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    Honoring God in Your Media Choices: 8 Questions to Consider

    As Christians, we want to live for Christ, honoring Him through the choices we make in every area of our lives, not the least of which being our media choices. This can prove especially challenging in a culture where many of the books, movies, music, and magazine options available to us are anything but Christ-honoring. Add to that the legalistic, man-made rules thrown at us by some well-meaning believers, as well as the knowledge that becoming desensitized to evil is a real trap to avoid, and it can be hard to know exactly which lines to draw for ourselves in the area of media consumption.

    As murky as these waters can be, however, it is nevertheless crucial that we purpose to navigate them well. We want to be as David who, in Psalm 119:37 asked God to, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,” but sometimes we don’t know what that means exactly. Are we prohibited from consuming any forms of media at all which are not overtly Christian in nature and message?

    Far from laying down hard and fast rules for you to follow, I instead want to equip you today to walk by the Spirit and make decisions on your own according to His leading. To do so, we will look at the qualities of things which we should be filling our lives with, as outlined by Paul in Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.”

    • True

    The first question to consider is this: “Is what I am considering reading, watching, or listening to truthful?” Will it guide you to the truth, or will it fill your mind with lies? Will it equip you to take your thoughts captive or provide you with a whole host of new thoughts you will have to take captive? What will be the long-term consequence, mentally, for you consuming such content?

    • Honorable

    Is this movie, book, song, or magazine honorable? Does it honor God and those made in His image? Is it honoring to men, women, children, minorities, and those with disabilities? Is it content worth honoring with your time and attention?

    • Just

    Is this form of media just, not only to those who star in it or produce it, but also to those to whom it is marketed? Is its treatment of the object of its focus just? Does it unfairly treat or misrepresent anyone or anything? Does it malign people or build them up? Does it spur on racial injustice or seek to put an end to it? Does it unfairly objectify women or honor them justly?

    • Pure

    Is the book, magazine, movie, or song in question pure? Does it promote purity or make fun of it? Does it inspire you to preserve your purity or treat it as something cheap to give away to anyone and everyone? Does it inspire you to wait for your future husband or live faithfully if you are already married? Does it represent sex in a holy way or a degrading way?

    • Lovely

    Is the content lovely or filled with gratuitous violence, gore, or darkness? Does it spark an appreciation for beauty, creation, and life, or does it fill your mind with disgusting thoughts and images?

    • Commendable

    Is the media in question commendable? Is it of good report and good reputation? Is it worth giving your time, money, and attention to? Would you recommend it to others? Is the quality high and worth focusing on?

    • Morally Excellent

    As believers clothed in the righteousness of Christ, we should be choosing media that represents this standing we have in Christ. Is the media you are considering morally excellent in all the ways listed above? Does it esteem God, life, purity, holiness, justice, mercy, and humility? Is it morally excellent?

    • Praiseworthy

    Ultimately, ask yourself if the media content in question is praiseworthy. Would you share it with others? Would you recommend it to a new, brand new believer or to your younger sibling? Would you suggest to your pastor that he partake in it? Does it live up to God’s standard?

    Allow these questions to guide your daily media choices, and you will be well on your way to being able to make Spirit-led decisions as to what you do and do not allow yourself to take in. Choose well, and you and your growth in Christ will be all the better for it!

    Rebekah Hargraves
    Rebekah Hargraves
    Rebekah Hargraves is a wife, mama of two littles, blogger, podcaster, and author whose passion is to edify, equip, and encourage women in their journey of Biblical womanhood, particularly with an emphasis on the gospel and its implications for everyday life. Rebekah's first book, "Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them)" released the fall of 2017, and the "Lies Moms Believe" Companion Bible Study came out March 30, 2018. You can find Rebekah on her website, Hargraves Home and Hearth, on Instagram, or on iTunes via The Home and Hearth podcast.

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