Critical Thinking in Media
What you put your focus on in life will shape who you are.
I’ve heard it said that in 5 years you will be a combination of the friends you spend time with, the books you read, and the audio that you listen to.
What do you think? Are we shaped by media? Do you start thinking and talking like the people and characters that you watch and hang out with?
Jesus teaches us on this topic, he says,
Matthew 6:22–23 (HCSB)
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness!
ILLUSTRATION – Pretend that you are very thirsty. You want to drink something to quench your thirst. And so you have a cup, and you can dip that cup into all sorts of different liquids.
The choice of where to dip the cup is going to have a massive impact on your health.
Your eyes are like that cup. You are thirsty to experience life, to grow and to learn. But where will you choose to learn from?
Sometimes we think that we can look at something and that it will not shape us, or change us at all. But the truth is that everything has some sort of impact on your life. That impact is often determined by how much time you spend thinking about it, or looking at it.
We need to be very aware of what we look at, and what we allow to capture our imaginations.
If we want to be godly, then we need to put our primary focus and thinking on God, so that it is God who shapes our lives more than anything else.
1. What is the best movie that you have ever seen? AND THEN, what is the main message of that movie.
2. What effect can media have on your choices?
3. What effect can media have on your standards?
4. How much screen time is appropriate for you on a daily basis?
5. What are some practical ways to decide what media is appropriate for you.