Biblical Teaching: How Media, Money and Ministry can Distract Us from God

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Biblical Teaching: How Media, Money and Ministry can Distract Us from God

Do you get distracted by media? Your phone, iPad, TV or even magazines and billboards can all be very distracting. Media is intoxicating, but we’re bombarded by media messages that distract us from biblical values, from truth, and from God. The media is devaluing the family unit and accepting sinful behavior as normal. Many are being slowly poisoned by it.

The media subliminally tells us what’s right and what’s wrong, but the Bible must be the judge. We can’t allow the Enemy to use the media to slowly pull us away from God. What are some other things that distract us from God, things that interfere with our walk with God?

Next, is money a distraction for you? Why do you suppose that Jesus talks about money so often in parables? Money is an attraction that can easily become a dangerous distraction. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us our hearts are going to follow our treasure. In verse 24 he says, “No man can serve two masters, because either he’ll hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. You can’t serve God and mammon.” Mammona is a Greek word for wealth or riches, and it carries the idea of idolizing money.

In Mark 10, we see that money distracted the rich young ruler from God. Jesus said, “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Why? Because money can distract us from God.

Finally, let’s talk about ministry. Ministry can be a distraction from God. Serving, going to church, and even the pastor himself can be distractions, because serving can become an end in itself. Serving can become more important than spending time with God.

Remember Mary and Martha? In Luke 10, Jesus reminded Martha, who was anxious and troubled about serving and running around, that Mary had chosen the better action, quieting herself at Jesus’ feet and listening to him. Now serving has its place, but if we serve with the wrong motives, then serving can be a dangerous distraction. In the same vein, church can be a distraction, because many people pursue church without pursuing God. We also can become more dependent upon our pastor than we are on God.

Media, money and ministry are just three things that can distract us from fully and regularly seeking God and his Word. Let’s be alert and prayerful this week, and watch how media, money and ministry impact your walk with Christ – for better or worse. If you need to, ask a close friend or mentor to help you see what things you might be attracted to, that are distracting you from God.

Check out an earlier post by Fred here. 

About The Author
Fred Gladney
Fred Gladney
Hello friends, I'm Fred Gladney. After years in the tech world, I now own Trinity Consulting, a sales and management consulting firm specializing in the assessment and optimization of sales organizational structures. I have a B.S. in Math from California University of Pennsylvania and has participated in management development programs at Harvard and Princeton Universities through IBM. In addition to serving on the board at Trochia Ministries, I'm on the board of Far East Broadcasting Company, a non-denominational international Christian radio network. I'm active in my church as an Associate Elder, Bible teacher and lay leader. I live in Southern California with my beautiful family and enjoy podcasting for Trochia in my free time.
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  • Felisa Sarino Asis
    February 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

    TRUE!!

  • Scarlett Hutchinson
    February 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

    YRUE

  • Kathy Snider Schairer
    February 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This is so true!

  • Dave Holcomb
    February 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Almost every day.

  • Joyce Thacker Mitchell
    February 14, 2014 at 6:33 am

    AMEN

  • Linda Dixon
    February 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    What is going on in the world “in the media” can really take a lot of a person’s time (if you don’t be careful). I mean it is understandable to want to know what is going on in the world … so you can try to keep up on PRAYING. But what is going on now can be overwhelming. I try to just keep remembering lately, that God sees it all, and in HIS timing He is going to deal with it ALL. He sees all … He knows all … and my place is just to keep looking to Him, and pray for all I know and love, (and myself). World events can make you feel pretty down sometimes. I really feel sorry for Israel. That has got to be tough how they have to live – knowing the commments of Iran, when their leader has said Israel should be “wiped off the map” – No one should have to live like that. But God is watching … and He will help them when the time is there. May God Bless and help Israel. All they want to do is live in their home land like everyone else. May God help them.

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