Pop culture has been a huge part of my life since I was a teenager. Being raised in church, I was warned by my teachers and my parents about the seriousness of what I consumed for entertainment. As a child, my parents really did their best to monitor and limit what I was allowed to see and hear. I’m so grateful they did. Shout out to Mama and Daddy – you’re the real MVPs 😉 But as I got older, and started to make my own choices, I veered toward the humor and the glamour of Hollywood. I love to laugh. I love to dance. I love unique fashion and style. It has always fascinated me. Honestly, I thought, I know where I stand and what I believe in…everyone is really blowing this out of proportion. Except they weren’t.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve undergone a spiritual transformation over the last year. This has by far been the biggest evidence of the work God has done in me. Until about May of last year, if you turned on my car, you’d likely hear whatever Top 40 tune that was hot at the time. In the evenings, you’d find me watching the most popular shows on TV. I literally didn’t think anything of it. Did I know that I probably shouldn’t be watching or singing along to it? Honestly, yeah. I just simply ignored the voice inside that was warning me against it. I was too busy filling my heart and mind with things of this world.
The problem is that what we think is innocent, mindless fun is the exact opposite. There is no such thing as innocent and it’s definitely not mindless. The enemy uses the allure of entertainment to draw us away from that which is holy. Ephesians 2:2 calls Satan the prince of the power of the air, which is a spirit of disobedience. There is a literally spiritual battle taking place on Earth everyday of our lives. Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” There is evil at work in this world. Please look up Operation Mockingbird and MK Ultra mind control. (DuckDuckGo is the search engine that will give you the most uncensored info.) Satanically controlled leaders have been funneling subliminal messaging into our entertainment for longer than we’ve been alive. This is not conspiracy theory; it is fact.
However, we are told how to combat these forces in Ephesians 6:13. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:14-17 goes on to tell us that the armor of God consists of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God. When we fill our hearts with the truth of God’s word and seek Him in prayer, He will give us the wisdom to discern what is holy and acceptable to Him. Additionally, He will give us the strength to stand against the temptation of this world.
Am I saying that every song or movie is evil? Not at all. Will you hear me singing along if ‘You’re the Inspiration’ by Chicago comes on while I’m in Walgreens? Yes, you absolutely will. (I was recently reminded how much I love that song while browsing in Walgreens.) I really do believe that there are some songs and movies that are neutral, for lack of a better term. However, is that what we should be feeding our soul as a steady diet? No, it isn’t. What we take in through our eyes and ears, will eventually flow from our mouths. We should want to honor God in everything we say and do. It is our privilege as followers of Christ to bring glory to Him.
Be mindful of what you consume, friends. It matters more than you think.
Until next time,