6.10.2014

In the Word Tuesday: Media

As Lauren and I have been going through Kelly Minter's "No Other Gods" study, I have been pondering what it looks like to glorify God through everyday life, especially through things like media. Kelly says, "To think that we are unaffected by what we watch, read, or listen to is deceptive thinking."

Now, I'm not saying I necessarily agree nor disagree. As a matter of fact, I have no idea where I stand on this issue. Sometimes I listen to inappropriate music, but I also listen to a lot of Christian music. Sometimes I watch racy TV, and sometimes I don't. Now, am I denying that this has an impact on my walk with Christ, no. It absolutely does. I do worry, however, that by shutting out the realities of popular culture, we may become naive in a sense. Or we may lose witnessing opportunities because we are "those Christians."

Like I said, I have very mixed feelings about this topic. I do want to honor God more in my day to day life, and I know that cutting out certain books or television shows helps to do that, but I am not sure that it is necessary to completely withdrawal ourselves from the reality of the culture we live in.

I really would love to know how everyone feels about this topic. I know some churches have hard and fast rules about what one should and should not watch, listen to, or read. However, I want to keep this discussion to God's word, not religion. Do you limit your consumption of certain types of media? Why or why not? I'd love for you to link up and share or leave a comment with your opinion!

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14 comments :

  1. Still working on my thoughts on this as well. But at least this study is making us think and look at our lives.

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  2. This is a tough subject, I agree! As a Christian, I think it's an individual preference. Me? I keep my radio dial on K-Love (a Christian channel) for the most part, but definitely listen to some inappropriate music when I run, or need energy, etc. I think it's just good to know our individual limits and always just ask ourselves "is this glorifying God?" to keep us on track. I feel like I'm contradicting myself a bit, as you can already see, it's hard to put into words!! Good luck ma'am :)

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  3. No, thank you for this! I feel like my post is a contradiction! I keep my radio on K-Love mostly too, but I do like to mix it up at times! Glad you can relate, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Such a tough subject and I think at the end of the day we have to do what helps us individually in our walk with Christ. I love christian music and 90% of the time I will listen to that, but I love lots of other music as well. I don't let it take over my life and when I notice it is over shadowing things I do, I go deep into His word. I do what works for me and my walk.

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  5. I'm kind of the blacksheep in terms of our specific religion's outlook on media. With that being said, I have found that over the last year or so I have sort of veered more in the direction of gospel centered music and more appropriate tv/videos. I find that when I do watch or listen to something a little more mainstream I feel a disconnect that I really don't like. My mar radio is tuned to an alternative gospel station and I really think it starts my day on a positive note while driving to work. There are times when we watch the latest comedy that is rated R but there is totally a feeling of discomfort there when the topics turn to something questionable. Like you noted, I don't want to be naive. But the feeling that comes with a more gospel centered media selection is VERY different from the others.

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  6. Yeah, I feel similarly about this I think.

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  7. Completely agree that it's a personal judgment, but I wonder if things are negatively impacting our walk with Christ even when we don't think they are? Messy topic!

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  8. I really appreciate this post and I've thought about these questions myself. I know things like music really impacts me. I gave up secular music and only listen to K love and it has really positively helped me. I also struggle with the cultural side of things. There are certain movies/shows I won't watch, but I wonder sometimes where that line is. I always think about that casting crown song that says "it's a slow fade" and I really love that line. I think when we let in too much of the world it can really impact is. I don't know if I'm even making sense, but I def believe in using caution when it comes to this, although I'm not the best at it.

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  9. Yes!! Sometimes things just "creep" in without my awareness! Thanks so much for weighing in, you're totally making sense. It's helping a lot to learn about everyone's perspectives and I totally understand where you're coming from!

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  10. I have mixed feelings about this too. I primarily listen to Christian music because I love worshipping God throughout my day and I've pretty much stopped listening to songs with bad messages. TV, however, is my struggle. I watch some shallow shows and know I shouldn't but I'm just so entertained. I should be better about what I watch!

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  11. Yes yes, mixed feelings completely. I think the key here might be just knowing yourself and your relationship with God (what does and doesn't work), and MODERATION!

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  12. Agreed. Their morals don't affect me, it's the self image thing. I have to constantly remind myself that I don't need to look like those perfectly skinny, tan girls to be pretty. :)

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