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UCC Media Justice Update

Media Violence Fast Reflection

As part of this week's media violence fast, we are sharing a few reflections for our participants to enhance the meaning during the week.  Don't forget to also take a look at our resources page

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." --Philippians 4:8

According to the book of Proverbs, "...as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." According to the health conscious, "You are what you eat." And, according to many motivational speakers, "You only get out of life that which you put into it." No matter who the source is, the message is basically the same. Whatever you surround yourself with and devote your time to essentially speaks volumes as to what you become.

If we are surrounded by hatred, we learn to hate. If we are surrounded by love, we learn to love. We are admonished in scripture to think on things that are pure, lovely, good, excellent and worthy of praise. While stories and games that include violence are not always a problem, it is useful to spend some time away from them so that we can consider more deeply what impact violent media has on us.

Gracious God, renew our hearts and mind that we may focus our time and our thoughts on the more positive, beautiful aspects of life. Teach us the truth, let us model for others the kind of people that we want to be.  Empower us to exemplify your loving kindness, so that we may spread your message of love to all whose paths we cross.

-- UCC's media justice ministry, OC Inc.

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