PHOTO: You can always turn it off, you know.
Images on television and social media are intended to inflame us.
How does making us angry at people we don’t even know help the media sell ads and promote their platform?
Media reports on TV and smart phones indulge the flesh. Our sinful nature actually likes anger or even fury.
One fleshy piece of news after another gets us on the edge of our seat to salivate more than any fictional account ever could. Bingo! They’ve got us.
True freedom is so personal. We are free to shut off that which feeds the flesh and deliberately turn to God to feed our spirit. It’s one of the beautiful things about Psalm 23 and other scriptures that tell us, “Life in Me is not spinning out of control for I am with you.”
Once we’ve turned off that which inflames and turn on that which gives life, we are “free” to love.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: The road to Calvary was filled with audible hatred and visual imagery that could have inflamed Jesus. He used it to serve the opposite purpose.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:18