “reality” TV lately? I think we have arrived at what Kierkegaard could only begin to imagine. Our remedy is to do what Groucho did. And in picking up our books, let’s linger longer in the Book of books than in the rest. Did I say “book”? In this day you can just download them. I guess redemption has come to the screen! In any format you choose, let us read the Bible. -- Ben