On 30/11/2022 09:24, Madhu wrote:
> We had a visiting guest preacher at the local language church last week
> (which almost never happens) who at one point tried to lay the guilt on
> the congregants by accusing them of being addicted to TV (watching TV
> serials and getting angry about missing an episode). He confessed he
> himself watched The Smurfs as a kid and was able to relate. I've
> forgotten the theological point if there was one. But I think it wasn't
> a valid charge to bring on the members, and and an assumption of on
> spiritual maturity, though it is perfectly true in the consumer economy
> that he operates in
Hee hee. I had some members who were addicted to The Archers, a
long-running radio serial. For the 15 minutes that the Archers were on,
the phone was off the hook, they wouldn't answer the door, and if you
happened to be visiting, you were told in no uncertain terms to either
shut up or get out!
Now the Archers - at least in those days - were fairly innocuous. But
soaps, as they are called, rely on shocking story lines to keep viewers
hooked. Brazilian soaps, which you are likely to find in India, if not
Bollywood ones, rely on nudity and promiscuity to keep things
interesting. Divorce, abuse, violence, dishonesty, watch the soaps and
get your mind filled with these things.
So I'm afraid that I agree with your visiting preacher. Do *not* fill
your mind with such things. "Whatsoever things are pure, honest,
truthful, of good report ..."