We live in a consumer culture, we take so much more than we receive. In fact, we have such a wealth of consumables that we tend to think very little of what we take in. I’m thinking in particular about the modern connected world, where news and views, opinions and art are all freely available in such quantity that we become almost numb to what we receive.
For the believing Christian it’s not just the quantity of the content that is the problem, it is the source of it: this present world is the source of most of the information and entertainment that we consume, and this present world is diametrically opposed to the Christian faith.
What do we do? We pray with the psalmist:
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18 NIB)
And, as we pray, we seek with all our hearts, and by His grace to consume only that which is edifying to us, and pleasing and glorifying to God.