What about the Media?

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

tvWhen I was kid growing up in the 1960s, we had a TV and a radio and that was it. We waited all year to watch the “The Wizard of Oz” on network TV and got to skip dinner to see it. We normally spent time eating family dinners, doing chores and homework, and living life with family and friends. I miss those days. Since that time the media has become so pervasive in our lives that people literally cannot go to the bathroom without someone trying to tell them what to think or what to believe through their smart phone or some other electronic toy. This loss of personal boundaries and freedom is shocking, but we seem to be adjusting...I guess. The greatest casualties of this media world are the children because this is all they know and it seems “normal” to them.

If you look at the word “media” it comes from the word “mediator.” A mediator is a person that connects people together and has influence over the relationship. You often need a mediator when problems and/or conflicts come up. A mediator works to bring people together, to connect them. All of this gets more interesting when we find out the Bible tells us that Jesus is the mediator between God and Man according to I Timothy 2:5. Jesus came to connect us back to God because of the problem of sin and death. As a result, Jesus is there not only to connect us to the Lord, but to tell us how to think rightly about our lives and the Lord. After Jesus’ resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit to remind us of that truth. So in a way, after Jesus left us, the Holy Spirit became a mediator of truth, “Christian media” if you will. His job was to keep bringing us truth through the Bible about our Lord, His grace, and redemptive love.

When you tell people that the Holy Spirit is the Lord’s media today through the Bible they look a little confused. What? The Lord uses the invisible media of the Holy Spirit to connect us to Jesus and the truth of life, while the world uses its visible media to tell us about its values and what is important to it. The fascinating thing about the world’s media is the fact that it seems to be pushing us to support its “saviors” and humanistic solutions to life’s problems. Some of the world’s media started out pushing its views in a friendly way, but lately it’s starting to turn ugly against Christians. Have you noticed? This media war is raging daily and the casualities are mounting.

The Bible couldn’t be clearer on where this media war is going. It is moving to the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation has a simple message, missed by most. People have to decide where the source of life and truth comes from, God or Satan, Christ or Antichrist. The decision is a big one and the results are eternal. We all need to choose well. May our wonderful and gracious Lord help us find our way to Him in a confusing world.