“Reviving the American Imagination Through the Media Mountain”
“Let Heaven fill your thoughts...” – Col. 3:2 (The Living Bible)
If you're a Baby Boomer, most likely, the shape or form of something Disney, be it the Magic Kingdom’s candy-colored castle, or Mickey, America’s most beloved gloved mouse, these and other offspring from Walt Disney’s (1901-1966) award-winning imagination, have twinkled their way, with a whisk of Tinkerbelle’s finger, into our country's heart.
And it's possible for contemporary Media Mountaineers (hereafter referred to as Mountaineers) like you and me, to learn a great deal from Disney’s ground-breaking work ethic and foray into the creative imagination, too. I know I have. In fact, I even believe that the entity that is the “Wonderful World of Disney” can offer at least six timeless keys one can use to boost effectivity as a Mountaineer whether you serve in the film; television; creative, commercial, literary and non-fiction writing; social media; or journalism industries. Here’s how.
Key #1. Use Your God-Given Creativity to Craft Your Message and Product.
“...We are to use our different gifts in accordance to the grace that God has given us. If our gift is speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have...” - (Romans 12:6, GNT).
During the late 1920’s, Disney, at the start of his developing his “Wonderful World”, knew the relatively untapped vehicle of the sound cartoon could catapult his growth as an entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. Particularly if he explored the bara creativity anointing the Lord marvelously displayed during the first seven days of creation; an eternal creative sense available to Mountaineers, too.
What seed or germ of a creative idea for mass and multimedia distribution has the Lord given you to share His power, glory and character with the world? Has He embued you to "think outside of the box" to create it? Are you further willing to "imagine", “prophesy” and “conceive” it, albeit with lots of perseverance, to His, and the media consumers, delight? Remember that "things which the eye has not seen and the ear not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man” can be developed by those who love Him, “who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed, - (1 Cor. 2:9, The Amplified Bible).
The above, I’d like to think, when it came to the conceptualizations of Disney, was more than likely his original intent. To create a life-changing, accessible and “down to earth” homage to the genius of the everlasting Jehovah-Bara (Is. 40:28) as well as quintessential amusement and multimedia experience "spun" by Disney "imagineers" to be a “source of joy and inspiration to all the world. ”
And guess what? Disney, and his successors, more than met his original goal. The mass media conglomerate headquartered in Burbank, California, now grosses annually, according to Google stats, $6.2 million dollars per day; a figure that testifies to a ingenius, solid, and admirable use of a God-led imagination!
Key #2- Be Aware of Ungodly Forces that want to Skew, Co-opt or Corrupt Messages and Products Released within and from the Media Mountain.
“For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the forces of evil in the heavenly realm.” - (Eph. 6:12, Contemporary Jewish Bible)
Disney’s successful use of the imagination to drive the development of spiritually positive and healthy messages and products for families has been more than quantified, (50+ films produced and beloved by many). The company's success should therefore encourage Mountaineers, especially those in the Journalism industry, to similarly seek God for creative strategies that will improve their ability to speak into, influence, and promote God’s plan to increase the health, well-being and wholeness of their targeted demographics, cities, as well as print/electronic news markets. Why? Because He expects them to be His “voice, hands and feet” in the earth. A unified peal of His hope and truth, particularly as we pray that His eternal presence accompanies and invades Mountaineers as if it were He who is scanning streets and news wires for stories to release that will inform and impart an accurate, biblical shaping/reporting of news and information.
Key #3 - Be Aware of the Ungodly Forces, the Voice Thrower Spirit, that seeks to Skew, Co-opt or Corrupt the Character of the Media Mountaineer
“Do not be fooled. Bad companions ruin good character.” - (1 Cor. 15:33, Good News Translation)
The warfare taking place in the heavenlies to impede the birthing and maintenance of a healthy personal and communal imagination, image, voice, and life is insidious and waged by the Prince of the Power of the Air. What’s more, it, in tandem with other spirits such as the Spirit of Python, wants to squeeze the life out of the Lord’s Sons and Daughters, and the communities they are attempting to inform, educate, entertain, or secure or build. However, there is a third spiritual warmonger that needs to be on our radar as well. One who expressly seeks to corrupt the Mountaineer. And its name is the "The Voice Thrower.”
