A Spiritual Journey 20 Years in the Walking


All good things—and even God things—must come to an end.

That fate was sealed way back in the beginning, in Genesis 3. And it occurs to me that the reality of sin, the very thing that prompted that ongoing human condition, rests at the heart of what Plugged In has been doing, and will continue to do.

If it were not for sin, Plugged In would not be needed. If it were not for sin, the state of our modern entertainment world would not be in the sorry state that it is. If it were not for sin, none of us would be tempted to spend our time engaging with things that run—sometimes directly—counter to what we’re encouraged to do in Philippians 4:8:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

It is the reality of sin and its antidote, divine righteousness, that occupies a fairly large space in my heart and mind as I announce that after more than 20 years of working at Plugged In, I am stepping aside as editor. Through those two decades, God has worked on my own heart in exactly the way we at Plugged In hope He’ll work on yours. He has both hardened and softened me—hardening me against the onslaught that assails us, softening me to His way of walking through the cacophony that surrounds us and can easily encompass us.

Through His faithfulness, I have grown and matured through these years. I have better learned how to seek after both knowledge and wisdom. I have gained friends, both near and far. I pray that I have been useful. Useful to God. Useful to my colleagues. Useful to you as you, too, strive to grow and mature, gaining knowledge and wisdom, in part through what we have grappled with here at Plugged In.

Who wrote this?

Steven Isaac served as editor for Plugged In’s NRB- and EPA-award-winning website for more than a decade, orchestrating, managing, scheduling, shaping and tweaking at least 750 reviews and articles annually. He’s a husband and a father of a teenager.

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OfficialMicaiah More than 1 year ago
You have been useful. Thank you for serving your brothers and sisters in Christ. God bless you, sir.
Kevin Simpson More than 1 year ago
I had the personal privilege of working with Steve for the better portion of 8 years. You would do well to adhere to his views when it comes to media discernment. Plugged In lost two of its very best when it lost Bob Smithouser and now, Steve. These two men really walk the walk that they speak so eloquently about. The torch has been passed. Let's see where it goes next.
seraph_unsung More than 1 year ago
I wish you and yours the very best!  Thank you very much for all your hard work.