Finally, brothers, whatever is true; whatever is noble; whatever is right; whatever is pure; whatever is lovely’ whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
This week, on a popular American news show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-hostess and regular, Mika Brzezinski, made a statement that seemingly passed without anyone raising an eyebrow. As part of a panel discussing—who else—President Donald Trump and his “attempt to undermine the media”, Ms. Brzezinski sounded the alarm. Speaking for her partners in the press, she said, “Our job is to control exactly what people think.” She and her ilk consider themselves the people’s “thought masters”.
Weekday mornings, in about a million homes across the U.S., people are getting ready for the day by switching on the TV. They want to see a familiar, trusted face, informing them of the latest developments. There to plant the thoughts that folks will take into the market place of ideas is Ms. Brzezinski along with her circle of friends.
They talk as if they are at war with Hitler or Mussolini. “Opposition has to be defeated.” They alone deserve the title of thought master. They alone are qualified to censor what you might hear? They are entitled to mold and shape public opinion. Filthy discourse, threats, lies, slander or physical harm; if the target rejects their ideas, then the consequences are fully warranted. Have we ever wondered who is the thought master of this group?
Yield to these thought masters and what happens? Prophecy tells us in Matthew 24:9-13, Romans 1:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, Revelation 9:20-21, et al.
Sundays, millions enter the church sanctuary to tune into the person in the pulpit. It is a familiar voice. The speaker’s job is to feed the minds and souls of the people, planting “the good seed” and censoring what they consider “harmful” ideas. This may be beneficial–or maybe not.
Before the day begins in homes around the globe, others are preparing. At their favorite sitting place, they open the Bible and resume where they left off. Closing the Scriptures, they pause and meditate on its life-giving message. Next, they write in a journal what soaked in. They note how they want to apply what the Spirit planted. Later, they take this good seed into their world, praying for an opportunity to share. They have one thought master—God’s unfiltered and pure Word. This counter-force to the thought police are regarded as enemies of the state.
Does that help explain the divide and rhetoric common to our times? The battlefield is the mind. Our weapon is the two-edged sword of truth. Whose side might you be on? Who or what masters your thoughts?
But as for you, continue in what you learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15)