“Therefore come out from them and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor 6:17-18).
This is a kind of filtering process before God accepts us as his sons and daughters. Coming out from what is worldly, getting separated from them, and touching nothing unclean; these are the conditions that make us entitled to the exalted status of the children of God.
But it is a difficult task, we should admit. Every moment we experience an inner conflict between what is divine and what is mundane. God calls us to the divine realm, while our environment tempts us to choose the vanities of this world. The biggest weapon the ‘rulers of this world’ (Jn 14:30) employ to subjugate us to his will is the media. He serves everything profane, obscene and impure through different media outlets, be it in print or electronic. Newspapers that we blindly believed in the past have now become the mouthpiece of an atheistic, anti-Christian philosophy that is sweeping the globe like a flood. This is no coincidence. We are warned sufficiently in advance to run away from the media that openly supports and promotes everything impure.
Half a century back, to be precise on 8 July 1973, the Blessed Virgin told Fr Stefano Gobbi: ‘Look at neither the newspapers nor television; remain ever close to my Heart in prayer. Nothing else should be of interest or importance to you save living with Me, and for Me’ (Message No 2 from ‘To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons). For a moment, we might wonder why our Mother has told us to totally shun the media. For many of us, it is our belief that keeping a safe distance from the media will protect us from the evils of this world. But it is not so. Irrespective of the doze, what they serve is poison and there is nothing like a good poison!
It may seem strange when we read that the Blessed Virgin was so particular about her children totally avoiding the newspapers and television, that too at a time when we were happy with the ‘progressive’ outlook of our media. But after half a century and witnessing the huge influence that the media has in society, today we realize that it was a true message coming from heaven. If, as Paul reminds us, we want to come out from them, the first thing to do is to come out of the addiction to newspapers and television that make us believe that truth is falsity and evil is good. The global elite achieve this diabolic goal by bringing under their control all major media houses. You can check the status of media houses in your country and verify yourself.
God wants us to be separate from them. We are not supposed to listen to what they say; our ears should always be tuned to our Lord and God. It is when this communication channel with God is broken that we run to the world. The difference is that listening to God will bring us wisdom, whereas listening to the world will add to our knowledge, and as we know, knowledge will not take us to our desired destination.
Again our Lord does not want us to touch anything unclean. Nowadays it is hard to find anything good and spiritually benefitting in newspapers and television. Even good things are presented in an unclean way so as to convince the readers that absolute goodness is but a mirage. They compel us, often indirectly, to touch what is unclean with the ulterior motive of separating us from the Creator. On the other hand, God wants us to separate ourselves from such people and such an environment.
It is a difficult thing to be away from the world even while living in the world. It is more difficult to keep our hands clean, in a world that is immersed in impurity. But we have to practice it. Because we want to be counted among the children of God, when the final separation between sheep and goats takes place.
Let us take a firm decision to run away from the flood of impurity that is let loose and promoted by the media. Let us pray for the Lord to ‘deliver us from all evil.’