Television has evolved since its invention in the 1920s and with all the advances in technology things on our screens are looking more real than ever. Many Christians, and even non-Christians are looking for viewing content that is more family oriented and less violent and sexually explicit than offered on most mainstream channels. Thus, the Christian TV industry is constantly gaining popularity.
The importance of purity
In Mathew 5:8 Jesus teaches, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” In this statement, Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), is showing believers how to enter into the presence of God and see Him. Our eyes are the windows to our souls and what we put in front of them affects the purity of our hearts. Therefore, it truly does make sense why Christian TV is gaining popularity.
It is important to note that when making choices it is better to choose something that you truly agree with, versus something you are against. Because whatever we focus on grows. For example, choose to watch Christian TV because you are for purity instead of choosing to watch Christian TV simply because you are against mainstream programming. This heart posture will allow life to grow in the areas where you focus your attention.
Christian TV is gaining popularity because it provides wholesome and inspirational content. The definition of wholesome is “promoting well-being” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). Christian TV provides just that, through positive, Biblical messages. Christian TV is also inspirational because the content offers hope. Romans 5:5 reminds us that “hope will not disappoint us” and in today’s society with all that is going on in the world, it is important to have hope. Christian TV provides that hope through its inspirational programming!
What Christian TV programming is available?
#1 – GOD TV exists to broadcast life-changing Christian content to every nation for the purpose of reaching the lost and equipping believers for the harvest. GOD TV provides both LIVE and on-demand media streaming 24-hours a day. Its programming includes conferences, documentaries, TV series, GOD TV Originals, shows focused toward “Family”, “Revival”, “Israel”, and coverage of numerous ministries across the globe. GOD TV also streams the IHOP Prayer Room 24-hours a day, including worship and intercession. GOD TV is a great resource for reaching the lost and growing in relationship with God!
#2 – Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) was a dream in the hearts of the late Paul and Jan Crouch to take Christian TV to every nation across the earth. TBN has grown worldwide over the years. They now have over 30 global networks and a wide range of church and ministry programs airing. It is most well known for its TBN, Hillsong, SMILE, JUCE, Enlace, and SALSA channels. TBN channels are available 24 hours a day and available in multiple languages.
#3 – Pure Flix exists as a Christian entertainment platform and has most notably produced Christian films such as God’s Not Dead, The Case For Christ, and Unplanned. Pure Flix offers programs specifically directed in the areas of education, faith, and children. Pure Flix is available through streaming 24-hours a day and has both monthly ($10.99) and yearly ($99.99) subscription plans.
There is definitely a demand for pure, Biblical, educational content that is enjoyable to watch. The Christian TV industry is not only becoming more popular, but it is exploding in order to meet the demand. 1 Peter 1:16 reminds us to, “Be holy, because I am holy” and 2 Timothy 2:22 reminds us, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”.
These two verses are just a few of the many that remind Christians that we are called to be holy and set apart and to be pure in heart. Cultivating holiness and a pure heart is affected by the things we put before our eyes. Choosing to watch Christian programming for growth and entertainment purposes is one of the ways we can cultivate and maintain purity in our lives.
Let’s be thankful for the men and women who have pioneered the Christian TV industry for all believers!
This article was written by Sarah Crockett