Where to Begin?
So much has occurred over time since my last posting of approximately two weeks ago it is hard to know where to begin. In their ongoing effort to change the culture of the nation the new fall TV season is about to assault the American citizens, therefore, I judge this is the most crucial item so let me begin here. In addition to the usual mindless pap of entertainment media, NBC is premiering a “comedy” show entitled The New Normal. It is a blatant and outrageous attempt to redefine the American family. As TV has replaced the Church pulpit as the arbiter of Scriptural moral values, the entertainment media has certainly become the finger of Satan within the family and he certainly uses it efficiently to manipulate.
From the glorification of divorce on the New Lucy Show of the late 1960’s through the subsequent years where blended families and birth control have been made ubiquitous we can now add this latest attack on the basic unit of Western Civilization … the family. I will let the following YouTube video preview speak for itself, but before doing so I ask the question, most especially to the fathers of families, do you still allow the TV into your homes? Are your spectator sports-viewing an equitable swap for the souls of your children? What will you say when you stand before the Throne of Christ and He asks for an accounting of the wee souls he has entrusted to your care?
Here is the web citation:
The TV and all other screens in the home of a Christian is the equivalent of your house being haunted by a demon entity. I urge everyone, families young and old, to exorcise your home by removing as many screens (TV’s, computers, IPods, Blackberries, etc.) as is practical, in consideration of your professional needs, of course. They are as mortal to the soul of you and your charges, as keeping a loaded pistol on the dining room table. The entertainment they provide will ultimately entertain you all the way through the very gates of Hell itself.
As an illustration of the danger I here reprise my The Houseguest article written nearly ten years ago. Hopefully it will galvanize you into preemptive, preserving, and soul saving action.
We once had a long-term houseguest whom we willingly invited to stay with us. He was charming, delightful and very pleasant to be around. He had wonderful exotic stories of people, places, and things that kept us entertained and even informed. Many times, while telling us of his adventures, he could even be a bit off-color and I explained to my family that though I disapproved of his actions and manner, this was just his way and we were not to imitate them.
He was not a Catholic; in fact, I don’t think he had any faith at all or maybe some vague all-in-one-belief. Very often he would undermine the effects of my children’s Church attendance and their Catholic education. Sometimes his statements were completely anti-Catholic and often outright lies about the Church, which tended to anger me …but which I overlooked. Other times, his stories, regardless of the subject, were blatantly wrong, but stated so often, loudly, and with such vehemence that they would take on the air of authority and truth.
I can also recall his vivid accounts of vengeance, violence, murder, and rape, which he indiscreetly related in front of the children, but which I could not object to because they often were just part of current events, even within our own neighborhood. Often he would mix these with pure fabrications so that we, even the adults, could not tell for sure if it was real or not.
His behavior was so rude at times that I often became very angry, but as I said he was colorful and entertaining. I, myself, fell often under his influence and was lulled into complacency. His stories were so enthralling that we often put off necessary duties just to listen. The children’s schoolwork suffered and many jobs piled up around the house. Of course, he contributed nothing of lasting value, since his advice and experience could not be relied upon; so overall he had a generally debilitating effect morally, spiritually, and physically.
One day I complained vigorously to a friend about him and he suggested that I just throw him out. In spite of his many great stories, my friend noted that he was a rude, boorish liar who undermined my authority and influenced my kids in a profoundly negative way. As a guest he had overstayed his welcome.
This guest has since left our house, but I am still undoing the damage he caused. My question to you all is, “Was I right in asking him to leave?”
This of course, is largely a rhetorical question because I believe by now you must have guessed that I am referring to the television. In making this analogy, I am trying to point out that if any one of us had a real houseguest who incessantly told lurid stories of rape, murder, and mayhem, we certainly would not have put up with it. So why then do we put up with the TV? It is a rude, intrusive “guest” who interferes in our families, undermines our authority, teaches a false philosophy and religion and does all manner of evil to our families and our souls. So as parents, especially as fathers, who have the prime responsibility of our families’ physical care and, more importantly the well-being of their immortal souls, we are morally obliged to “deep six” the TV.
My own children are grown and almost gone, but I can see the influence of TV in their personalities and thinking. The formation of the souls entrusted to you is at stake, so learn from my trials and remember prevention is always easier than a cure.
This story is not just personal opinion but is a common mistake of contemporary American families. I urge all young parents to remove the TV as early as possible from their children’s lives; better yet, if newlyweds don’t get a TV. Be aware of the consequences, which will have a lasting and detrimental impact on the lives of your family, as well as yourself. Only time will tell. …but for me it is too late for corrections, only regrets.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.