Well, Think About It!

?Imagine for a moment,? Jim Baird asks, ?what theories alien sociologists would form about our culture if they were judging us simply by the television programming we have been sending them at the speed of light over the last thirty years? (“Directions for the Road Ahead,” page 305).
?They would,? he remarks, ?know a lot about handguns and how to wreck cars.? Thanks to laugh tracks they would have ?elaborate? and ?wildly inaccurate? theories about what we think is funny. And they would conclude that the greatest decision in human existence, the one that makes all the difference is ?what mixture of caramel-colored, gas-laden sugar water to drink.?
But our space aliens would not know one thing about Americans from watching television. They could not possibly know that nine out of ten of us believe in God, eight out of ten of us pray regularly, that seven out of ten Americans are church members, and that six out of ten Americans claim that religion is the dominant factor in our lives.
Our alien scholars would have hardly any information on religion at all. There might, once in a while, be a program which depicts a religious person as either hypocritical or hopelessly out of touch with reality.
Religion on television has been sequestered. There is religion, and then there is the ?real world,? according to this view of life.
In reality, however, there is a God. His son acted decisively in history to solve humanity?s most profound problem. His word provides guidance for the greatest reality of all.
He will judge the living and the dead. He will consign every soul, living and dead, to an eternal destiny.
The aliens wouldn?t know that from watching television. The tragedy is, neither will many Americans.
?Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out ? those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned? (John 5:28,29).
Could someone please direct those aliens to a bookstore?

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