Who Are You Listening To?
There are many voices in 21st century America. We have more information at our fingertips than ever. And we are bombarded with more propaganda than ever.
There are two categories of information that we are exposed to: information we choose to digest (if you are reading this post, you are choosing to hear this information), and information that chooses us.
In this day and age, the information we choose determines the information that chooses us. We find our Facebook feeds and internet ads inundated with advertisements related to our web browsing. We choose knowledge, and that knowledge chooses us.
This is remarkable, but dangerous. This can play into the human tendency to hear only what we want to hear. As Americans, we choose our news outlets and read from tremendously partisan websites and blogs. David Bauder wonders if we are “constructing our own intellectual ghettos.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/divided-america-constructing-intellectual-ghettos-39894855)
As I reflected on this article, I wondered if this is more than a societal problem. I choose my music. I choose my books. I choose my websites and blogs. I can even choose from a litany of preachers online. All of this information can be liberating, but can it stunt my spiritual growth?
The question is simple: do I only listen to news I like? Will I seek advice that will challenge me, or only advice that will reinforce my selfishness? Will listen to my pastor as he challenges my flesh, or will I return to voices that tell me what I want to hear?
2 Timothy 4:3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
Is this now? Is this me?