The “Voice Thrower”, an Anti-Christ, Anti-Sonship spirit, gets its name from the idea that a ventriloquist can seemingly “throw or project his or her voice” from a location that is not the human torso or voice box. Further, its intent is embraced by those who are incensed by the truth and the reality of God’s Kingdom in the Earth. And to the point that they release word curses into the atmosphere and “throw their voices” as utterances and (false) oracles against the plan and will of God for the Media Mountain and its Mountaineers.
A chief hallmark of the Disney conglomerate at its inception was that it championed wholesome “family values”. In fact, Disney himself went to great lengths to assure that the company developed family-friendly fare by encouraging employees to live wholesome lives at home and in the office themselves. It is this kind of commitment to personal and professional values that the Voice Thrower Spirit attempts to attack. His key method of attack is then to look for opportunities to plant its nefarious messages of “bad news”, contention, and falsehood in not only the mouths of Mountaineers, but also in their personal/professional identities and marketplace culture. This is possible because sadly the Voice Thrower, like the enemy of our souls, has a limited idea of the leaders that God is developing Mountaineers to be; persons who are Joseph's in many
Key #4 - God’s Media Mountaineers must recognize that they are Natural and Spiritual Joseph’s - Kairos and rhema providers being prepared to help bring provision into their respective spheres and locales.
“And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” - (Gen. 41:38, ESV).
In Scripture, Joseph was called before birth to be second in command of a critical region. One in which he’d ultimately dispense substance and resources to its residents during a famine. Unfortunately, many are experiencing similar famines now. Famines for the Living Word to be present and operative as a part of a personal relationship with Him in their lives, as well as famines for Christian media role models to be located, prepared, and released to walk and be “Kingdom”: Light-infused evangelists atop Zion’s mountain with revelations of God to release to the world in right timing.
Now catch that. I said “in right timing”. I emphasize this because the goal of the Voice Thrower is to separate both the Media Mountaineer, and their audiences, from receiving and walking in the blessings of Issachar. In other words, this means the Voice Thrower attempts to thwart the blessings, substance, healing, freedom, resources, and secrets that God releases individually and corporately to operationalize, within key prophetic timeframes, that honor what God wants to do spiritually and naturally in the earth.
Key #5- Media Mountaineers Must Savor the Contributions they Can Bring To the Atmosphere of the Locales They Serve
Now that we know the warfare the Voice Thrower wages against the Media Mountain and those one it, what natural and spiritual warfare tactics ought we use to counter its works? The answer is found within understanding the notion to follow first.
The Voicethrower, though assigned to the Media Mountain, is fundamentally a governmental spirit. It assails the walls or boundaries of media professionals in an attempt to “prep” them to entertain ungodly influences. When this occurs, Mountaineers are more open to potentially release “bad news or speech”, or be perceived by their audiences, peers or key opinion leaders as “bad news”, both of which constitute a sullying their personal/professional voices, identities and positioning within the marketplace.
Key Voicethrower Strategies Levied Against Mountaineers
It tempts you to engage in impure speech.
It helps to orchestrate personal and or professional failure(s),
It lures one into compromise.
It encourages poor stewardship of natural and spiritual gift, skills and talents.
It facilitates learning stoppages.
It entraps one in tradition and fear.
It urges one to be prideful.
It promotes a lack of advocacy for Christian character when needed.
It deceives one not to pursue physical and inner healing, freedom, forgiveness, and sound counsel when needed.
It creates false oracle opportunities.
It blinds one from opening doors of opportunity for other media professionals.
It halts Mountaineers from becoming the diverse and innovative change agents that God created them to be to His Glory.
Before we address how to “handle” these attacks, it’s important to remind that the health, well-being and wholeness of Mountainteers can be recaptured through the power of reversal.
Each time the Lord identifies a spiritual warfare attack strategy of the enemy, he equips us through His word, particularly in Luke Chapter 1, to remember that the “spirit of the Word”, Jesus soon to be made flesh, offers insight into how “a godly reversal” of that strategy can defeat the enemy’s goals. Here’s why.
One of the most powerful messages of reversal in the Bible is the message that Mary, the Lord’s mother, issued from her own being while visiting her pregnant cousin. As part of this message, she sang the following life-altering prayer in anticipation of the day Jesus would physically, symbolically, and compassionately "flip the script" on Jerusalem, the world, as well as, the plans of the Voicethrower as we outlaid them above.
