On any given day we are all exposed to incredible amounts of media. This can include just about anything: showing your friend a funny commercial on your phone, getting tickets to your favorite summer movie, catching up with the show everyone is talking about or just wandering through the internet on a rainy day. Almost everything we see is trying to make us buy something or believe something. And it seems that to each and every piece of media we come across we give the unanimous response of “It doesn’t affect me.”
Of course we are right; after all you didn’t run out to buy that new truck you just saw on TV and the themes of atheism in that last movie didn’t cause you to renounce your faith in God. So we all go on believing that nothing happened to us and the world goes on unchanged except for the little fun we had.
However, if we really believe that these are the changes the advertisers and entertainers are looking to make in society we are completely wrong. Yes they do want you to go buy that new car or support their political beliefs when you go vote but they are fully aware that they can’t make more than a few people to do these things. The true goal is not even to make you think or become aware of the product or idea they are presenting you. All they want is for you to accept their product and/or idea without opposition.
If this in fact is the true goal, then every single one of us has been affected. We see a violent movie and we don’t go out and commit murder but we shrug when we see one on the news and we accept it. We see a beverage commercial and don’t buy or drink it but keep an “open mind” that perhaps it makes others happy, and we accept it. We see a lifestyle presented in our favorite show and don’t take part in that kind of living but think it might not be so bad for a minority who is comfortable with it and we accept it.
The Bible talks about this in Psalms when David says “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” However, what we put in front of our eyes is only the external demonstration of what we should be. Jesus said in Mathew “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” I know most of us can’t completely avoid seeing any media but this verse gives us a clue as to what we must be to overcome this constant influence. Philippians tells us “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” If this is what we have our focus on God will ensure our protection, not as a pass to do whatever we want but to move as he does: completely and utterly free.