Blindness series #4
Why do people typically watch television? Is it because they really, really want to learn something ? Or is it because they are searching for answers in their life or to their math homework? Not usually. When we flip on the television, it exists as nothing but a diversion and is only meant to entertain. No matter how much “educational television” is out there what is mostly remembered is the entertaining aspects like the bright colors and vibrant personalities and hardly the real purpose of the educational show. Television exists as a medium. A medium is some device that is used to portray or convey as message of some kind. When I think of the word medium I think of art; in art, the different kinds of materials, like oils, water colors or acrylics, are considered mediums because they aid in portraying the meaning behind the art. So think of television as a canvas and all the images that are on it are simply the medium,or the paint; so, we can obviously conclude that a television show has some sort of purpose being portrayed. This can really explain the lack of genuine understanding of many things for people growing up in this day and age. When everything, not just on television, is presented in an entertaining fashion and has all the bright lights, that many times is mistaken for the meanings, so true understanding of the purpose is lost behind all the glitz.
Right now my mind is buzzing with examples of this in the smallest things in our society where we mistake the medium for the meaning instead of the true purpose. A big thing is advertising. Products are many times portrayed on commercial or billboards as experiences rather than the product itself. Like on McDonald’s commercials nowadays, all I get from the commercial is people being fulfilled and happy eating something, rather than what it truly is: we sell fast food. Advertising simply leads the viewer or reader into a whole different arena that doesn’t even partly relate to the real purpose or reality of the situation. What I am talking about today is not about television or advertising (that would be quite boring) I am talking about how these modern techniques and diversions have leaked into God’s church and soiled the Gospel.
A christian by its literal meaning, is a person who believes and follows Jesus Christ. Do you think that this meaning still holds today? In my opinion, it does not. I am not saying that entertaining aspects in a youth group of event like lights or music are the most devilish thing, I am just saying that the purpose of the lights and other visual displays should not be mixed with the real purpose of the event, Jesus. When these messages are mixed, which usually happens when not clarified or displays are overly exaggerated, what happens is that many times newer christians or people who are not following Jesus perceive God as a simple object of entertainment. Only another thing to receive selfish pleasure from. They began to expect that visual, monumental and entertaining experience from God and try to find it in attending as many flashy events and conventions as possible. This only leads them in a circle because, the Heart and wisdom of the Lord is not going to be found in flashy setups, entertaining worship concerts or endless convention hopping. Those devices aren’t meant to be what we seek out because they only bring along deceptive emotions that are not doing anything but leading the person farther away from God’s heart and more into a pit of self-pity.
Nowadays, even in the church, God and his wisdom and love is lost under all the glitz. I remember reading in 1 Corinthians and I came across this verse:
“And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],” 2:4 (AMP)
This jumped out at me, because it was saying the gospel should not be spoken or presented in a persuasive way. When I think persuasive, I think people wording the gospel in such a way that only benefits and extremely makes it cheap for an individual instead of the Holy Spirit speaking to their hearts about the things in their life that need to change. Words should be spoken with the Holy Spirit who will create the purest, holiest emotions. Not the deceptive emotions created by all “the hype” of Christian events. For the focus is after all getting the most plainly, honestly spoken story of how God became sin, by sending His Son to come and die, so that we may be closer to Him by his Holy Spirit. The Hype of all the entertaining, diverting distractions give us the wrong idea about God. Here is the truth: He is God, the author and finisher of our faith and the beginning and the end; His kingdom is not of this world, He has prepared a place for us in heaven with him and he became a sinful human and died just so we could be in heaven with him; His love is everlasting, His mercy is new every morning, His grace only gets greater even as we fall, and when we humble ourselves before Him he bends down and listens to our prayers; He created every one of us intricately, He uses the weak to lead the strong and endows on each of us special gifting that we can use for Him. That is only the beginning.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)