(Negative Effects Of)
DEFINITION: The word “media” refers to the Internet, literature, movies, TV, radio, music, video games, etc.
FACTS ABOUT MEDIA:
Music and dance are gifts from God. In Exodus 15:20-21 we see God’s people singing and dancing before the Lord. It isn’t long until Satan pollutes these joyful expressions as God’s people sing and dance before an idol (Exodus 32).
The media industry is controlled by unbelievers. Because of this, much of the music, video games, movies, etc., contain unwholesome content and do not promote positive values.
Spiritual powers inhabit music. When believers praise and worship God, His presence is there (2 Chronicles 5:13-14). It stands to reason that when ungodly music is played, Satan’s presence is manifested.
Music affects a person mentally and spiritually. Music affects the emotions and the spirit. For example, when David played his harp, the evil spirits departed from King Saul (1 Samuel 16:23)
Many secular musicians/actors engage in drugs and illicit sex. The reason? Their music and movies often promote it.
Pornography is addictive and victimizes people. The more you view pornographic material, the more you want to view. Pornography has victims, including the one addicted to it and the ones that performed the degrading acts. Pornography can also escalate from fantasies to actual acts.
Video games, the Internet, and television can become addictive. An addiction to anything–even a game–is not productive. Violent video games have been linked to crimes and atrocities.
Unwholesome literature can also be addictive, and contributes nothing to spiritual growth or positive mental development.
DEALING WITH MEDIA:
Ask God for forgiveness for participating in ungodly media. As in the case of all sins, these are transgressions for which forgiveness must be secured through the blood of Jesus.
Do a spiritual housecleaning. Get rid of any ungodly movies, games, or literature you own.
If you are addicted to ungodly media, eliminate all possible sources. Some people have disconnected the Internet and television because of their addiction. Get rid of ungodly music, games, books, magazines, etc. (See also “Addictions” in this database.)
Establish new standards for selecting media. Set positive standards for the types of programs and music you will view or listen to and the music, literature, or games you will purchase. Ask God to help you make better choices.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT MEDIA:
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15:20-21)
Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. (1 Samuel 16:23)
When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. As they danced, they sang. (1 Samuel 18:6-7)
The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
I will set before my eyes no vile thing. (Psalm 101:3)
Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:1-6)
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” (Luke 11:34-36)
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Romans 13:14)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. (2 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)