Jan 20, 2009

Choices

When I was a kid there were only five television stations:  ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and the local station, KPHO.  Those were our choices. If I didn't like the shows playing on any of the stations, I turned off the television and went outside to play.  From about noon to three it seemed that the only shows on television were soap operas... which I hated.  If I wanted to watch television in the early afternoon I had to watch either PBS or the local feed.  I could choose between Sesame Street and Gilligan's Island.  Most days I was outside playing!

Somewhere between now and then, the number of choices has increased.  Dramatically.  I don't even know how many channels we have.  I have COX cable and I think it goes up to channel 198.  Some of the channels don't work.  But I am sure there are at least 100 shows available at any one time.

But wait, there's more!  If you pay extra money you can have extra movie and sports programs.  I bet there are at least one hundred of those available.

But wait, there's more!  If you subscribe to “COX On Demand"  you can watch from a list of certain movies and programs on the “On Demand"  Channels.  I think there are at least one hundred shows available at any one time.

But wait, there's more!  Netflix has developed an internet-based movie subscription service.  As I understand it, there are now about 20,000 movie choices available to watch instantly. That's crazy.  If you watched two movies a day for a year, it would take almost 30 years to watch every movie.  

But wait, there's more!  Netflix says that it wants to get its entire library available to watch instantly.  I believe that's about 500,000 titles.  At two movies a day it's ... well, it's more time than I have. (700 years).

I am beginning to think we should scrap the whole thing and go back to playing outside!  
Fortunately when it comes to God, there is only one choice. “Hear O Israel the LORD our God the LORD is One"  (Deut 6:4).   And that One God is enough to satisfy every need and desire that we have.  
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor David Hook