Why I Watch TV

Katrina Cassel

I watch television. And I encourage you to watch it, too. Does that surprise you? I think television is great, and here is why:

  • Television allows me to visit places that I probably will never get to visit in person. What are my chances of following a herd of elephants through Africa or rafting down the Amazon?
  • Television informs me of important national and world events. Lots of things happen in the world every day. Sometimes these events affect my family members or friends overseas.
  • Television gives me the opportunity to hear different views on social issues. I can check what others say against what the Bible says and form my own opinions.
  • Television lets me relax. I can pick a clean show and either chill out by myself in front of the tube or have fun watching it with my family.

Yes, some television programs are not suitable for me to watch. But when I choose wisely, television can enhance my life.


 I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (CEB)


JOURNAL: List all the TV shows that you have watched in the past week. How did each one benefit you? How did some of them harm you?


—from devozine (January/February 1999). Copyright © 1998 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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