Recently I saw a group of teens walking together. I'm guessing they were all friends. But, you wouldn't know it by the way they buried their noses in their smart phones, texting away. Curiously I watched and waited for there to be audible conversation. I waited a long time. Their attention never wavered from their silent communication. They walked on...in silence.
Had they forgotten how to have a "normal" conversation or had the "normal" become the exception?
I wish this had been an isolated incident. It was not.
Just last week, a mom friend of mine reported something I found quite unsettling. She is currently attending nursing school. As an intelligent, curious woman she seeks to understand WHY things work and the body as a whole system. Given that fact, she asks questions during class. Her 20-something counterparts ostracize her for doing so. They prefer to "Google it, write it down and move on". Which nurse would you rather have?
That generation of our future leaders has lost their sense of curiosity and submitted to the mind dulling, over saturation of media.
So now I ask, HOW have YOU been captivated?
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Viewing Captivated by Philip Telfer, founder and president of Media Talk 101, was truly eye opening. I had figured that since I don't own a smart phone and share family computer time from one common computer that media didn't have much hold over me.
Through compelling testimonies and interviews from Kerby Anderson, Dr. Ted Baehr, Mark Bauerlein, Phil Chalmers, Ray Comfort, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Trace Embry, Melissa Henson, Maggie Jackson, Al Menconi, Dr. David Murray, Dr. Jeff Myers, Raul Ries, Dick Rolfe, Joe Schimmel, Kevin Swanson, Bob Waliszewski, Dr. David Walsh, Major Phil Willis, Tim Winter and KP Yohannan, Captivated breaks down 4 areas of struggle:
Media Consumption - showcasing the affects of non-stop "all you can eat media buffet" on the brains of our children.
"Our appetites as humans are trained."
Content - Hollywood writes to impress THEIR peers. Dubbed a "vast wasteland" in 1961, it's now a "toxic dump"
"If I could control the medium of the American motion picture, I would need nothing else to convert the entire word....to communism." Joseph Stalin
Captivity - Whatever you invest your time in, feeds your spirit. Did you know the affects of videogame addiction parallels that of gambling?
Battleground - Media keeps you too busy to think about God. There's a spiritual battle for hearts and minds as the enemy is interwoven in society.
What's the cure?
Though cutting back is an obvious answer, still more radical is the idea of a media fast. Unplugged, there are testimonies from various adults AND kids who tell you first hand that though it was hard it first, they were blessed with better health, restoration of peace, sparking of deeper more meaningful conversations and relationships between parent and child and overall balance. Families are being set free and restored!
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