For tonight, I want to share a brief excerpt from a paper I wrote for school about a month ago.
Author and apologist Ravi Zacharias (2002) quotes sociologist Daniel Bell regarding culture as saying, “[it] is an effort to provide a coherent set of answers to the existentialist situations that confront all human beings in the passage of their lives.” Regarding culture in this light, as being personal to the individual as well as a collective representation of a given nation during a particular time period, it is essential that those who partake in media be active and attentive, not passive, in their approach. Such passivity can only produce a negligent mass of homogeneous consumers, who having desacralized the selfhood of their peers consume one another as well as the media that created them.
I’m currently a communications major and I plan on focusing on and looking for a job in public relations (or as the new politically correct term phrases it, “communications specialist”). I like to write, to tell stories. In fact, one of the things that has helped to balance out the procrastination I take part in from time to time is my ability to fluff up a paper or test question through embellishment and explanation. I think that this quality will probably help me “spin” situations in the public relations field. But how often do we let ourselves get spun?
So many of us get caught up in the world that we live in, in our consumer-driven, keep-up-with-the-Jones’, reality-television Western World, that we forget we are called by God to be set apart as holy (Leviticus 20:24). We are required to be in the world, but we were never supposed to be of it (1 Corinthians 7:31). I am certainly as guilty as anyone else of getting caught up in the world that I live in. It’s been four days since my last post because I’ve been doing other things with my time. With my time? Hmm… Perhaps I should rephrase that. Time is a gift, and one that we cannot retrieve once it’s expended. I want to encourage you to reconsider the way you think about time. Does it really belong to you, or is a gift of God, that “something borrowed” at the wedding, that you’re supposed to take care of and use wisely? I think if we viewed our time, our thoughts, our actions, and indeed our very lives as belonging to Christ (since in all actuality they actually are), we might alter the way we utilize them.
Don’t let your thoughts get spun by the world around you, because inevitably, it will end up spinning your thought process, your personality and worldview, and ultimately your character.
P.S. I know that at the begining of this month I began a fast to seek God’s will for my life, and have now just stated that I have a major and general career goal. This is not a contradiction. Right now, this is my plan. But I am trying to seek out His plan.