She sang, "… I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me and look what happened-- I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten… His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child… he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now." (Luke 1:46-55, The Message).
What if You are a Media Mountain Mary and Her Song is Yours?
How would you feel, weeks away from delivering a tiny, wiggly bundle of spiritual dynamite? A highly extraordinary child, wise beyond his years? Whom over a 33-year period would release faith and supernatural power to you to help transform the proud, self-willed, or rebellious Media Mountaineers you serve, once served or perhaps were yourself, into a meek and humble professional? One who will help potential ones who may be temporarily troubled, reprimanded, "beaten-down," hurt or dishonored targets of the Voice Thrower and his ranks, into healed, commanding, and prosperous leaders? Wouldn’t you be excited? That the baby you carried had an awe-inspiring ability to "flip the script"? What a baby! What a gift!
That’s the power that you carry as a spirit-filled member of the Media mountain! Just like Mary! A co-creator of imagination, image, voice and life! And it is up to you to steward this power well so you will be a godly oracle that releases the power of God through your messages, identity, and corporate culture.
Ready to wield that power and co-labor with the Lord to circumvent the Voice Thrower's attacks? Here are 12 ways how!
The book of Proverbs tells us that “pleasant words are like honey from a honeycomb - sweet to the spirit and healthy to the body (Prov. 16:24).” Are there times when your speech has been less than its best? If so, did non-constructive criticism; coarse jesting; condemnation; profanity usage; word curses; rumors or lies mar your tongue, your personal and professional identity, and impact? If you recognize that there were times when you spoke less than sweet words, it’s never too late to get your tongue on the right track so your speech will refresh others and bring similar refreshing to you (Prov. 11:25).
The Bible reminds us Proverbs 21:3 that it is wise to do what it right and just. Are there times when you allowed either personal or professional failure to hinder your releasing the ways of justice, integrity, the counsel of the Lord, and the Kingship of Christ through your being? If so, it’s not too late to make a change. Just continue to seek the Lord so His counsel will be infused into your heart and actions as it will stand forever. (Psalms 33:11).
Proverbs 25:28 encourages believers to embrace lives of self-control and appropriate boundaries. Are there times when you have allowed yourself to release news and information to others as part of your professional responsibilities, in particular, that stood contrary to the Lord’s “Marketplace of Ideas”? If so, ask the Lord to show you ways of contemporary culture that may be perceived as correct, but are in fact really damaging to the spirit, soul, and body (Prov. 14:12).
The natural and spiritual gifts, talents and skill sets that God gives each of us are precious treasure and oil (Prov. 21:10) in His sight to be stewarded carefully in our professional and personal lives. Are you being a good steward of inner treasures like these? If not, do your best to remember that God created you to be a gift in the earth to serve others because you have received the gift of who you are only by God’s grace. (1 Peter 4:10).Were you aware that the heart of discerning people loves to learn and seeks out new learning experiences (Prov. 18:15)
Were you aware that the heart of discerning people loves to learn and seeks out new learning experiences (Prov. 18:15) regardless of where they are on the career experience scale? Be sure to ask yourself if at any time, while on the Media Mountain, you’ve felt that you’ve already attained the “just right” degree, certification, or contract, and no longer have need to perfect the gifts, talents and skill sets He has allowed you to obtain to get you there. Because an anointing to do well in your position will be always needed, the Holy Spirit will continually impart that to you as part of your personal relationship with the Lord. You also need to continually stoke your intelligence and heart spiritually and practically so you can further grow and maximize your calling with continuing education.
While on the Media Mountain, are there times when you allowed the spirits of tradition and fear to keep you in an experiential box? Professionally, marketplace employees better position themselves to thrive and be multiplied in an environment of cross-training. If you’re predominantly a broadcast journalist, try delving into print journalism, for example. You must be willing to expand the girth of your gifting to be competitive and to just plain “stretch” your communication muscles. Doing so will be sharpen your gifting and even open your messages to a broader audience. Remember, don’t be afraid to make the leap. The Lord will be with you in whatever media platform you try. (Joshua 1:9).
