Thursday, February 4, 2010

What's Feeding You?

I’ve discussed influence before and the need to influence others towards godliness. But there’s another source that is often far greater than the friendships we have, and that is media.

Media has a powerful influence over our lives. It’s often music, television, the internet and other media sources that we thoughtlessly allow to shape our conception of truth and our actions. We think we’re pretty aware of what comes into our minds and can handle the corrupt teaching, but this is often the result of thinking too highly of our own abilities and firmness.

“If you are taking in regular or significant doses of music, television, the Internet, and movies, you are being affected by them.”  (Lies Young Women Believe) You may think they don’t influence you, but what are you spurred to do after watching a particular movie? What kind of thoughts does it encourage in your heart? What kind of sin do you see portrayed as okay or even admirable, and have you begun to think that it’s okay for you too?

“Examine what you are putting into your mind through television, movies, the Internet, music and even conversations with friends. You may think that it won’t hurt to be exposed to ungodly ways of thinking in those mediums, but you might not realize how subtly those deceptive philosophies can influence your thinking.”  Lies Young Women Believe  (emphasis mine)

“It all comes down to whether you’re going to let the world’s values, morals, and thinking drip day by day into your system, or you’re going to intentionally choose to be exposed to input that will help you become more wise and godly.” Lies Young Women Believe  (emphasis mine)

We are to take every thought captive, to delight in God’s law, and dwell only on what is right, true, pure and lovely. Passively watching or listening to anything is handing over your brain to the media producers to influence you however they’d like. And this happens all the time. We can’t even begin to realize the depth of the influence that media has had on our beliefs about God, sin, and all theology that follows. Don’t think you’re above the vast majority and won’t succumb to its influence. That’s no excuse for watching anything you please. Instead, if your parents have set up boundaries and standards for what you may or may not listen to/watch, willingly embrace that and don’t push it aside as overprotective! Because of the powerful influence of media, we need to be actively aware of what we allow our minds.
    What it boils down to is this:
  • Do you allow substantial and consistent amount of time in God’s Word and immersion in the ultimate source of truth to influence and direct you, or are you being fed by the media that continually opposes God and His commands?
  • Where is your time spent—are you being fed more by media or God’s Word?   Because you will be fed, you will be influenced. The question is, where
(photo from art.com)

    5 comments:

    Kalani said...

    Hi Allison!

    I just wanted to tell you I have been so encouraged and edified by your past few posts! I want to keep in rememberance what you wrote because I think this could be helpful if I shared it with other girls I know or meet!

    In Christ,
    Kalani

    Kristen said...

    So true! Great reminder.

    Kristen said...

    And I just had to say -- great picture for this post. ;o)

    Sophie said...

    Allison-
    I just found your blog by clicking on DO HARD THINGS on my profile. Beautiful thoughts, very well written! Your blog encouraged me and made me smile, because of all your links, the blogs you like, and your profile, because it reminds me of myself! May we glorify Him by our blogging--that those who have never heard will hear and that those who do not think will meditate on HIS GREATNESS!
    Blessings!

    Allison said...

    Thanks to each of you for your comments! I appreciate each of your encouragement. :)