Perhaps you have circled today’s date on your calendar. For months we have been warned that February 17, 2009 is the date that full-power television stations will no longer be broadcasting with an analog signal. If you do not have cable or satellite TV, you need to get a converter box to continue to receive a signal. Many news stories have been published regarding this. The date of February 17 has been scrolling across every TV in the country for weeks. Public Service Announcements asked in ominous tones: “Are you ready for the conversion to digital TV?” Local stations provided tests to see if you will be ready on conversion day. Here’s the amazing thing: As many as six million households WILL NOT BE READY for the conversion.
Let’s see: They have had months to prepare, repeated warnings, etc., but they are not ready for the reality of digital TV. As a preacher, I cannot help but see a parallel to the message of the Scripture. As Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed to all of us once to die, and after that the judgment.” These are certain realities. We are all going to die – and we will all spend eternity somewhere. It is coming – it is a certainty. The Scripture contains repeated urgings to be ready. The thing that concerns me most are the multitudes of people who are not prepared. They are cruising through life on this earth, not giving eternity a passing thought. We only get out of this life two ways: Jesus calls us home or he comes again. Unlike the conversion to digital TV, we do not know the day and hour when our earthly life ends. Let’s determine to do all we can to help as many people as possible be prepared for a certainty that is far more important than the switch from analog to digital.