What Shapes Culture Is People (and why that’s important)


Hey everyone!  Doing well?

I hope so- because I am shaking scared right now.  Fear has kept me from saying what I think. What I am about to say is not an easy topic.

But I have to say it. Even if I’m in no way qualified to say it.

You don’t have to agree, but I hope what I will say will make you stop and think.

There’s something I’ve noticed over the years. And that is culture -people-  are heavily influenced by media. The right ways to be healthy, smart,  to live, practically everything from A to Z is touched somewhat by media, by the internet, by what we see on our screens and hear. Whatever shows up on the media, people are quick to believe. And repeat. And follow. That’s how media works. That’s how culture works.

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And the people who run the media, the books, the TV shows, what people see online, those people have a big say on culture. They stress equality for all, and promote tolerance and acceptance for everyone. That’s a huge power. And it can do great things. It can break down barriers.

But it can also blur lines.


In recent times, there has been a big push for the mentality that you should do what’s true for you, and that anyone can be what they want to be. In a lot of ways, the latter’s true. Both guys and girls can do tons of jobs, and equally do well. In a lot of ways, the former has problems. If truth is up to you, then what defines truth?

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Putting that aside, the mentality of “be what you want to be” has begun to mean more that just that. Today, you can literally be who you want to be. How you identify is a thing now. And that’s begun to be given the spotlight in our media, it’s begun to be big, it’s in our books, and on our TV shows, and is everywhere on the internet. We hear it over

and over

and over

and over

and over

and over

and over.

You probably got tired of all those overs, didn’t you?

Well, I am. This “be what you wanna be” thing is everywhere. It’s one thing to talk about it on the news, or write about it, it’s another when it’s so present, like the goal is to get you to accept this. In some cases it has gone to the point of complete absurdity.

Am I mad that it’s everywhere? No. I’m mad that I’m expected to accept what the media shows as good.  It’s getting to where you can’t change the channel if you don’t like what’s on. Culture seems to be mad at Christians for not agreeing, for being different. . We don’t like what’s being shown, and they’re mad at us for it, calling us close-minded and judgemental.  

Well, we were never supposed to be part of this world, or its culture.

So am I one of those people who go around yelling, ” YOU’RE WICKED AND YOU’RE GONNA BURN” wherever I go? (Believe it or not, people who sadly call themselves Christian have said things to this extreme.) Is this why I’m making this post? NO! God hasn’t called Christians to go around saying things like that, and it’s just plain hurtful. We believe His Word that He made man and woman, and that’s it. Does that mean we stone or hate people who think differently? NO!

Why I’m making this post? Because I am not gonna stand by and watch idly as our culture demands that we accept what they promote as truth, even if the definition of truth isn’t a priority for them, and then they’ll get mad at Christians for being “preachy”.

What shapes people’s minds is culture. What shapes culture is media. And what shapes media is people. People shape people’s minds. People shape people. It’s only a matter of time before the things we deem wrong today will be applauded later on.

   Because we tolerate all, Christians have a right to say their thoughts too, am I right? Or does that not apply to certain people? Who decides that, and how do we know they’re judging fairly what should be in the media and what should not? Is there a line? And is that line blurred? And probably right now, you’re thinking that I don’t know what I’m saying. Whether or not you agree-

Those are my thoughts.

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This was what I was thinking about it, and Enni, an amazing insightful blogger, has also talked about this here. Go check it out! And if you agree or disagree, I’d still like to know what you think in the comments below. 🙂


5 thoughts on “What Shapes Culture Is People (and why that’s important)

  1. This is a very wise post, Jo. I’m so glad you’re aware of the lies and falsity that the media is based upon, because far too many people base how they see themselves, what they do, etc. based on what they see virtual people “doing.” I’ve had to remind myself, time and time again, that I can’t take nearly everything I see online at face value – we never have any idea what’s truly going on behind the screens for these people (especially popular ones!). Most of the lives others live online is what they WISH they were, what they’re PRETENDING to be. The only way for us to truly live is by basing how we live, view ourselves, and our God-given purpose on His Word and what He puts on our hearts. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. I’m so proud of you for posting this, Jo…but this needs to be said. There’s no “qualified” to say it, we all have to say it. 🙂 But, this was a beautiful post and I hope that many read this and are inspired by it. ❤

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  3. *applauds*
    Jo, this needed to be said. I don’t care about qualifications. The media does have sort of double standard – on one hand encouraging us to be what we want, and on the other saying that we don’t actually want to be Christians. HYPOCRITES. I know what I want, and by golly I’m gonna be what I want. *snorts*
    I’m so proud of you and admiring your courage for speaking your mind.

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