Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Different Perspective on Media...

This week, I have been studying an American Government course.  It is really eye-opening to see how our government works (or doesn't work).  -But more than that, our founding fathers had a lot to say about the constitution they created.  John Adams said that the constitution was "designed for a moral, godly nation. If any one else attempted it, they would fail."  He went on to say that America "is not built on religion, but on Christianity... the gospel of Jesus Christ."  So amazing!  Yet, we never hear that today.  Why? Well, I came across one reason for that too.

Reading through some amazing political races, it struck me time and again how much the media influences people’s voting.  Instead of the media reporting on popular opinion, the media writes the opinion.  To control the beliefs of the people, you must first control the media. It is no wonder that righteous politicians have such difficulty filling an office position. -They have to first cater to the media; and the media is liberal. 
Sometimes, as in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the papers care nothing for the politicians or administrations, but rather about acquiring more readers.  In fact, these papers lower their standards of journalism to exaggerate phenomena and give their readers a sensational “high” causing them to want future editions.  Making wide use of color, comics, and pictures give this type of newspaper the title “Yellow Journalism.” These types of articles are slanderous and outrageous- but there are no rules to govern what media can or cannot say, so long as they can prove a lack of malicious intent!  No one really checks the information they hear on the news.  They just assume that the TV or the radio or the newspaper knows what they are talking about.  The things we hear may be entirely false!  

Now, I didn't intend to write this as a "slam" on media, but rather as a challenge to Believers.  Very rarely do I check out the information that I hear through the "news," and I am not the one to encourage those reporters who do honest work.  Even more than that, I find it easy to be just like the world: claiming rights at the expense of others or their reputation, finding numbers or popularity more important than integrity, using big words and colorful arguments to cover up sin... the list goes on and on.
One example is loud, rock-n-roll type "worship" teams at churches to make people more "comfortable" and inflate church attendance.  Unfortunately, not only do churches accept mediocrity and even wrongdoing to bring in more unbelievers, but individual Believers lower standards to fit “in” with their peers.  We are taught that if we make the gospel with more sugar and less salt, more people will accept Christ.  Take out the part about SIN and just talk about God's LOVE and how you can come-as-you-are.  This thinking is so dangerous!  If we refuse to let our light shine, we are actually blowing out the candle of the gospel!

The challenge to me is, do I impact my area as the media influences the nation?  Am I willing to be separate from the world, or do I succumb to “sensational” popularity?  An I willing to call sin what it is and get right with God again?  I must live in the world but of the Kingdom, and allow Christ in me to bring people to Him.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter 2011 Media Minimization Challenge

Dear friends,

This video introduces the media challenge that I am taking... and you are welcome to join me. In a nutshell, God needs some more time; so I will not be on here during the month of March. In fact, you won't be able to get to me on facebook, email, or other media. If you really need to get a hold of me, you can call me at 406-941-0845. God bless you as you seek Him!

Winter Media Minimization Challenge from Loving the Lord Ministries on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Let Me Help!

Howdy ya'll!  It has been so long since I have been able to write, due to being snowed in for almost a month.  God's creation surely is beautiful though, even if all the snow (10 ft drifts) keeps us at home.  One of the neat things about being home is spending lots of time with my nephew, Isaac.  He loves the snow, but when it is so cold, he can't be outside, so when he can be outside he's out a long time.

I am learning that child training starts early.  Here is my nephew, only 18 months old, and yet he is learning to help however he can.  No being a wimp with him- he's all boy and loves "guy" things.  As I shoveled 6 inches of snow off our walk (an overnight accumulation,) Isaac came behind me, dragging a shovel twice his size.  Do I discourage him? Not at all!  Who cares if he's not really "helping".  He is learning to serve, and to do it with a smile!


Of course, we went sledding.  We have enough snow around here that it is not hard to find a drift big enough for sliding.  At first, Isaac would whimper when he fell off, even if he wasn't hurt.  However, Aunt BB doesn't take whiners sledding.  "If you're not hurt, then don't whine.  You're okay."  Before long, he was excited to grab the sled and go for a ride- and who cares if we tumble in the snow on the way!


Keeping gloves on the little guy was a challenge.  He would rather take off his gloves and taste the snow.  But a constant reminder to keep his gloves on or go inside helped him make his choice.  As we would walk, Isaac and I had to stay on trails... or fall off into a drift.  At first, he would wander off and then call for me to rescue him, but it's very self-critiquing. 

Yes indeed, training character into children starts early.  Isaac isn't even 2 years old; but already, he knows the difference between what he's supposed to do and what he's not supposed to do.  Remember friends, character matters!  Put Jesus first, and strive to be like him, and be a shining light for Jesus!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Loving the Lord Wholeheartedly (Video Discipleship continued)

 Here is the February videocast on Loving the Lord with all of your heart.  What a challenge it is in today's world to take "time-out" for the Lord!  It is a daily, hourly decision to make Jesus Christ our first priority. 


Loving the Lord Videocast #2 - A Relationship of Love with Jesus from Loving the Lord Ministries on Vimeo.

Dear sisters in Christ, if these videos have been helpful to you, feel free to contact Amy at info@lovingthelordministries.org and tell her how encouraging she has been. 

Video Discipleship

Amy Vest has been a friend of mine for several years, and her love for the Lord has inspired me in my walk with God.  She has begun a video encouragement discipleship by video, of which this is the first.  Enjoy!


Loving the Lord Videocast #1 - Intro & Heartbeat from Loving the Lord Ministries on Vimeo.