Your (media) diet

Watch your diet.

Have you ever tried to do that? Have you ever tried to tell someone else to do that?

It’s just so easy to get into the habit of eating things that taste good—but are really bad for your health.

Today I want to encourage you to watch your media diet.

All of us consume media at an incredible rate—unless you’re on Wi-Fi-free island in the middle of the Pacific. Today, more than ever, we see images, TV shows, news channels, websites, commercials, posts, and ads, at an unbelievable rate.

Most of them endorse a worldview that is either apathetic, dismissive, or hostile toward your faith.

Did you know that?

I realize that by saying this I risk looking like a zealous weirdo. But I prefer to think of myself as counter-cultural. It’s possible to have our eyes open but not truly have our eyes open. I’m simply saying that we shouldn’t be naïve.

In the New Testament, it is clear that God made the world, and that God loves the world. It’s also clear that there is now much evil in our world, that Satan exercises considerable influence, and that Jesus’ followers are to contribute to the light instead of the darkness.

Paul encourages his readers to be “‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).

Do the images, TV shows, news channels, websites, commercials, posts, and ads you consume help you “hold firmly to the word of life”? Or to the word of death?

I’m not saying we should totally unplug. I’m simply saying we should be wise. It’s possible to have your eyes open but not truly have your eyes open

The food you eat has an effect on your body. And the media you consume has an effect on your mind.

By Matthew Ruttan

–I’m a part of FabFeb with Fight4Freedom this month (hence the red bow tie you see me wearing), raising awareness and funds to fight human trafficking in the sex trade. Click here to learn more about the campaign or to donate.

–Click here for a 50-second video intro to my current Sunday teaching series: “Mature: 4 things mature people do on the path of joy.”

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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