Thursday, 6 December 2012

Small screen-big impact

At our church we have had a Sunday evening series looking at the influence of the small screen on our culture. Whether it be costume drama, talent shows or the presentation of the news on the TV, or gaming and pornography on the internet. About all of these areas, except internet pornography, we have been able to say much that is positive. Whether it be the creativity or giftedness of human beings-made in the image of a generous creator God, or that sense of story that is built deep within us for meaning and purpose, which so many of the costume drams bring out. Yes there is also exploitation, and time wasting and the banality of celebrity, but I've been surprised by how much we have been able to celebrate about TV and the internet.

Internet pornography is a completely different story. It fell to me to speak to the issue. I didn't attempt a seminar, not engage in a diatribe. What I did attempt was to acknowledge just how pervasive and enslaving internet pornography is and how sad to is to see so many children ensnared by it, both by watching it and also being forced to be involved in it.

I built my talk around the Thomas Chalmers idea of the 'expulsive power of a new affection'. Since all the studies show that many pastors and Christian lay folk are watching some  pornography, I felt it right to focus upon the positive immensity of the love of God, as described by Paul in his amazing prayer to the Ephesians chapter 3

Take a listen to my attempt  here if you would like. And do catch the other talks here.

I'm glad to know that there is a good deal of help available. Check out www.xxxchurch.com or www.safermedia.org.uk or www.safetynet.org.uk.
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