Are you for some reason wondering if watching television is a sinful thing to do? Probably you are in a situation where you are being withheld from watching TV as a young person, with the excuse that it is a sin, and you are wondering, “is watching TV really a sin?”
Is Watching TV a Sin? Can Christians Watch TV?
Watching television as an act is not a sin, but what you watch and the priority that watching TV takes in your life are very important.
So, you can watch TV as a Christian, the act on its own is not sinful. It is just a result of technological development.
There are different things that one can watch on TV in this time and age. Whatever you watch on TV must in one way or the other glorifies God.
Watching TV is not a sin, but watching shows that promote and heavily reveal things that do not align with the standards of the word of God and help your personal life is not godly.
Can watching TV Become Sinful and Harmful to One’s Personal Life?
Yes! Watching TV can become sinful or can lead you to sin if not careful. And this is a matter of what you consume on TV.
The kind of shows or movies you watch on TV matters a lot. And you have to be intentional about filtering them.
How Watching TV can be Harmful or become sinful
These are ways in which watching television can become a bad habit or even sinful. Let’s have it here:
- You waste too much time watching TV
It is very bad to waste so many hours on television every day. It is not the habit of highly successful people.
Watching TV can be very addictive. Yes, I know that. But you must be disciplined enough to limit the number of hours you can spend on television a day.
Instead of spending hours watching TV, you can spend those hours studying the Bible, praying, reading helpful books, having a good time with family or friends, working on building skills, meditating on the word of God, etc.
There are a lot of things you can do outside watching TV. Spending so much time on TV watching shows that are not beneficial to your life could equal wasting your life. The accumulation of your decisions and actions is what will determine your future.
For example, God might have said that you are going to be financially stable by next year. But if you are not working towards it, and you are lazying away by wasting time doing irrelevant things, the stability won’t come by accident.
Besides watching TV to entertain yourself, you should watch TV shows that can add to your life positively.
- You watch things that are not healthy for your soul
There are a lot of shows or movies that can be helpful that one can watch. It could be helpful to your career, and academics. And it might just be that the shows help you learn things about life in general.
- You watch things that are not healthy for your spirit
As much as there are wholesome shows and movies, there are a whole lot of other shows on TV that won’t be healthy for you as a Christian to watch.
Once you see or notice that a show is not helpful for you or it is draining your spiritual life, it is just okay for you to stop watching the show.
You have to be intentional about it.
- You watch things that can fuel your lust.
You can’t keep watching shows or movies that will fuel your lust, and you expect not to indulge in sin. The Bible advises us to stay away from every appearance of sin
- You prioritize watching TV over God
You should not place watching TV over God no matter what. Let me bring this into perspective so that you can understand this perfectly.
So, let us say that there is a show you want to watch by 9 PM, and then you feel a strong urge by the Spirit to pray around that time, what would you do?
I know it can be tempting to watch that your favorite show, but your decision, in the end, can reflect or show how much your love or prioritize God.
Make sure you prioritize God over TV. Things like watching TV are fleeting. You should not choose it over God. It is simply idolatry.
Idolatry is not only worshipping idols, it could also mean that you place something above God in your heart. And even that is a form of worship.
How Can Christians Use Television Effectively?
We have established that watching TV is not a sin in itself and that how we use TV is what matters. But is there a way we can use TV effectively as Christians
- It can be a tool for the gospel
There are different shows on TV that promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ and things pertaining to the matter of the Kingdom of God.
This medium is a platform to win more souls for Christ, and can also be a tool to edify other believers of Jesus Christ.
- For entertainment
I understand that there are certainly sometimes we just want to be entertained, chill and have fun as Christians.
You can have entertaining shows that can entertain you, and still not be harmful to your spiritual life. There are wholesome comedy shows that can be relaxing to watch.
All you need to do is to know what can entertain you as a Christian, and be able to find them on TV.
- For learning
There are shows that can be driven towards teaching a particular thing you love. You can make it a habit to watch those shows, as they are helpful to your life.
Some people may want to as a whole discredit watching TV because of the fact that not all content on it is wholesome for Christians. But the fact is that we live in a world that is sinful already. We must learn to live a life of Christ, even in this sinful world.
I hope this helps you. I will like to receive your comments on this, and you can also read these blog posts: