I am first a follwer of Jesus Christ. My goal is to daily transform, becoming more like him. Second, I am a mother of three young children who make my life crazy fun. We are also expecting a baby in May 2010. I love being silly, but know when to be serious too. My husband is an amazing partner in this journey and we enjoy creating great memories with our kids. Life sure has lots of opportunities for that!
I personally have a hard time with determining the difference between legalism and a desire to be set apart. In this I mean living in a way that is pleasing to God and having a life that is filled with things that are beneficial. My personal feelings at this moment would lead me to say that it is very dependent on two things. One is intention or heart you have about it; the other is the leading of the Spirit.
I have had a couple of people basically say that our act of giving up television is acting in a legalistic way. I could see where a person could draw this conclusion, but I do not agree with it. There are many reasons that we made this choice, and it wasn’t even a spiritual choice at all in the beginning. It just grew that way.
It started more as a way of limiting the viewing time that our child had because she had so many shows that she wanted to watch in the morning, and since they were all pretty good shows that were teaching her great things (PBS kids was our channel), it was hard for me to say no. But, I began to feel like the television was still being an entertainer and a babysitter too often and I wasn’t getting the time with Curly that I wanted. There was just too much “noise” in our life and we needed simplification.
It’s funny how things change when you take something like that away. Handsome and I would have the television on in the evening often. We didn’t necessarily like the shows, but once you are sitting there it becomes easy to just stay there on the couch. There are so many things that we can fill our time with that are more beneficial. There is a great peace that has come over our house now that it is gone too. I have not a single desire to go back. I find it stressful when we visit other people and they have the TV going as background noise. It just takes away from that peaceful feeling that I want my home to have.
Back to my initial point, I think that this choice could be a legalistic thing, but that doesn’t mean that it always is. I think that goes for a lot of things that can be classified as legalistic. It’s all about the heart you have about it. And by golly, if the Lord is calling me to give something up so that I can grow closer to Him- who is anyone else to tell me that I am not living in the freedom that comes with following Christ? I am not saying the Lord called me to give up television, but there are other things that are finding their way out of our home these days too. I also don’t think that everyone needs to do what God is asking me to do. Perhaps others don’t have an issue with the same areas that I do. That’s why we have a PERSONAL savior and a personal relationship with Him. We are all different. Otherwise it would be fine to have one set of rules and it wouldn’t be an issue.
Do any of you have thoughts on this area? This is something that I am trying to figure out and I may be wrong on my current conclusions. If I come along with something that contradicts what I just said later you can’t call me names. That’s all part of learning and growing.