Midweek Service – “The Youth Music and Movies” BY Elder Emmanuel K. Boate

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“BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WATCH BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY CRAFTED TO WORK ON YOUR MIND.”

“BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU LISTEN TO. SONGS ARE NOT JUST WRITTEN. THEY CARRY POWER”

These two statements could make as the pivot around which Wednesday’s midweek service revolved. The date was 30th March 2017 and service happened at the PENSA Building Site.

We were blessed and enlightened by the ministration of Elder Emmanuel K. Boate, the current managing director of PENT TV and an alumnus of PENSA KNUST.  His references were: Ephesians 6:12, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:18-19 and 2 Peter 1:3.

He began by explaining “western hegemony” and “cultural imperialism.” Western hegemony is a preponderant influence over the socio-cultural, economic, ideological influence exerted by a dominant force. This has been impressed through movies and music. Cultural imperialism is the domination of one culture over another by deliberate policy, economic or technological superiority. It could take an active formal policy face.

Spiritual warfare is a battle for the mind. Africa has lost its identity through copying, wanting to look like movie and music icons.  Movies are not produced just for producing sake but to enforce an idea. There is a reason behind every Hollywood, Bollywood and whichever “wood” movie to reinforce a certain perspective. Movies like Rambo, Commando reinforce that America is a perpetual power.

Show down in Tokyo propagates that a small country like China can beat America. Currently movies like Olympus has fallen and London has fallen creates the notion that America is superior in spite of world crisis and terrorism.

The most sold commodity today is SEX. So movies are produced to create lustful passions. Inscriptions on blouses like “horny”, clothes deliberately provoke sexual desires. For instance, the movie series Scandal teaches loose morals that it’s good to be the “mistress” of a wealthy married man. Kumawood teaches it’s good to insult.

Nigerian movies at a point were dominated by spiritism and ocultism which culminated into “SAKAWA”. Watch what you watch carefully because they have been deliberately crafted to work on the mind. Movies provoke emotions in us; sympathizing with characters, wanting to cause physical harm when angry, dressing indecently, and the like.

Wanting to beat someone in a movie and addressing movie characters in real life is sheer madness. This has graduated to a point where when a Christian is facing a battle-of-the-mind challenge. Because Olivia Pope in Scandal says “I’ll fix it”, the youth have forgotten to turn to the scriptures and rather want to fix things themselves.

What do you listen to? Ephesians 5:18 talks about drinking excess wine. “Wine” here is symbolic, meaning unprofitable things.  Fill yourself with the Holy Spirit. What you listen to influences your thinking.  Music carries power, they are not just written. Spirits move through tunes so watch your music.

Some songs create negative urges; to commit suicide, to cry unnecessarily, getting angry, to smoke and more. Listen to spiritual songs. Just don’t sing any song unless the song must ministers to you. The Gospel songs must edify you, celebrate the Lordship of Jesus. An example is Eugene Zuta songs. Feed yourself with positive songs. God does not bless you to mock others. Thus, sarcastic music shrouded in Christianity is no gospel at all. Songs like Asondwe a menya and Jesus you are my solid rock edify.

From his personal encounters, the speaker spoke of his fascination with Lord Kenya’s songs in Prempeh College and the lustful urge it created in him. Also, he spoke of a mate in Unity Hall who will broadcast pornography through his loud speakers.

Irrespective of who you are, movies and music could cultivate bad habits in you. So work on your mind so what you see and hear does not take root in your mind. Bible says we have been given all things pertaining to life and godliness. You have a choice make the right one. And remember to watch what you see and hear for the battlefield is the MIND.  God bless you.

PS: Visit the PENSA website to download COP songs.

[Written by the Excerpt Crew (Editorial Committee)]

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