The Culture and The Christian: Cause and Effect

Last week, I wrote about Christians in the media, or specifically, in movies and TV.  So this week, I’m going to briefly write about the media in Christians.

And no, I’m not referencing anyone’s inner drama queen. =)

Instead, I’m thinking about how the things we watch, read, and enjoy affect us.  I used to watch one show where the characters breathe in really awkward places.  One of the main characters who was on the show most likely started this trend, and my hypothesis is that the newer character picked up this different style of speaking from this character.

I even started saying some things a little oddly after watching the show for a while.  Obviously, this is a rather insignificant example, but it does go to show how subliminally we can be affected by the things we watch.

I once watched a video called “The Fire” by Nate Pfeil, which I’ve posted below.  The video is certainly challenging.  It forces you to reevaluate things that you might be settled into, and the speaker is quite blunt about what he has to say.

It makes you think… mainly in that it calls to your attention that “true love of God is true hatred of sin.”  God is more repulsed by sin than I think we could ever really handle, and as Christians, we should also be turning away from such sin.  Instead, a lot of times, we enjoy watching it.  We condone it, and we think it’s okay.

Quite honestly, I haven’t figured out where I sit on this yet in terms of media intake, mainly because it’s such a challenge.  If I stopped watching any show with sinfulness, I may as well throw out my television.  If a show features graphically inappropriate scenes, then yes, I think I shouldn’t be watching it.  But there are seemingly good shows out, and we’re certainly not perfect people.  Still, perhaps we don’t need our sinful behavior reinforced.

It’s something I’ll have to pray about.  As the Lord’s prayer says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Just a disclaimer, I was in no way associated with the making of this video, and I wanted to share it with you to encourage you to truly think about something that we often disregard, just as this video got me thinking.

I hope you take some time to think about all of this, and let me know what your opinion is!  I also hope that you’ve enjoyed this exploration of the Christian the culture.  Next week, I’ll have a guest blogger kicking off a string of semi-related posts about girls, boys, and love, though perhaps not in the way that you’d think.

Have a great week!

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