Hey everyone! It’s Mercedes from Transform Media, hope it’s been a good week for you all, I don’t know about you but I love the weekend! Sleeping in, and I get to write reviews so I am super excited!
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So to hop on into what I would like to talk about today...there’s been some controversy surrounding the christian media field recently and I felt as someone in the christian media field, I wanted to address it.
the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief
That’s the dictionary definition for apostasy and it’s pretty clear what it means. Recently, Marty Sampson (Hillsong member) and Josh Harris (author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye) have renounced their faith and it’s heartbreaking. In this day and age, there are a lot of christian artists, actors, authors, and many more professions that are idolized in a way. Here’s an example: let’s say there’s a young singer who releases a song that is deep, profound, and speaks about God in a good way. That’s amazing and I fully support that but then because of that they become idolized because christians all over are like “wow, that artist is so super christian and oh well now I found my new favorite artist!” and look up to them, putting an overwhelming amount of pressure on them to always be the quote on quote “perfect” christian in everything they do. When that starts to happen is where, I believe, the apostasy comes into play because of all that pressure in the limelight to be perfect, it becomes a list of rules and expectations for them instead of following the One True King, which is what it should be. This applies to pastors/ youth leaders as well...anyone we listen to...one good example/sermon/song/lyric does not establish a strong disciple of Christ...it doesn’t all of a sudden mean they have all the understanding. You have to test everything you hear with the Word of Christ to make sure it’s accurate. These people aren’t all knowing, and we can’t just leave it up to everybody else. While these people are great and selected by God to do what they are doing, it is our responsibility to discern what is true. Acts 17:11 gives some great advice to back up what I’m saying here talking about the Jews reading the scriptures to make sure what Paul was saying was the truth. Even one of the most devout followers of Christ had to be fact checked with the scriptures...we can’t just go on what other people say. We have to put in the work to figure the truth out. John Cooper of Skillet spoke out on this same issue not too long ago and his words were spot on. To read that article, click here.
Student studying Public Relations and Social Media as well as acting as much as possible with hopes to work at a Christian media company when graduated.