These two references about being called but not chosen remind me of modern day media addiction
- D&C 95:5-6 But behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called but few of them are chosen. They who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon-day.
- D&C 121:34-37 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness. That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
Two ways our generation is called but many are un-choosing themselves with media addictions
First, God has called our generation to be the last leg of the race, the strongest runners as Sheri Dew said, with “the courage and determination to face the world at its worst, to do combat with the evil one during his heyday, and in spite of it all, to be fearless in building the kingdom of God” ("You Were Born to Lead, You Were Born for Glory," BYU Devot, Dec. 9, 2003).
So many are called to do great things in the last days. Yet so many are un-choosing themselves by their addictions to things that push away the Spirit, remove their agency, distract them from their life purpose, and waste their time and potential.
As the two later scriptures said, the called become un-chosen because they sin and walk in darkness, or their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world. Some also seek to cover their sins, gratify pride and vanity, and control others. Doesn’t that describe the variety of media addictions? This includes addiction to pornography, violent video games, social media, texting, movies, etc.
Second, the younger generation is also called to serve God on missions, yet for the same reason they’re un-calling themselves, missing missions, or going home early because of these addictions. Parents need to help their called youth stay chosen!
Here are some resources to help you stay called and chosen, by helping you avoid media addictions.