After taking a break from blogging to work on a major writing project, I’ve decided to step away from media analysis. There’s just too many lies and slanted verbiage out there to discuss and it kind of bums me out.
Parting Thoughts on the Media
We should all realize that much of what is stated by the mainstream media is left-leaning, Democrat-supporting, and Republican- and right-bashing propaganda. To do our due diligence, we must seek out varied sources, and with objectivity, ponder views that differ from our own. Mindlessly uploading at the trough of major news networks places our brains in atrophy. Absorbing the news without discernment or introspection is about as intellectually stimulating as watching a TV sitcom.
Putting on the Armor of God
An interesting thing came up in our Bible Study last night. We’re currently in 1 Thessalonians.
Paul had written 1 Thess., his first epistle (letter), about a decade before Ephesians. Remember, Ephesians 6 is the ‘armor of God’ stuff. And, in 1 Thess. 5:8 he mentions the beginnings of that armor. “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” We thought that it was interesting that God planted that seed in Paul. He explains the armor of God in detail in Eph. 6 10:18, while he was in prison, presumably looking at a Roman soldier for inspiration.
I looked up the places in Scripture mentioned the armor of God, and it appears in the following areas:
- Ephesians 6:10-18
- 1 Thes. 5:8
- Romans 13:12
- Isaiah 59:17
All versions NIV
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance
and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
Of course, we need to remember that living out a Christian life is the most important aspect. We go to war daily with the enemy, but ours is not a hostile or war-like existence, it’s to a live a life subject to the commands of Jesus.