Why We Don’t Watch TV Dramas

I believe many will agree with me that there’s no TV drama that is really family-friendly let alone Christian, at least in our country. Even the ones which involve families are still deemed unsafe, what with the secular language and plot. There are also so-called family dramas that make mention of faith or religion but not according to biblical truth which makes them more dangerous. These dramas often depict exaggerated story lines and human reactions that leave the viewers either feeling downright sad, angry, or horny. They evoke feelings that make the heart impure. Whether we care to admit it or not, these secular shows affect our behavior in ungodly ways.

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The Bible warns us:

Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22) for God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness (1 Thess. 4:7).

Primetime TV burgeons with drama offerings that involve a slew of slapping, foul language, and sensual scenes. It’s a feast for the flesh. Not only the children can become victims of such shows, even adults. They are easily addictive! Once one is ensnared by them, it would be hard to untangle oneself.

When I was newly-saved and waiting for healing and recovery, I wanted to pass the time watching TV (for there was nothing else to do after I had read chapter upon chapter of my Bible). One afternoon, I saw a re-run of a Taiwanese tele-drama, a love story that became staggeringly popular in the Philippines. I tried to watch it, but afterwards, after seeing scenes that made me flinch and quiver with impure sensation, I couldn’t understand what I felt. Being an adult and lived worldly for a long time before I was saved, I was used to such scenes. But that afternoon, I was flinching, as if my spirit was telling me, “This is all wrong.”

And it was. I felt weird after that; it was because the Holy Spirit who had come to dwell in me was grieved with what I had done.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Eph. 4:30)

From that day on, I did not watch TV drama again.

That is, until I became pregnant with Tim. Everyday I felt awful, so I wanted to pass the time leisurely watching TV dramas. I couldn’t curb the escalating appetite of my hormones either. So, I watched TV dramas from late-afternoon to early-evening. I was enjoying myself and using my pregnancy as an excuse. But I became hooked. I thought about them. Yes, even before I went to worship service. They are a distraction to say the least. So, I wielded the Spirit will and had someone remove the TV from my room for good.

But in late-2009, while we were staying upstairs after the great flood that inundated most of Metro Manila, there was nothing much to do. Hannah found out that a Korean tele-drama was having a re-run in the afternoons (although it was more about cooking, it was still drama, and still secular). I began to watch and look forward to every episode in great anticipation. Until one afternoon, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted. I knew it wasn’t what the Holy Spirit wanted for me. So, I sat at the edge of the bed and begged God to give me something that would make use of my time profitably. And I stopped watching that drama, or any other. Ever.

So, our family doesn’t watch them including noontime shows. These shows tend to be wild, riotous, and the dances and dancers are, well, not good. We don’t like them.

What do we do for entertainment aside from carousing in the garden (for we don’t go to theatres, either)? We used to have cable TV and we channeled National Geographic, Asian Food Channel, and other safe and informative shows. We planned on subscribing to online movies and choosing only the ones that are Christian, family-friendly, and Dove-approved to watch. We found SpiritClips by Hallmark and we were very happy and excited to sign up and subscribe (I had previously bought short films from them through christianbook.com), only to find out that it’s not available outside of the USA.

If our utmost desire is to please God in the way we live, walking in His light and Spirit, we will shun the things that make us impure. For we are the temple of the living God, as He has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore

Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”

7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Cor. 6:16-18, emphasis added; 7:1)

On another note, I have resuscitated my Homemaking page up there at the main menu bar. I have recently posted under Cooking, Baking, Ice Cream Making:

I hope you’ll drop by!

My gratitude list ~ the things I’m thankful to the Lord for. Continuing to count His gifts:

81. the powerful message from beloved Auntie Flor Mones in the pulpit that blessed me and stirred up my faith once again

82. an afternoon with the kids enjoying our homemade soft pretzels

83. reading with Tim

84. Hannah being in the honor roll of the middle school graduating class ~ Praise God!

85. the kids’ trip to SM Hypermart and the pictures they brought home to me so I (the struggling gourmet cook :)) could check the merchandise

I might be linking up with these lovely blogs.

Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Sis Fe says:

    Dear Beloved Sis Rina,
    I just want to let you know that you continue to educate me with your articles. Your ebook is inspiring. Thank you for being so candid.
    Like you I don’t watch TV dramas. There are plenty of shows that are worth watching e.g. cooking shows, pet shows or about nature.
    Congratulations to your beloved daughter Hannah!
    God Bless you and your family always!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Sis. Fe! I’m deeply grateful to the Lord for using my mistakes and turning them into precious lessons to share with others. He also taught me to be real and downright honest in everything I write about. Thank you and God bless you more and more!

  2. Joanie Qualls says:

    This is so good, Rina, thank you. I used to be able to “Share” your writings , but the “Share” is not shown now. I would share this one if I could.

    • RinaPeru says:

      I think there was a problem with Shareaholic yesterday, Joanie. I hope it’s okay now. Thank you for your fervency and faithfulness. Blessings!

  3. Ren says:

    Great post!
    Visiting you from The Beauty in His Grip link up :)

  4. Hazel Moon says:

    Thank you for sharing your story about TV Dramsa at “Tell Me a Story.” It is true it is difficult to find anything on TV hardly worth viewing. Lust, Murder and the list goes one, trying to hook us to return.
    There is education and learning too, may we discover the difference.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, there are a few educational/informative shows, too, on TV. There’s a need for parents to really monitor what their kids watch.

  5. Abbie C. says:

    Have you ever watched Doc or Sue Thomas? They are both off the air now, but VERY family friendly. I don’t know if they qualify as “TV dramas” but they are very clean. I don’t watch much TV, myself. We actually don’t have any tv channels at all and didn’t have a tv (even for movies) when I was a kid.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for this, Abbie. I never heard of Doc or Sue Thomas (I will search for them at Amazon if they are available as DVDs?), but our family does watch kids’ movies :).

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