Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
Me and my husband own and operate a nonprofit business teaching classes to students. One of the ways we advertise our class is through videos we create about class. We film class with our phones, then we use an editor to edit the videos together to make one short video of class.
Here’s the thing…as the “editor”, I get to make the videos “say” exactly what I want it to say. Whatever I want the audience to believe about our class – I simply edit the video in such a way. It’s not to say we are doing anything wrong – we’re not. But the point is, if I want to show that our classes are big, I only add videos to the main video of a lot of students. If I want to show that students are all happy, I only add videos to the main video of students laughing. This is how media works. The author, editor, behind whatever YOU are looking at creates a story and or video to make YOU believe whatever THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE! And the sad sad part about life today is we believe every lie in the media – as truth -simply because we do not have the capability to critically think about what we are watching.
The media is nothing more than a “god” today that we worship.
We need to people who research what we are being told.
We need to be people who can look at every situation with an open mind.
When we read the Bible and understand the teachings of Jesus He reminds us of the narrow gate.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Yes, in this verse, Jesus is referring to Himself. Many people will walk the road of destruction by refusing to acknowledge Him as the path to life. In the same way, many people walk through the broad media gate. Followers of Christ are ridiculed for being “crazy Christians.” At the same time, those of us who question the media are called conspiracy theorists.
Sorry, not sorry – but we should not believe EVERYTHING we are told by the media simply because the media says it.
It’s like we cannot wrap our minds around the fact that the media is made up of people who have an agenda. Their agenda is for you to believe everything they say regardless of the truth.
I am not suggesting we never believe anything the media says.
But we cannot be people who DO NOT think!
That is exactly who we are today. We are people who are in such a rush we do not take the time to learn and research. We stare at our phones all day giving no thought to what we are being told.
It’s sad on every level!
Luke 24:45 “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”
Jesus opened His disciples minds to understanding the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit does the same thing for us when we ask Him. God gives us wisdom when we study His word and when we pray to Him.
When we hear the same lie over and over we believe it. Jesus is truth – and the way. He will lead us to understanding and truth when we ask Him.
If you are watching information on the media on a regular basis, ask God to help you see what you’re watching from His perspective. If something doesn’t make sense, that usually means it’s not true. Ask God to give you peace over what you’re watching. If you don’t have peace, ask God to lead you to the truth but researching and learning more about what you’re trying to understand.
God is not the author of confusion:
1: Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
He will give you understanding if you ask Him!
Turn the lies of the media off and turn to Jesus Christ for truth.
“Teach me above all, blessed Son of the Father, the revelation of the Father that gives confidence in prayer.” ~ Andrew Murray
Pray to God for revelation. He will give it to you.
The enemy is a liar. Jesus is truth. Trust Him before you trust the media!
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS