The compromising implications of modern media.

Star Cluster

Imagine for a moment that you are in a large city, looking up at the stars. What will you see?

Probably very little.

If you have ever lived in a city, you know that there is a ton of light pollution that keeps you from seeing the stars clearly. However, if you go out to the country, you will find that the pollution is either very small, or does not exist. The stars are in beautiful array and it seems as though you can see for millions of miles!

In his presentation called Convictions or Compromise, Phillip Telfer equates media with light pollution. The more we fill our lives with media, the harder it becomes to “see” God. In my own life, the amount of media I consume is more than ought to be. Staggering is the amount of time people actually spend watching tv, movies, playing video games, and surfing the internet. When added together, the AVERAGE person spend 25 or so years of his life consuming media!

I have not before realized that the media we consume, has an immense impact on my worldview. Americans, and even Christians, have become desensitized to grotesque violence, sexual themes, and corrupt language that is so prevalent in our society today. Should this be what influences our lives, even if it is on a small scale? Phillip gave a wonderful illustration of the power of media. He said:

Every song is a sermon

Every movie a message

Every TV a teacher

Every word is a weapon

And a picture is worth a thousand words

There are people who are sitting behind these productions who have an intent for doing every thing that happens. There is a message in everything, and it is not always the ones we want to influence us. Phillip warned us that the devil has more of an influence on the media that we realize. He said that we as Christians love to quote the verse in James 4:7 that says:

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Yet, we quote the last part of the verse without following the direction of the first part of the verse. If the devil can get us distracted by different media, then we will be less likely to submit to God, and therefore have no power to resist him. I can testify to this because times of temptation are stronger when I have been watching a movie or playing a video game, and submitting to God in order that I might resist that temptation, is much more difficult.

Charles Finney, in his book “A Power from on High”,  said:

“Again, no amusement can be innocent that involves the squandering of precious time, that might bebetter employed to the glory of God and the good of man. Life is short. Time is precious. We have but one life to live. Much is to be done. The world is in darkness. A world of sinners are to be enlightened, and, if possible, saved. We are required to work while the day lasteth. Our commission and work require dispatch. No time is tobe lost. If our hearts are right, our work is pleasant. If rightly performed it affords the highest enjoyment and is itself the highest amusement. No turning aside for amusement can be innocent that involves any unnecessary loss of time. No man that realizes the greatness of the work to be done, and loves to do it, can turn aside for anyamusement involving an unnecessary waste of time. Again, no amusement can be innocent that involves an unnecessary expenditure of the Lord’s money. All our time and all our money are the Lord’s. We are the Lord’s. We may innocently use both time and money to promote the Lord’s interests and the highest interests of man, which are the Lord’s interests. But we may not innocently use either for our own pleasure and gratification.”

A Challenge

Life is about a relationship with Jesus Christ, so Mr. Telfer challenged us to go on a media fast, and see how much clearer our relationship with Christ would become. I have decided to accept that challenge and seek the Lord first and foremost. During the month of February, I will not be on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Buzz. I will not watch any movies, play any video games, and only listen to music that is uplifting to the Lord. However, so that you will know I am still alive, I will continue to write on my blog. So sign up for the e-mail updates to stay on top of things. (Top right-hand corner of this page). I want to remove all influence of media from my life during this month and focus on God’s word, reading encouraging books, and of course my school work.

I would invite you to accept the challenge also, and see what difference it makes in your life.

Maybe it won’t be for a month, but commit to a time that will cause you to look to Christ more and more. I would also recommend that you check out Phillip Telfer’s website, MediaTalk 101.  I can highly recommend his presentations, so don’t miss him if he is in your area, and invite him to come if he is not!

Let me ask you brother or sister, are you willing to set aside your own enjoyment for the pursuit of the Kingdom of God? Will you be willing to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Christ? You must, for that is what Christ Himself called us to do. It is not easy, and many times I fail. But together we can encourage and build each other up. What will your answer be?

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About Nathan Hamilton

I am a home schooled, high school graduate, and a graduate from Thomas Edison State College in General Business Management, working at CollegePlus! I love my wife, being a husband, being around people, reading, volleyball, golf, ultimate frisbee, traveling, working, eating healthy, exercising, my Mac, and learning new things. My relationship with Jesus Christ, is the most important relationship I have. He is the one who gives me strength to live every day, and grace to make it through various trials and tribulations. Remember that knowledge of Christ is Good, Belief in Christ is better, but only a relationship with Jesus Christ will save you. View all posts by Nathan Hamilton

10 responses to “The compromising implications of modern media.

  • Cindy


    I couldn’t agree more! Wonderfully said! You are such a mature young man to see this and make a change. That is why we got off of Facebook. It is taking our society in a direction that we believe is unprofitable and detrimental.

    We have enjoyed reading your blog; glad you are posting again. We will be contacting you soon to talk about College Plus for Joshua.

    Cindy Cole

    • Nathan Hamilton

      Well, I think facebook has it’s place, but too many people spend inordinate amounts of time on there. Something else Mr. Telfer said was, “You should get your face in His Book, before you get on facebook”. What you write on facebook is a reflection of your heart, and many times even Christians don’t think about the weight words can carry. I am glad you are enjoying my blog, because I am enjoying writing! Great! I look forward to talking with you about Joshua.

  • Caitlin

    25 years of media? That’s incredible! I think the number is going to grow exponentially as media is integrated into the everyday human experience.

    The illustration of the stars hit home with me though. I blogged about it last night. I had never seen the stars shine so brightly until I moved to Texas. The awe of the heavens had somehow gone mostly unnoticed. Now they are my favorite view.

    • Nathan Hamilton

      I think you are right Caitlin. The movie Wall-E is a good illustration of that. Yes, I love the view of the stars. Something I thoroughly enjoy is pulling in the driveway of my Oklahoma home at midnight, stepping out, and looking up to see the millions of stars overhead. It reminds me of just how Awesome our God is, and how awestruck we ought to be of Him!

  • Jason Manion

    I think I will take you up on your challenge…with the caveat that I’ll stay away from personal social media use. I still have to do some work related stuff. Thanks for the challenge Nathan! Let’s grow closer to God this month!

    • Nathan Hamilton

      Welcome aboard! Yes, I can understand about the business social media. But there is a difference. I am look forward to what God is going to do! Let’s keep each other accountable.

  • Matthew

    Oddly enough, at the very bottom of your blog post is a big, huge Google ad for Netflix. Love the irony…

  • Joshua

    That’s a great idea, Nathan! I completely agree with you. Society is smothered by media, and it can easily, and quickly lead to many problems for individuals and families. It is sad how people (myself included) have so much technology at their fingertips, and misuse it so horribly. I actually wrote a essay last year about the problems/dangers of Facebook and social networking.

    Thank you for the post. I’m praying for you!

    -Joshua ™

    • Nathan Hamilton

      Yes, you are right. Many people think that social media is completely innocent, but it can be dangerous if not used in the right way.

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