Beware of Media Mind Games
By Jessica Jones 4 Minute Read
Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by the voices of the media. From TV shows to the news, from advertisements to radio broadcasts. These voices compete for our attention, and the messages they present often differ greatly from what God’s Word upholds as true and good.
Typically, the media utilize tactics that are used to try to convince us of what we should believe or which products we should buy. Their powerful influence persuades us to give them our attention, and in many cases, draws us away from God.
The World Wants to Win Us Over
Marketers know that anything sensational will grab the attention of their audience. By utilizing flashy colors, professional designs, and wording that speaks to our emotions and situations, they draw us to their message.
From deodorant brands and trendy fashions to political views and social philosophies, media sources and advertisers know exactly how to win us over to their side. They direct their message toward the groups of consumers they wish to attract male or female, young or older, middle class or upper class, etc.
Young people, especially, are a target demographic by advertisers because they are exposed to the media substantially more so than other groups, have expendable cash, like to follow trends, and because their habits are being established. Marketers know that if they can influence the practices of young people, they will continue in those ways far into the future, making it a profitable pursuit for the long haul.
Not only does their influence shape our buying habits, but also the way we interact with the world around us, how we think and how to react to the situations we encounter.
In contrast, God calls us to place our attention on Him and the truth of His Word and to be wary of the deceit of the world. Colossians 2:8 reminds us to, “beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (NKJV).
Why is it important to keep our focus on God?
Sheep Know the Voice of Their Shepherd
John 10:1-5 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
We will come to recognize our Shepherd’s voice if we spend time getting to know Him. Knowing His voice and being familiar with His ways enables us to discern whether a message or messenger is from Him or from Satan, the thief.
In Revelation 3:14-22, the letter to the church of the Laodiceans reprimanded them because they had decided that because they “had need of nothing” that there was no place for God. They had listened to the voices of the world rather than their Creator.
And yet, God was giving them a chance to repent and to answer His knock on their door. Verse 20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
That same call is for you and me. Whose voice are you listening to? Have you recognized His voice at the door?