Power Tools of Influence – Part 2

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Guidelines to help you to analyze the impact of movies and electronic media on your life.

Modern electronic media can be described as the power tools of influence. Below are some things to consider as you and your children interact with our culture in the arena of entertainment. As Christians we must always ask ourselves, “How have I been influenced?” When you watch a movie you are in close company with people who are specialists in the field of influence. When you watch a movie you enter a world where skilled professionals excel at manipulating thoughts and emotions. If you do not guard your heart diligently when viewing movies, you make yourself vulnerable to those who are masters of influence. You are, in effect, giving people with immense manipulative power a front row seat into the theater of your mind and your heart. Remember, bad company corrupts good character! (I Corinthians 15:33)

Here are a few questions and guidelines to help you to analyze the impact of movies and electronic media on your life. These guidelines are not exhaustive, just suggestive of how to begin thinking about the influence of electronic media.

What is the message, theme or main point of the movie?

How was this message most powerfully conveyed to you?

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