We become what we worship

“What people revere, they resemble, either for ruin or for restoration. Not that people literally become the idols they worship or become the God they worship, but they become like the idols or like God.
…For example, many Christians watch television, and many watch it when they want to sit back and relax and not have to use their minds much. This can certainly be a form of relaxation, but it can also become an uncritical openness to the media’s worldview. Subtly, unconsciously, we absorb this worldview by a kind of mental osmosis. And what is the typical TV worldview? It is a worldview with little to no awareness of, or sensitivity to, God’s working in everyday life, in the details of our life.
This absence of God in mainstream media should alert us to the fact that when we uncritically leave ourselves open to the perspective of the media’s worldview, then, slowly but surely, it leads us to cease thinking of the things of the Lord in the details of our everyday life…. I would dare say that many Christians have been more influenced by the media than they would admit. The media’s worldview has subtly become an idol we easily reflect. And that mindset…can destroy us. What we revere we resemble, either for ruin or restoration.
… And so Lord, cause us to revere you so we resemble you and are blessed and restored to you, and conformed more into the image of Christ and not ruined …”
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:29)
-Greg Beale

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