Wise Mountaineers love to invest in opportunities that will allow them to sharpen their craft. Particularly when it comes to professionals who use speech, or the spoken or written word, in their daily toolbox. Ask yourself how you need to improve your delivery of words. This even includes being proficient at proofreading your work before releasing it into the world. Are there on-site or online workshops you can explore to sharper your speaking or writing skills? Why not check them out? You must be instant in season and out of season with the verbiage you use in your messages. Preparation will help you to better do that. (2 Tim. 4:2).
It’s important to remember that working on the Media Mountain is an act of service. A great deal of that service, be it in the workplace or while you are working in the field, demands that you “administer true justice, show mercy and compassion toward others (Zech. 7:9). Are there times when you were not the best servant on the mountain in your particular sphere of influence? If so, be sure to turn away from, renounce, and release the times that you did not properly represent Christ or advocate for Christian peers who properly represented Christ in the workplace (Titus 2:7-8). God always has new mercies for you to have another chance to be a better you every morning (Lam. 3:23).
God loves to shower favor on His Mountaineers daily so the work they do for Him will be established by His hands (Ps. 90:17). However, sometimes events occuring in the work environment, or at home can interfere with job performance. Are there times when you hit a rough patch and could have benefitted from pursuing employee assistance support and or spiritual healing, freedom, and godly counsel when undergoing these trials? If so, it’s never too late to get the support, stillness, and rest you need even during a most rigorous storm. The Lord will always be near to hear your prayers, (James 4:2) and guide you toward health, well-being, and wholeness when you need it most.
Some media outlets are known, or are being strongly criticized for overwhelmingly being, purveyors of predominantly “bad news”. Be sure to advocate when you can for the delivery, writing, production, broadcasting, or printing of more positive and good news, if you work for a news outlet (Phil. 4:8). Receiving and or hearing good news is like a sorely needed drink of cold water… (Prov. 25:25).
Though America has enjoyed a tremendous “cultural mix” for centuries, there are still sectors of society, including some workplaces, who have employees in them whom believe non-majority racial and ethnic populations” and or women should not be treated with respect, fair employment opportunities, and equity. Are there times when you could have opened more doors for people of color (POC) or women in the field, but didn’t? Though we live in 21st century America, there is still unfortunately unfair hiring, promotion, and presence disparities evident in many media organizations. Why not commit to doing what you can to assure that your workplace benefits from the culturally rich and remarkable contributions that POC and women can bring to the “playing field.” Where inequities in hiring, leadership and presence abounds, a paucity of remembering that each member of God’s Kingdom is fearfully and wonderfully made abounds.
Every Media Mountaineer ought to have ample opportunities to be as innovative as Walt Disney was while also being powerful oracles in the Hands of God. After all, it will take a diverse, empowered and energized collective of Mountaineers to defeat the strategies of the Voicethrower, and further God’s government and agenda in the earth. (Amos 5:24).
Are you ready to take the Media Mountain for God now as never before? If so, the world is waiting! Let's go! God is with us!
By Karen Williams, Copyright, Karen Williams, 2018, All Rights Reserved
(The “…Power of Reversal” and “Media Mountain Mary” paragraph portions of the post were originally published in the author’s, four part “Guard Your Heart” article series initially published online in serial form 2005-6 by Bahiyah Woman Magazine)
Author Bio: Min.Karen S. Williams, a prophetic voice, award-winning author, and scholar, lives in Metro Detroit. She is an ordained minister and a staff pastor with Southfield, Michigan’s Good News Christian Center Ministries. Through her God-given Ezra 1:7 mandate, Min. Williams helps to equip women who have suffered adverse life experiences to “pay their personal relationship with Christ, healing, freedom, wisdom, life stories as well as their spiritual and natural gift forward’ as they win other women to Christ. Min. Williams has a regular podcast titled “Miriam’s Cup Messages with Min. Karen Williams,” and has written for “Global Prophetic Voice” and other publications. She has 24+ years of experience as a public health professional in the maternal child health, minority health, mental health, and juvenile justice fields. She believes her history of working with and for the underserved further aids her mandate to deliver a Bible-based, science-based, and culturally-sensitive ministry that helps to educate, liberate, claim, and re-claim others so that they may enjoy a personal and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow her or contact her on Facebook at “Miriam’s Cup Messages with Min. Karen Williams” or at firstname.lastname@example.org.