2 Corinthians 10:5
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The church that my family and I attend has recently started a church wide campaign to do as the title of this entry suggests….seek God as we have never sought Him before. We are seeking a spiritual breakthrough in our individual lives, our families, the life of our church, our community, our nation etc. How are we doing this? There are a number of actions we are all taking that involve prayer and fasting, individually and corporately.
One of the fasting elements we have been challenged to undertake is a fast from non-work related media ….. television, movies, Facebook, Instagram,……blog reading??? (maybe not that.) Reduce by 50% the amount of media we take in..and replace that time, seeking God .. reading his Word, praying, mediating, growing deeper our relationship to Him so that we can experience that spiritual breakthrough we are looking for in our lives. And so as I undertake this particular challenge and focus more energy (and time) focusing on Him, I am starting to be a little more discerning about what I feed my mind with. When this verse talks about taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ, I feel that too includes the media that I take in.
Now I’m not suggesting that we cut off our televisions completely and throw them away (though there’s probably solid arguments FOR doing that). But if I’m going to restrict my media intake (and, confession time here, for me, we’re talking television .. I like TV….there it is) I certainly want to make sure what I take in is worth my while. I want to be entertained, challenged, mentally stimulated but as I seek God at a deeper level, I want to make sure that what I take into my mind supports my desire to know God better – or at the very least will not undo what I’m trying to do during those times of seeking. That’s no small challenge considering what is available to watch today. And I’m not suggesting that we abandon current programming and start watching re-runs of “Father Knows Best” – you young guys may have to Google that one… I am a fan of a good blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em up action flick as the next guy. And there is some value, I suppose, at understanding the culture in which we live, that we are trying to engage and lead to Christ. But, I am starting to find, as I fill my time and mind with the things of God, there is lesser appeal for some of the programming I watch.
And my kids see this. My wife sees this (esp. as she does this challenge with me). They see daddy watching less TV, and reading more: my Bible, other literature. Certainly that’s an influence I want to have on my family. This journey has just started for me, and I’m excited for how God will reveal Himself more and more to me. I would challenge you, if this strikes a chord with you, to try it yourself. I am confident you won’t be disappointed.
Be strong. Be a leader. Act like men.