Over the last few weeks we have seen the power of our words in five of the seven mountains of culture. This week we will look at how our words have power on the mountain of media. There can be no doubt that over the last several years there has been an increasing escalation of the influence that media has had on culture. This can especially be seen in the area of its influence on other mountains such as government, business, celebration, and education.
It is the goal of the media to report those things that are taking place in the world, generally in regards to those other sectors of society that we’ve mentioned: government, faith, celebration, education, business and even family. Those who operate on the mountain of media have the responsibility of reporting things truthfully, with accuracy and integrity. There was a time when the things that were communicated via newsprint, radio, and even television was trusted information.
In the technology driven age of information, there has become an increasing intermingling and overlap of agenda as information has become big business and whomever controls the information can greatly profit from it. This has caused many to compromise truth for sensationalism and evoking of intense or extreme emotional responses by those who hear, read or see it.
Just as Caleb, Joshua and the other ten were trusted to survey the land and bring back the report to Moses of what the land looked like, that God had promised them, the ten chose to bring a negative and fearful report. Joshua and Caleb brought back an honest report but could not convince the people against the negative report of the larger group of ten. With the negative reports out weighing the positive report from Joshua and Caleb, the people of Israel delayed their own entry into the Promised Land by 40 years and a whole generation, with the exception of Joshua, Caleb and the children of that generation were prevented from entering into it.
The lesson we can learn from this is that fear that is born of negative reporting can hinder God’s people from the very thing that God desires His people to walk in. It was true that the land was already inhabited. It was also true that there were giants in the land. It was even true that the people in the land saw them as grasshoppers. The problem was not that the information was false, but it was reported without the balance of the truth that the Israelites served and worshiped an almighty and living God who was able to deliver them into that fruitful land.
Had the other ten sided with Caleb and Joshua that they could be victorious in spite of what they saw, God would have not only allowed them to enter the land in a few days as opposed to forty years later, all of them would have entered and partaken of the fruitful inheritance God had promised them.
Our words have the power to either instill fear that God is not able or faith that with God nothing is impossible. The mountain of media is in serious need of an overhaul of faith-filled people who will report truth with hope and positively. Reporting positively does not mean sugar coating or ignoring things that may appear as bad news, such as national disasters or when bad things happen. It means that in spite of those bad circumstances, you are reporting with hope and looking for the good that may be not so easy to see.
When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, he interpreted it with a hopeful solution. Those who are called to the mountain of media need to be able to find the hopeful solution or good news even in the bad news. What good does it do to report new that does nothing but depress, distress, and paralyzes the community?
It’s true that there is life and death in the power of the tongue, and this is a season in which God is in need of those who will ascend the mountain of media with truth, hope and positivism. When you can report with this emphasis you open people’s minds and heart to their potential, not rob them of it, and that is the power of your words.
QUESTION: In what ways do you see your words having an impact on the mountain of media?
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