Lord, Hear Our Cry: Day 3
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Chuck Klosterman, pop culture expert and author, says this about media and entertainment: “Pundits are always blaming TV for making people stupid, movies for desensitizing the world to violence, and rock music for making kids take drugs and kill themselves. These things should be the least of our worries. The main problem with mass media is that it makes it impossible to fall in love with any acumen of normalcy. There is no 'normal,’ because everybody is being twisted by the same sources simultaneously.”
It’s a tragedy in today’s world that there’s no sense of this “normal.” Hollywood and Big Media celebrate the degradation of our society; they lift up and publicize the abnormal and sinful. They celebrate the most morally compromised and confused among us. The enemy has risen up and negatively influenced each and every aspect of America, especially Hollywood and those whom we have trusted to report facts, arguably the most influential aspect of today’s culture.
If we were to truly pray and then act upon Philippians 4:8, there would be no more twisting and perverting the news and entertainment that gets broadcast and shown all over the country. We need to pray for those in these industries. We need to pray they will focus their efforts on things that are true, things that honor God and his creation, things that are just and fair, things that are pure, things that are lovely and commendable, things that are excellent, and things that are worthy of praise to God the Father.
Those that are in in these industries and struggle daily to be pure and devoted to our Lord’s commandments deserve our prayers. Pray for their courage and integrity this day. Pray that God will bless them with gifts to shine in this ever-darkening world. Pray His light will shine through them.
PRAY FOR THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
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