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Thursday, September 3, 2015

You Are What You Read

The following is a guest post by Christian novelist Jason McIntire. His new release, Flight School, is available this week from Amazon. It's a sequel to The Sparrow Found A House, a story of conflict and transformation in a newly homeschooling family.

Americans are mostly made of corn. And no, this isn't a joke told in snooty European salons; it's a fact of science. We in the US eat an unimaginable amount of corn in every form. It's found by the bushel in our oh-so-unhealthy sodas (which are usually sweetened with corn syrup), in most prepared foods and packaged desserts, and even in our beef, which is fattened with the stuff while on the hoof.
Since the body is made of the food it consumes, Americans are indeed - in coldly physical terms - mostly made of corn. It's a wonder, really, that we don't all get yellow ears in the fall.

What food is to the body, ideas are to the mind. Your thinking and opinions did not arise from the recesses of your DNA. Anything you know or believe, you learned at some point - from others, from your life experience, or from things you've read and watched.

In Philippians 4:8, God's Word tells us to think about things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, well-reputed, virtuous, and praiseworthy. That's tough to do if we read and watch things that are false, dishonorable, wicked, filthy, hideous, odious, vicious, and contemptible. And yet, how long can you run a TV or read an average novel without encountering something in one of those categories?
It would be nice if we Christians could all put on white robes, check out of the world, and declare the problem solved - but of course we can't do that. We can, however, be as careful and intentional about our media as we are about our food. One goes into the mind just as the other goes into the mouth. Of the two, that which enters the mind has the deeper and longer-term effect.

If your body is what you eat, your mind is what you watch, listen to, and read. It's wise to check the nutrition facts before digging in.

A 2005 homeschool graduate and partner in family business ventures, Jason McIntire writes as a hobby. His Christian stories are built around solidly biblical ideas, but packaged in his own light-hearted, often humorous style.

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