The Dark Night: A Gift of God by Daniel P Schrock

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So what if the president retreated for a few days to Camp David for talks with the prime minister of some country? Presidents have been doing that for decades. What I wanted more than anything else was to recover some sense of connection with God. In comparison with this great thirst for God (see Psalm 42:2), nearly everything else became less important. So thoroughly had God weaned me off television that in the spring of 2002 I completely stopped watching. I did not exactly make a conscious decision to quit; I just lost interest.

For many years I was attached to television. I used to watch situation comedies, science-fiction adventures, Cubs baseball, and violent movies (odd for a pacifist, but true). Except for the violent movies, most of what I watched would probably be considered morally neutral. Nevertheless, I was attached to watching television, and the love inherent in that attachment kept me from giving some of my love to God and to others around me. At the time I did not recognize the harmful effect television was having on my relationships.

If they told him to threaten people, he threatened them. If they told him to kill someone, he obeyed orders. In return for unquestioning obedience, his bosses rewarded him well. He had plenty of money to buy almost any kind of clothes he wanted. He ate at the best restaurants. His favorite meal, he said with a smile, was seafood and pasta at a certain restaurant where the entrées cost fifty dollars. And if anyone got mad at him or crossed him, his bosses took care of it. Even though his work prevented him from getting married, having children, and settling down in one place, he was satisfied with his life, all in all.

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