Holiness and MediaI was recently asked:

What standards do you set for television, movies, video games, magazines and other media? What are some biblical principles that might guide us in the decision making process?

This was my response:

Holiness is not only about being set apart, but it is also about living an unordinary life. That means we are not going to make the same choices as the world around us, we are not going to love like the world loves, and we are not going pursue the same things the world pursues. We will not settle for an ordinary life.

When it comes to the standards we use for our media, I can’t think of a better passage than Philippians 4:8; “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)

Another principle that I think is good to apply to our media consumption is the principle of no secrets. In Luke 12:2-3 Jesus says; “The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!” (NLT) If we are trying to keep something a secret we need to ask ourselves why we want it a secret. Most of the time when we are trying to keep something a secret it is because we don’t want people to know that we are doing it.

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