Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Judgment (Part 24)
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel that displays the glory of Christ, Who is the Image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
Our culture of media mania reminds me of the movie, The Matrix. In it, people are captured by machines, and they lie dormant in a trance-like state. Their minds are chemically imprisoned by an artificial reality, where they think they're living life, but they're not.
Such a comparison seems insulting in a free nation like America. We're called the busiest people on earth. Maybe, but we average eleven hours a day sitting and staring at screens, adding up to nine years of viewing time.* Therein, we are still and know other gods.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You won't be reduced to spectators. You won't be tied to couches and pews. You won't be lazy-boy recliners watching the enemy on the field. You were created to be players: performers in an epic drama, setting the stage for the Star's return.
When God let media go primetime, mind-numbing shows took millions captive. In the sobering reality of unreality's grip on fans, you're cast as airborne fighter pilots: soaring on entertainment's airwaves, refusing every side-tracking curve, ignoring every sidelining ache, avoiding every pit-falling plunge...
Because media mania is now a platform to broadcast God's news: Jesus Christ forgives, redeems and saves. He offers love, joy, peace and purpose. His headliners ignite new passion for sleepers to rise and live in Truth.
'Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you' (Ephesians 5:14).
To Be Continued...
* Stats: 11 hours a day in media.https://www.statista.com/chart/1971/electronic-media-use/
* Stats: In a normal lifespan, the average American will spend 9 years watching TV (not counting other media devices): http://www.statisticbrain.com/television-watching-statistics/
** 'Be still and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.