February 17, 2012

A Guide for the Information Age

Nancy and I were recently watching a situation comedy on television, and after just a few minutes, we looked at each other, shook our heads, and at the same time, said, “This is stupid.” Having checked the other channels earlier and found nothing we cared to watch, we turned off the TV, and read.

According to the National Association of Broadcasters, Americans spend two hours and fifteen minutes each day watching anyone or more of 3,500 TV stations. I confess that I have watched my share, and on more than one occasion, my time was spent on mindless, inane and sometimes stupid programs. But I watched anyway!

In this, the Information Age, when thousands of stimuli in so many different forms seem to attack our brains without ceasing, most of us need a filtering system to screen out the frivolous, uninspiring and senseless messages that bombard us each day.

The Apostle Paul provides such a guide for us in his letter to the Phillipians written about 61 AD from Rome during Paul’s imprisonment there. Though his words were written 2,000 years ago, they still provide a meaningful guide for our lives today.
“Whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think upon these things.”
The next time we watch TV or surf the web, we will try to remember Paul's words. We invite you to do the same.