Side By Side

They lie on the table side by side
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One is well worn and cherished with pride.
Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
One is used daily to help folks decide.
No, not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
As the pages are turned, what shall they see?
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV
So they open the book in which they confide.
No, not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
The Word of God is seldom read.
Maybe a verse before they fall into bed.
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be.
Not from reading the Bible, from watching TV
So then back to the table side by side,
Lie the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, no time for the Word,
The plan of Salvation is seldom heard.
But forgiveness of sin, so full and free,
Is found in the Bible, not on the TV!
A C. Nielsen says that the average American watches three hours and 46 minutes of television per day. Let's get out the ole trusty calculator and see what that means. That equals out to 26 hours per week; 105.3 hours per month; and 1,371 hours per year. (the time it takes to read the bible 32 times)  In other words, the average American spends the equivalent of nearly 53 days of each year doing nothing but watching TV. One month and 23 days of each year are spent not flying kites, singing, talking or (God forbid!) reading and thinking -- but simply in watching. And the figures are even higher for teenagers.


Submitted by Terje Ronneberg