Hearing Voices?

For those old enough to remember the early 90’s, The Arsenio Hall Show was ground breaking entertainment. It was the first time America tuned in to see a young, African-American, late night talk show host.Arsenio Hall almost single handedly introduced the nation to the young urban culture, in a fresh, non threatening way. After 19 years away, Arsenio returned to late night this week. As I watched, I could help but to feel nostalgic, but at the same time, a little disappointed in his return. Now in his 50’s, he no longer represents the voice of the urban youth, and the show (so far) seems to be less cool and rather “safe”. Since Arsenio left, we’ve had Chris Rock, Jimmy Falon, George Lopez, and Jimmy Kimmel, who have all pushed the late night envelope. Not to mention the smart edgy humor shows like the Daily Show with John Stewart and Totally Biased with Kamal Bell.
This got me to thinking about how our world has changed and how we are entertained. Long gone are the days when people had to be accomplished actors, athletes, or musicians in order to become famous. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Vine, and (quite frankly) reality TV, makes celebrities out of the average Joe. No longer do we even have to wait to get home to enjoy “must see TV”. Technology has given us the capabilities to be constantly entertained, and boy is it cool!
But, here’s the down side …
Our heads become filled voices. Because there is so much offered, across so many different mediums, there are so many voices sharing so many views. It’s almost as if everyone with an opinion, now has a platform (Thanks Zuckerberg!). With so many contrasting views, it’s no wonder people are depressed. It’s no wonder why so many others are anxious. But there comes a time when you will just have to say, “Enough is enough”, and stop listening to the voices that our culture have put in your head.
If you listen to those voices, you will be fooled into thinking that youth, health, wealth, and status are the keys to happiness. If you listen to those voices, you’ll  live you your life going after things, and  left feeling empty. If you listen to those  voices, you will be forced to look around you to figure out how you’re doing, comparing your stuff with someone else’s. If you listen to those voices, it will eventually drive you crazy; because those voices aren’t shutting up anytime soon.
If you are looking for deep joy, and unending peace, you have to be careful of the voices you listen to.  Just take Jesus’ advice: “He who has ears, let him hear (what God has to say).” Matthew 11:15 (New American Standard Bible)

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