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Stop Feeding Us Trash

Simply put, we live in a world were the media likes to feed us trash. It’s an unfortunate thing. We go to turn on the television or computer and we’re bombarded with sexual images, violence, cursing, and news about all the negative things happening around us. Sure, to an extent this is reality, but why is it reality? I believe we’re creating this reality for ourselves. In fact, we’re becoming a world that is becoming highly addicted to being spoon fed trash by the various aspects of the media, and many are acting out on it. Please let me explain.

First, let me say I believe God created everybody equal in terms of self-worth, dignity, and His love for us. In the same manner, I believe others should be treated by us with the same love God has for us. In addition I also believe in the potential of all mankind to be extraordinary and accomplish those things they set out to do in accordance with God’s will.

With all that being said, this is where I struggle. We turn on the news and we primarily hear about awful things. We hear about injustice, corruption, and the dissatisfaction of we as a united people. At least we’re supposed to be united, and under God! Then to make things worse, we go to unwind from this horrendous news, and we’re fed with the very immoralities I mentioned earlier. Sexual images, cursing, violence, and the like on television shows, video games, Internet, and even our phones. I can’t even check my old e-mail account without getting bombarded by trash I don’t want. Things like this shouldn’t be so, but our world is doing it to itself.

My solution is this. Let’s take personal and community responsibility. Let’s be responsible for what we allow to penetrate our minds and defend those around us with the same vigor we would in defending a newborn babe from a hungry wolf, because that’s what we’re up against. I would also encourage you to meditate on these words from the Holy Bible:

Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

In closing, remember that sometimes it takes individual choices to bring about big changes. Even if we don’t remove all the filth from the world around us, we can still remove the majority of it from our lives and that in itself is something remarkable. I would encourage you to take that step if you haven’t already. Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel Bauer
Joel M. Bauer is a 45-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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    You got a point Joel, as they say…”You can bring a horse to the water, but you can’t force him to drink.” The media will continue to bring us garbage, it’s up to us to consume it…or not.

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    Agreed. I feel like the Lord often says to me, “Eyes off the news and on Me.”

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    Joel,
    So many good points made here, and I would have to completely agree with you. I become so frustrated when having my students do research and they come across a reliable and credible site only to discover that the advertisements posted on the side are something that should not be seen by the eyes of a teenager, yet they have become so immune to the junk in front of them. The impact to which media is having on the next generation is not only destroying what is good, but is altering what never was appropriate and making it acceptable and appear to be good. It is imperative for us to recognize what is pure to God and not defile our minds with the trash available for us to feast upon. Thanks for sharing.

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    Amelia,

    You’re right. I guess I just get frustrated at the secular media sometimes and wish they would bring us more positive news.

    Emily,

    Yes, the Lord does the same with me all the time. The funny thing is that the reason this news site exists is because I don’t like the news. At least that’s one of the many reasons.

    Renee,

    Couldn’t have said that any better. I’ll be looking for some basic news and find garbage because people are trying to make money off the ads. So disappointing.

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