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July 31, 2020

There are many many people in the states, as well as western societies, that are pumped full of the major issues that confront us on an hourly basis. Media outlets on the left and right continually stoke the fire of our minds of the many differences that divide us with all the ugliness, confusion, anger, hostility and discord that words and pictures can provide. While I don’t intend anyone to be uninformed; there may come a time when we must turn off the media and the pundits that try to shape our thinking so that we “be not conformed to this world.”

It is unwise to stick one’s head in the sand when it comes to news, however, a great deal of what is called “news” is nothing more than a political platform from which to spew one’s opinion or ideology. All people, but especially the child of God (John 1:12) would do well to stop listening to men and start listening to God.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

It is very possible that Christians, and people in general, are indulging in far too much media consumption while failing to consume God’s sacred Word, the Bible.

Granted, not all media outlets are created equal. Many journalists are worthy of listening to. Some have great value. However, it seems the vast majority provide the “wisdom of men.” Has not God warned us?

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1 Corinthians 1:20

A great deal of the information provided by the media today is extremely biased, false, half speculation, conjecture, limited and unclear, deceptive, and in some cases, evil. People are filling themselves with such things. A Christian should not be spending a great deal of time consuming breaking news. We need that which will make us wise, knowledgeable and designed to mold and shape us into Godly character. Such things as:

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1

or: 1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. Titus 3:1,2

or: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

You are not going to get this information from the media.

Be careful what fills your mind! We need discernment as to what is good and right in God’s sight. The media is deeply flawed and can be very destructive. In difficult times it would be wise to cling to that which builds people up. Fill your mind with the words of God – not men!

Pastor Jay Barsaleau