Intentional Consumers

Today I’m reading about Jewish dietary laws in Deuteronomy 14:8 (NLT).

“And you may not eat the pig. It has split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is ceremonially unclean for you. You may not eat the meat of these animals or even touch their carcasses.”

The following is a “community note” in the YouVersion Bible which I think makes some good points about these laws. Not only were they designed for healthy living, they were also crafted for holy living. It may be ok for us as Christians to eat pork now, but we are still called to live out lives in ways that are “set apart” (holy) from the rest of the world.

“In the dietary laws we can find a pattern of behavior which will be healthful for our souls and spirits. We can choose to feed on the Word, Spirit and presence of God and thereby reap a harvest of emotional and spiritual health. We can live in constant awareness of God and His will for us in the moment or we can become enthralled with that which entertains the mind but starves the soul and spirit of that which will sustain us into eternity.”

Remember the root of “enthrall” is “thrall” which means “slave” in Greek. These instructions apply to us as we consume media as well as eat.

What does it mean to consume media today in ways that are “set apart” and holy for God? I know this begins with intentionality and an awareness of how elements in our media landscape (including some games as well as videos) draw our minds away from God instead of to Him.

I want to be a more intentional consumer, both of food and media. I pray God will give me a spirit of discernment to choose wisely.

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