Seeing Clearly through the Darkness: A Study of JudgesRelated Media
We’re bombarded daily by the impact of media and culture on our lives. Like it or not, our advanced technology has rendered us incapable of escaping it. Though we may seek retreat in our churches, homes or private schools, our world is always there, intruding upon our lives.
The issue is not how we can escape such a world, but how we deal with it.
Sometimes I’d like to be like the Amish, living in a cocooned environment where the culture doesn’t intrude. But what would I do with the commandments to be salt and light? Can boundaries really keep out evil and wrong thinking?
What we all need is discernment, the ability to see clearly through what we hear and see in the world, so we live wisely in the culture.
The book of Judges details a dark time when the people of God looked increasingly like the culture around them. We are right there—facing the same temptations today.
The Bible is actually God’s story. It records events that reveal how he interacted with his people, the descendants of Abraham, today called the Jews. The stories are rich spiritually and practically if we take the time to study and apply what we learn about God and his message to us. God remains the same always. What is revealed about him in the Old Testament is also true of him today. To love and trust him, pay attention to what these stories teach you about him and about yourself.
Kay Daigle, June 2019
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