John Stott and the TV Generation

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I have the tendency of being a tee-totaler.  When trying to figure out whether something is a good idea or not, such as watching television or drinking soda, I would rather quit cold turkey than finding that sweet spot of moderation. This is when I need guidanceIn his classic work on preaching Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century (1982), the late John Stott outlines what he calls the “five deleterious tendencies of television”: 
  1. TV tends to make people physically lazy.  
  2. TV tends to make people intellectually uncritical. 
  3. TV tends to make people emotionally insensitive. 
  4. TV tends to make people psychologically confused.  
For those trying to work through these issues, I think Stott’s words are insightful.  He isn’t saying that TV is bad and that people who watch TV are bad, but rather that, just like any other good thing, it can work to our detriment.  It can make us passive consumers rather than active participants, most significantly in the life of the local church. This list helps us put a finger on what happens when TV becomes an idol and media consumption isn’t checked by God’s Word.  These insights help us understand more of how to communicate the gospel to a TV generation.

Written by keywoodblog

July 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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