Christians and the Media: Part 1 of 4 (Education and Current Events) – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.
I want to introduce each part of this series with these three ideas for parents and teachers . . .
- Listen. Find out what movies, music, and TV your teens are consuming. Position yourself first as an information gatherer, not just as a censor. Become familiar with their media choices.
- Analyze. Ask yourself, “Why do these have appeal?” “What questions do these media address that are really important to my teens?”
- Challenge. Demonstrate that the Bible discusses the very topics that their favorite songs, movies and TV programs address. Help your students compare and contrast the biblical and media views.
Name as many foreign countries in Asia, Africa and South America as you can. Name as many top leaders (presidents, prime ministers, etc. ) of foreign countries as you can. Name countries where American troops are currently deployed. Name as many of your national, state, district and local government officials as you can. Some Christians may look at these questions and say, “So what? Does it really matter? Isn’t knowing Christ the only thing of real importance?”
In years past it has been said that an effective disciple of Christ holds a Bible in one hand and today’s newspaper in the other. Wise use of educational and news media can strengthen our influence for Christ, help us understand how to live in this world as believers and aid us as we set our priorities.
While only Jesus can save, it is important for Christians to know what going on in their world. These research/study questions will help us clarify why we need to be aware of current events and have a good grasp of general knowledge.
Education empowers us as we engage the world.
- Have you ever heard the saying, “knowledge is power”? What does it mean to you? What might Moses have said about that saying (Acts 7:22)?
- Read 1 Kings 4:29 – 34 and Daniel 1:3, 4, 18 – 20. What “textbooks and news media” of their day did Solomon and Daniel study? What were some of the results?
Knowing our world allows us to live in it wisely.
- They say that “times change”. What does that mean? Do you agree or disagree? How do you think King David’s military advisers from Issachar would have responded to those same questions (1 Chronicles 12:23, 32)? What is the value of understanding the times?
- Solomon essentially repeated himself in Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 15:22. Why do you think those words were important to him in his position and in his day? Why do you think they are important to those who want to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world of the 21st century?
Hearing different viewpoints allows us to clarify our beliefs.
- What are some different ways in which people respond to new knowledge? How might people today finish the following sentence in two totally opposite ways? “If it is new information, it must be ________________ .” How does the principle found in 1 Thessalonians 5:20 – 22 keep Christians from falling into either extremes?
- What do you think is meant by the phrase “itching ears” in 2 Timothy 4:3? Read 1 Kings 12:1 – 10. Do you think Rehoboam really sought to learn, or was he just “itching” to hear a certain point of view? Defend your answer.