I tore down my idol.
Maybe it wasn’t an idol, but it sure was a distraction. It took my time. It nourished me – at times. Usually it just numbed me, and sometimes it doused me in filth. Overall, it was far from holy. So I tore it down. I call it an idol; others call it an entertainment center.
Deciding to break free from “just watching TV” has been a long-time challenge. I tried moderation, rules, and limits. But I always seemed to drift back to “watching the boob tube” as sort of a default thing to do. Hours were sucked from my life with absolutely nothing positive to show for it. At times I would follow a show to the end and think, “That was stupid.” But it wasn’t many days until I did the same thing. It was like living a bad rerun.
I tried to excuse it as entertaining, relaxing, and even educational. Yet a voice kept asking me, “Is this the best way to entertain yourself, to find peace, and to gain wisdom?” For a long time I argued with the voice; I ignored the clear answer in order to maintain my habit. My habit was strong, but God used a few lines from a sermon to empower me to kick the habit. God told Gideon to tear down false idols before trying to build one to God. (Judges 6:25-26) I needed to do the same thing.
I had withdrawals as I started to unplug my tangle of wires. I would miss the final episodes of my “favorite” shows! Can I survive without sports? But I remained steadfast. My TV is now facing the wall in a corner of the “junk” room – how appropriate! My entertainment center cabinet is heading to a donation center. Already I have more space in my living room, my schedule, and my mind. It feels good. Yes, someday I’ll bring back the TV, but not any time soon. I want to form new, more healthy, habits that truly entertain, relax, and give wisdom. I can’t wait!