Media and The Heart of Sin
"Knowledge can never compensate for Surrender"
In recent years a flood of light has been shed upon the media and how effective a tool it has become to distract and indoctrinate God's people. There is no minimizing the paralyzing effect movies, video games, and demoralizing programming has had upon the minds of young and old. For many it has been overwhelming to learn how intentional and deep of a snare modern media has become. Some for the love of entertainment have refused to acknowledge the danger, others have grown overly fascinated with just how black the darkness really is. How can we warn others of the dangers of particular forms of media while simultaneously holding high the cross of Christ? Simply informing people of the danger by uncovering the enemies designs is not enough.
The use of fear to motivate action has its place, but it makes for a shallow foundation. When highlighting the dangers of music, movies, or video games great interest is often awakened. Many individuals are inspired to immediately purge their homes. Unfortunately dying to self is not as simple as breaking a cd or torching a video game console. As Christians we must challenge the root of sin and reveal in our experience and teaching how much better Jesus is than the best this world has to offer. The truth is we have the potential of doing more harm than good when we unmask the enemy without revealing the Savior. If we fail to address the lies that drive us to sin and the truth that Jesus is enough then we are setting people up for disaster. Conscience is liable to be further silenced and bank accounts drained when sooner or later broken cisterns are hewn out all over again. The greatest danger of failing to address the root of sin is that people may reinvest in self in ways that are far more difficult to address, namely pride and self-righteousness. More than revealing danger and inspiring fear we must lift up Jesus the infinitely better alternative.
Sounding the alarm against this world's deceptions and distractions is only part of our calling as children of God. Making disciples is our calling and it is about teaching people to drink from the fountain of living waters. It is a painstaking task that requires us to suffer long with people and bear their burdens, just as Jesus does for us. When we love people like this they experience Christ's love in a way that outshines the idols in their lives. In the end, people will invest in what they believe will satisfy them most. As we faithfully address the evils of our time may our focus remain on the wonderful love of Jesus and the power he has to eradicate the love of sin in the heart.