"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world,but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
Being 'unplugged' isn't just about media.
It's about every aspect of life. We need to question every little part of our culture and put it to test against biblical principles and God's standards. As a family we are desperately seeking this full, rich, Christ-led life.
I think media can and is being used in powerful ways to create waves of good in our world. I do, however, think it needs to be closely monitored and challenged. Especially by those of us who want to live our lives on purpose.
Unplugging to me means daring to pull the connector to this 'world' and cling to something completely counter-cultural. To say, "As for me and my family, we will server the Lord... we will stay close to Jesus and His views on how we should live in 2016 and all our days..."
For our family, Unplugging isn't just about all the things we don't do, watch, buy. It's about all the things we GAIN because we are not consumed by culture.
For a long time, I had a piece of paper with the verse, "I will set before my eyes no vile thing" on the screens in our home.
We've since tossed those screens. Now, we strive to use Philippians 4:8 as a marker for the kind of media, culture, and life we bring into our home -
"Finally, brothers (and sisters), 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."
Our world and the current culture just don't reflect the heart of God at large. So, we choose to unplug from what the 'world' thinks as best we can... even if it means we're very different from the majority. It's okay. We've learned to get used to it. And we've come to learn, there are lots of you out there just like us. *wink*