Tuesday, September 4, 2012
ARE YOU BEING INFECTED AND POISONED?
Is the culture you live in infecting you and poisoning you? I do not mean by chemicals and illnesses but by the things you choose to do that are not good for you. Things such as movies, television shows, video games, music, magazines you choose to read, books and on the list goes. Have you heard the saying "Garbage in, garbage out?" This refers to what you choose to expose your brain and spirit to. A person can not expect to feed on a constant diet of crude humor, sex scenes, foul language, murders, rapes, lust, incest and all the rest and say it has no effect on them. It is called being desensitized. Basically it means the more you read something, hear it or watch it the less it bothers you. It is sad that happens but it will if you are not careful it does indeed happen. It always saddens me when parents of young children seemingly do not care what they watch.
As a Christian do you think you have any place in movies that depict sex scenes, whether married or unmarried, or ultra violent behavior? Some may stop reading this right now and tell me to 'get with the program' as that is all there is. I beg to differ. Do you realize if you say you love Jesus you are to be his examples on the earth? That is not to say you have to go to church around the clock. God expects you to get out among the people to win others to the Lord but your mind has to stay clear too. If you get to a point that things no longer shock you or bother you then I would say there is a good likelihood you have been bitten by the 'desensitization monster' and been poisoned and infected.
Many movies nowadays depict vulgar language and crude humor. There is a verse in the Bible that deals with crude joking. Ephesians 5:3-4 says "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving." Aren't we supposedly supposed to be lights in a dark world? Light dispels darkness. Darkness is evil and light is good. The Bible says in 1 John 1:5 "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all." None, zero, nada!
People today do not even blush anymore at commercials on TV. Those who grew up without wholesome entertainment in movies may think people like me are prudish but you can only put so much junk into your brain without it having an effect on you. Do you spend more time getting to know God or going to movies you have no business in? Someone told me once their parents did not allow them go to any movies as they were all bad. Now that to me seemed far fetched but each to their own. For instance in Romans 14:5 it says "One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind." When you get a moment read all of Romans Chapter 14 as there is some good stuff in there.
The Holy Spirit brings conviction to you heart. People can start to get a appetite for violence, monster movies, sex scenes until that is all they care to see. Be on the alert. Satan can use this as a trap to get you away from the Lord and take you down the wrong path of life. 2 Corinthians 2:11 tells us to be aware of "Satan's schemes" and indeed he is a scheming liar and deceiver trying his best to get people away from Jesus.
Do the things you do bring you closer to God or further from him? Do you think what you choose to do is holy and would it bring shame to God or glory? Do you feel bad after doing something knowing perfectly well it was not the thing to do?
I love Philippians 4:8 which says "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." It is rather difficult to think on good and pleasant things when you are watching a slasher movie or some film that can not stop taking the Lord's name in vain.
So today is your heart and mind pure before the Lord? Do you desire to know Him better? In Matthew 5:13 it says "You are the salt of the earth.But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." Salt seasons and makes food taste better. Are you doing that in the lives of those around you? Let me leave you with one final verse which may be a good one to post on your television set. Psalm 101:3 which says "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me."
PRAYER: Father I know at times I go watch movies that may not be the best choices for helping me grow in the Lord. I do it because it is popular. Forgive me. Help me be more selective in what I choose to do for entertainment not worrying about what others think. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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