Breaking Media Addiction

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

          Character does not develop in a vacuum. The influences we subject ourselves to shape us. The things we watch and listen to impact our values. God understands that we need breaks from the daily grind. He placed within us the desire for recreation, rest, and rejuvenation. Our wise father also knows that this world's idea of entertainment does none of the above. Popular media has the capacity to take our minds off of life's demands, yet it does nothing to draw us to the source of life. Few would argue with the idea that today's popular entertainment choices do not uplift or edify. Why then do many spend precious free time subjected to media which only degrades? Yes, we have become desensitized, but it's more than that. We are addicted.

So...what do we do? How do we find freedom from influences we know are only hurting us? The most logical response would be to immediately cut out everything from our lives which is not purely positive. But there is a problem with this, many have burned their idols in a moment of conviction only to purchase them again at great cost a few days later.

Contrary to how it is often portrayed, deliverance is most often something we grow into. We are only capable of fighting one battle successfully, the battle to believe. The battle to persevere in spending time with God. If we persevere upon this one point, God will grow more attractive to us than even our most powerful vice. Simply stated, as our desire for God grows our appetite for that which is cheap and degrading weakens.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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