I had the opportunity recently to review the documentary produced by MediaTalk101 (www.CaptivatedTheMovie.com). So I received a copy of the Captivated DVD; I admit I was excited but my husband was less than thrilled with the idea of watching it with me. Regardless we watched it together, as a family. Keep in mind, when watching these things, we must come with an open mind. This is a challenging video to watch; it is very detailed and heavy with statistics and data. And scripture too!
“Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by screens. Have we entered a Techno utopia or a virtual prison?” Producer and co-director, Phillip Telfer, asks this and other pertinent questions in the new documentary “Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture”. This documentary dares to explore the darker side, of technology. You can purchase a copy of the DVD for $16.95, free shipping! If you order two right now you can get the second for only $5.00 – pass it on 🙂 And while I did not have the opportunity to use it, they have a really neat sounding group study guide you can purchase to go along with the film.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
For as long as I can remember, growing up, we did not own a television. As an adult I did not own a television. And it was by choice. Until my husband came along 🙂 I have always been rather wary of modern media myself. On the other hand, there is my husband who sees so very many benefits in technology, especially for children, today. *we are a bit opposed on this one* haha In fact, he and I had very opposing views regarding this documentary. He has the fondest memories of watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. Sporting event, movies and video games (he remembers playing Pac-Man and Donkey Kong). He does love his toys as do our boys.
Currently we are raising three children, home educating, and certainly, as the days progress, this is an issue that we need to consider, on both sides, seriously for our families and our faith. Our children sat with us during this video, it is approved for all ages, but for younger kids, like ours, it is not so very captivating. haha (I do see many benefits in having our young adults watch this though!)
There were many “testimonials” throughout. Individuals speaking of their need for media; their inability to break away from it. One father spoke of his daughter, never getting good sleep, because of her need “to be available”, texting throughout the nights. Some of this, I fear, made me think of how great a need there is for us to really step up as parents today. We need to teach our children the appropriate times and amounts, of use, when it comes to these things. How often do we see adults glued to their screens? What influence is that to our children who look to us, as their example? Where is our focus? Today’s media influences us, our behavior, our attitude, how we think, without a doubt but as my husband says … This goes both ways.
One family spoke of their experience on a “media fast” for a month and how greatly it impacted their family life, their relationships, and their faith.Too many are desensitized to what we see; we are too influenced by the world we live in. Do we recognize how far from Him we are? Media is so empty, it is not set on Him but on moving us further from Him. Our children see how the value we place upon it. When we turn the television on, when we enslave ourselves to our smartphones, computers and tablets – what are we teaching them? When we allow them to become enslaved to them? We must forsake everything if we seek to be His. For children especially, it is addictive. And it only fills for a moment, before they need to seek the next and the next.
I do love how the Lord is woven into this. So much scripture throughout to confirm, I believe, the danger within the media today. It shows how powerful the media can be and how much power comes from limiting our diet; turning it off. We often turn off our electronics. Consider how throughout the Bible the message is woven within, we need to make wise choices. There is life and there is death; it is determined by the choices we make and what we put into our hearts and our minds. Not just the amount but the quality of what is being consumed. We are called to “guard our hearts” and those of our children. We must be ever more discerning as the body of Christ. Let us honour Him with the choices we make.
They ask the question: “Can you really call yourself a Christian and yet partake in things which we know glorify that which He calls wicked? Violence, sexually explicit, vulgar language….” This speaks to how important it is for us to give Him every part of our life; to take into captivity every breath we have in our life, for Christ. We cannot be conformed to this world and the culture around us, as believers, we must strive ever more to be salt and light in the world.
What is our worldview? Let us be “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5). If we seek to see the world “through the spectacles of scripture” imagine the difference that can be made. Let us put on the armor of God and be shaped, molded, by His word. If we use the Bible, it will transform this world and help us to navigate and see, teach and share His truth, with those so in need of freedom.
This documentary is a production of the non-profit organization Media Talk 101, founded by Phillip Telfer. Phillip wrote, produced, and co-directed the documentary with the help of award winning director, Colin Gunn.
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