For the first time, the Plank family finally subscribed to cable television. While setting up “expanded basic service” (which affords the Comcast consumer 69 channels), I glanced over some of the other options and found the possibilities staggering. With full digital service, a television can be unleashed to feature 251 channels. Yes, I read it right: 251 channels. That would take approx. 4 minutes to flip through the channels and see what is on (at 1 channel per second). At that rate it would probably take days to actually find something worth watching, and by the time I did find something, it would probably only have a few minutes left in the program. Oh well, I guess I’ll go read Calvin’s Institutes.
This is what struck me about cable television: hundreds of videographic possibilities flow through a single strand of copper cable. It blows my mind. If you ever have the chance, disassemble a standard TV cable and see what I mean.
Mankind has risen to such technological heights, has created vast empires equipped with armed forces, has built skyscapers, supersonic jets, even walked on the moon, but one thing remains constant in spite of our advances: God is not impressed.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (Ps. 147:10-11).
I love the fact that God sees through our legion of towers of Babel. I love that his eyes are drawn to those who place their weak, sinful selves into his care and salvation. O, to know grace that takes us and dismisses our accomplishments, and instead, counts the only perfect works of God the Son. May we be found in him!