When you hear the word propaganda, what comes to mind? Do you think of Uncle Sam? How about a new advertising campaign? What about a presidential candidate? When you watch the news, do you recognize the real propaganda? Do you understand that as you sit there, you are quietly allowing your peace to flee and fear to enter into your heart?

I have been thinking a lot about propaganda lately. It may seem like an odd thought but I can’t seem to pull my mind from all the hype. Recently, a terrible tragedy happened in the news. It was an event that hit very close to home in my heart. I have spent a lot of time praying for the family involved. Although my heart was sad, I found that many people were moved to a place of judgement and/or fear. As with any major situation, I thought about this as something my family may have to face. I then explained to my daughters what occurred in the situation; what could have been handled differently; and what to watch for in the future. What I did not give my daughters was propaganda (information, especially of a biased or misleading nature). After discussing and then allowing them to process, I asked them how they felt and listened. What I heard in response was beautiful. I did not hear judgement or fear. I heard compassion. They were sad for the family involved. We also discussed how we would try to make good decisions to avoid being in a similar situation as the precious family unfortunately found themselves in.

Do you know what the main difference was between my daughters and the general public? My children heard the facts, just the facts. The general public heard a version of the story from main stream media filled with propaganda. I believe that the day we live in is over saturated. Not by information alone, but by the propaganda that sells the information. If I tried to sell you a baseball bat, you may reply that you have no interest in a baseball bat. In the same manner, you may watch a commercial where the lighting is dark and a masked man is breaking in a house. The only defense the person inside has is a baseball bat. That makes your interest in buying my baseball bat, a little higher. What if, at the same time, something startled you and an unfamiliar sound was outside your house while it was dark? Now you may really be considering whether or not you need my baseball bat. You see, the news doesn’t report the facts and only the facts. News alone does not sell. Fear sells!

My point is this, the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

What are you thinking on? Are you controlling the things that go into your mind and spirit? If you don’t have peace, maybe it’s time to reevaluate what your mind is thinking on. Maybe it’s time to change your mind!