Many of us have heard or read about the story of David in the bible. Sunday school or church or maybe any Christian gathering but if you have never, well I’ll try to fill you in. A lot is said about David and what he was in the bible, a few things and qualities of those were; he was strong (refer to the point where he killed the Lion, the bear and Goliath). David was wise, Had authority and was wealthy.
Now you might be wondering why am talking about David yet this blog is entitled media purity. Lets go; “Media is reffered to as the collective communication outlets or tools that are used to store and deliver information or data” ~ Wikipedia
Just to take you back to David, You must have heard or read about that particular story where David slept with a woman he had SEEN showering. Woman’s name: Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 11:1-5
The similarity of this story and media is that both involve “seeing” But even before the seeing we earlier notice in the story that King David was alone in his castle relaxing and resting and his men had gone for battle because it was a time of war. We know how the story finally ends he gets some. Yes that some!
A few aspects we should focus on when dealing with media purity;
Being alone; David stayed alone and sent the servants to battle. He was doing nothing just sleeping, (insert: Watching series, and movies alone) being alone in the house or somewhere can be tricky and tempting many times, you will agree with me (or not) that Most of the major decisions in life are done/signed while you are alone. This is because the time when you are alone your mind is so active. Always find something to keep you busy and active whenever you are alone. Make sure that it will be of benefit to you.
The other thing we see is that this happened in the afternoon (time). People had been active and doing stuff for the king, the king was sleeping and resting in his bed. Probably drinking. Who knows? Lets face it Temptations are very inevitable when you are idle.
Still in the very story we read that “David saw a woman bathing. The act of “seeing” here was not just a mere glance, but he saw and pondered on what he was seeing… Exactly! The bible does explain what he saw exactly, though it says the lady was showering and naked! The rest was oba censored but David saw.
Here is the thing when you see what should-have-been censored media content, be it a photo or a video or an article. What do you do in that moment? Do you only glance at it and scroll on or do you pause and ponder on that media content?
Remember your eyes are the windows to your soul, and what you feed your soul has a big impact on your character. (And don’t get me started about character.)
The other thing we notice is that David took a further step to inquire about the woman, and later she was brought to the palace. If we relate this to media. You might see something you shouldn’t have, which in turn will lead you to start pondering or meditating on it, what can I do to get that? how do I quench my thirst now? In search for answers and you go a head and look for answers from wherever you can. By everywhere I mean everywhere.
The final thing would be your body getting some action of what started as a mind game (soul game), though keep in mind this started with a glance/seeing of media content.
Am not saying media is bad, no. I spend 3/4 of my time everyday on media to be specific; social media. Of course when am awake! My whole point is that what content do you look out for or at? (you don’t have to answer that) Remember “Tiny drops of water make a big ocean”
I usually joke around and tell my friends, forget about the tree in the garden of Eden. That tree of good and evil now stands erect in this generation and it’s the internet. Most of the things we do and think might satisfy us, they are very things that leave us more empty. Anything that you do outside of God’s will for pleasure will always leave you empty. Be pure in body, mind and soul!
A lot more can be reflected on from that story. From different dimensions and angles, I couldn’t divulge it all. And as the baganda say ” A good dancer eventually leaves the floor”
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, what is noble, what is right, what is admirable, if anything is excellent and praiseworthy – think about such things” Philippians 4:8 NIV