Our God is a free God, all-powerful and able to carry out His will. He is not an idol who obeys human creators. In his freedom he has bound himself into a covenant with all his creatures, and particularly to those he created a people at Sinai. He does not wait on us to discover him; it is for us to wait on him, not because he needs our obeisance, but because he loves us. God comes and gets us, or rather he comes and offers his providence, and ultimately his own self to us, tangibly, in the shape of his son Jesus Christ, the first man and the true type of which all we are the antitypes.
Authentic human being is a life hidden in God with Christ (Colossians 3:3), in glorious freedom from cultural definitions, whether these are imposed upon us by career, gender, social standing, education, or tastes in material things. Our true life will be revealed in God’s good time. Meanwhile, God’s freedom is the guarantor of our freedom from the oppressions and obsessions of this world, which is the theatre for the working-out of God’s covenant with us, but not a permanent home.
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A recent post touched upon the power of television
advertising. The industry analyzes and divides viewers into demographic
categories based on age, race, economic class, gender, and more. People think
the entertainment is the product, and the ads are only momentary annoyances.
The fact is, the viewers are the product, and there is not a moment when the
tube is not selling. The viewers are not free; they are products created by
media so that their attention, the time in their lives, can be subdivided and
sold for money to advertisers. The genius of our culture is this: Market trumps
everything. Market absorbs everything. Market turns everything to Market’s use.
Market defines us to ourselves in lockstep with what we buy. Some of the
dynamics behind this are technological. After all, we still do not have a very
good understanding of the effects of television in our culture. We are just now
able to look back the length of a generation.
The personal-psychological cost of this transaction—or to say
it straight out, its spiritually destructive effect—is hidden from view. It
takes its toll from all of us whether we watch or not. Whatever is broadcast
becomes the reality, and whoever does not see him or herself there is lost to
view, in effect dehumanized.
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