Christian Life Hack #2: Is the Media Trying to Indoctrinate Me?

Sometimes we worry about the messages we receive on the radio, on TV, in movies, in books, on the news, etc. We ask ourselves, “Is the media trying to indoctrinate me?”

To answer this in brief: Yes it is.

But not in some over-arching sinister way.

See, every song has a message. Every show has a message. You get the idea.

Because everything in media has a message, it often seems like the media itself is conspiring to re-shape our minds so that everyone thinks the same way about everything.

However, because each thing in media has a different writer, director, actor, singer, etc. There is no real consistency in the media.

Media reflects culture and shapes it at the same time.

So how do we deal with the messages we see on TV or in other forms of media from a Christian perspective.

The Answer:  2 Peter 3:17-18

17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We must guard our hearts and minds so that we recognize claims about how to think that are in contradiction with the clear teachings of Scripture.

The more Scripture we know, the better we can guard our hearts. The better we guard our hearts, the less likely we will be led astray by claims that are contrary to how God would have us think and act.

What are your thoughts on this?