“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” ~Phil 4:8
“If anyone gives and answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” Proverbs 18:13
The battlefield of the Media is vast and complex. Its boundaries extend beyond print and screen. Its ultimate objective is to possess and influence our minds.
The battle rages in our discord and conversations, both with our neighbors and with people we have never met. It shapes actual governmental policies that directly impact the lives of millions. It influences the way we vote and the selection of leaders. Then it tries to tell us (and scare us) about how we should think and feel about the leaders we’ve selected.
This battlefield changes rapidly but this is an old battlefield that has affected the entire world. In our own nation the media has helped shape our attitudes toward the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, civil rights, and the Cold War (anyone remember Rocky IV). Just twenty-five years ago, media was shaped and managed by a select group of news organizations, editorial pages, gossip rags, sports personalities and Hollywood celebrities on print media (newspapers and magazines) radio, movies and TV. Today anyone with a camera, phone and Wi-Fi can have an impact that Walter Cronkite and Ronald Reagan (mentioned for his celebrity status before and after entering politics) could never have dreamed of.
In this day and age, because of the “democratization” of media we bear eyewitness accounts of countless heart-warming “Welcome Home” videos from troops returning from war.
But we have also seen the heart-wrenching images of a man being murdered after being knelt on for over nine minutes by one who had sworn to protect him.
Media effects how we think and how we act. This is the lay of the land gentlemen. Media allowed a 100-year-old British man to raise one million pounds for walking in his backyard during COVID. It’s the medium that organizes flash mobs for celebrations and spontaneous dance parties, and is also the same tool used to stirrup crowds and push them over the edge and into violence.
As Kingdom Men, we must recognize that Media is a landscape, it’s the topography for the battlefield, it is not the battle itself. It is a tool of influence that can be used for the spread of information and education or for propaganda. If we believe that to be true, we can use it as a tool, find the high-ground and use it for our advantage toward victory.
So how are we to see the battlefield? First, in Ephesians 6, Paul reminds us who we actually war against. It is not flesh and blood, it’s against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Secondly, in Philippians 4:8 Paul echoes Jesus’ call for us to capture the high ground. He instructs us to focus our minds on those things that are honorable, noble, true and just. The point is that if we focus our minds on the high-ground then our action will come from the high-ground and we will have a greater perspective of the battle taking place BELOW us (in character and discord).
We’re not called, nor commanded by Christ to get into the muck and mire and to use the enemy’s tools against him. We have Kingdom weapons: love, scripture, prayer, fasting and praise & worship. When we employ these on the battlefield of the media, we will experience the victory and the freedom of the War that is ALREADY WON!
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom Men, check your social media feeds today. Pray over them and scrub them with Psalm 139 as a lens on your heart. “Search me God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ask yourself who you are following and why? Do they reflect Christ, love and the Gospel? Are they advancing the Kingdom for His sake or their own? What have you posted? Is it in line with Philippians 4:8? Were you trying to learn and understand your neighbor, or were you just trying to be right? Who do you need to apologize too? Identify these things and then ACT!
We fight on this field, we are not passive, it just that our fight may look different than we may have been led to believe. But remember, the King that entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday looked different than what the world would have expected too…And He is STILL Victorious.
Tomorrow, we’ll be on the Battlefield of Government.