Media and the Promotion of Feeling

media and the promotion of feeling

“If you follow your heart, you’ll go in the right direction.” Lies, LIES, LIES, LIES Did I mention LIES? “Follow, your heart,” is such a common statement in this day and age. At first, it may sound like a beautiful and inspirational saying, but when I’m done, cringing will be the best you can do for it.

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The media promotes the saying, big time. “If you just trust your feelings,” they say, “you’ll know what to do.” NO, YOU WON’T.

I see it constantly in movies, books, and TV shows, even if it isn’t directly stated. “Well, trust yourself. What do you want? What do you think is right?”

Burn that thought in the flames of your mind. Add tons of starter fluid for good measure. 😉 Watch it become ash. I’m trying to decide if I’m being too dramatic… but it’s a great picture so I’m keeping it in. 🙂 

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Let’s take a look at what the most amazing book on earth says:

Jeremiah 17:9 English Standard Version (ESV)

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?

See that? The Bible says the heart is sick and it lies. I wouldn’t want to trust or follow something that is evil and constantly lies to me. Would you?

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Here’s an example: Have you ever been angry at someone unjustly and been tempted to counter their argument with a snappy remark, a rude role of the eyes, or defiant push, etc. I have.

Why would it be so tempting if our heart always wanted to do the right thing? Surely none of those things would have made the situation any better or more right. But I bet it sure felt just “right” in the moment.

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The dictionary definition of temptation is literally: The desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.

Every single day we are tempted. Every single day we give into temptation. “Why heart? You are supposed to be good. Why do you desire to do what is wrong?”

Well, it’s because of the fall. Ever since Adam and Eve gave into temptation, we’ve been sinning since. If we follow our heart/what we feel, nothing is going to get better. We are saved from this if we are followers of Christ.

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Proverbs 3:5 English Standard Version (ESV)

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
  and do not lean on your own understanding.

We should NOT trust ourselves, but the Lord. God is pure and good. He is the one with a perfect heart, thus He is the one to guide us. If we lean on Him we won’t fall.

Romans 12:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

This world thinks “Following your heart,” will get you somewhere good, but it won’t. That quote itself is just a selfish temptation. Don’t fall into the trap.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

Soak your mind in God’s word, the Bible, then you will know what to do, and to do what is right. You’ll be ready for the trap before you even see it.

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Next time you are tempted, evaluate your feeling under the light of God’s word. Is your heart desiring what He wants? If not, burn that feeling in that mind fire we were talking about.

Let’s change that little saying, “If you follow your heart, you will be led down a terrible path of utter foolishness.” I like it much better now. 🙂

Have you heard the saying “Follow your heart?” Tell me in the comments! I love you all, and I hope you have a blessed day. Bye, for now, everyone. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Media and the Promotion of Feeling

  1. Okay, so I agree with you, BUT:
    – if your heart is with the Lord, following it is a good thing.
    – I don’t think that feelings should be discounted as reasoning tools. Feelings can be misleading, but they also are the things that drive compassion, forgiveness, humility, and love. It’s a cold world without feelings and heart. Sure, don’t let yourself get carried away, but don’t block out feelings altogether.
    – There’s also something to the fact that God does not speak to you through cold hard facts most of the time.
    – God created both feelings and thinking things through, and I think that a healthy balance of both is the best – not one, not the other. 🙂
    But excellent post and thank you for being brave enough to address something like this!

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    1. YES! Thank you. I completely agree with all your statements. I’m not so much talking about feelings not being legitimate, but how we are born with a heart that is evil, and yes, if we have the holy spirit then we should listen to him, but even as Christians we are still sinful with sinful desires at times and we need to re-shift our focus on the Lord. Thank you so much for voicing those, though! I don’t want anyone to be confused. This was probably my most daring post yet.

      -Jewel

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  2. *applauds loudly* THAT WAS AMAZING, JEWEL! The phrase “follow your heart” is one of my pet peeves for the exact reasons that you mentioned – if I followed my heart, I wouldn’t end up anywhere I should be going. I LOVE how you back everything up so well with Scripture, dear, and encourage being rooted in God’s Word so you can see how well your heart’s desires line up with His.

    And yes, I definitely agree with Tess that feelings are most definitely not evil in and of themselves – the whole book of Psalms is basically a book of how to praise God in whatever emotion or state you’re in! Many times in the Bible, the Lord is described as being “pleased” or “angry” (in a righteous way, of course), or sad, etc., although obviously God doesn’t have emotions quite in the same way we do.

    ANYWAY, I LOVED THIS POST SO MUCH AND I APPLAUD YOU FOR WRITING IT! 😀

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Allison!

      Yes, I totally agree as well. 🙂 Feelings are a wonderful tool and a blessing God has given us. I’m glad I’m not a non-emotional robot. XD

      THANK YOU!!! 😀 I appreciate that so much!

      -Jewel

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