Monday, June 18, 2007

Garbage In = Garbage Out:

Why do Christians think that they can fill their minds with the garbage of this world and still experience the victory Christ died for them to have? Why is pornography a huge problem among Christians? Could it be because they continue to fill their minds with “soft porn” every night in front of the television? How can a man expect to be delivered from the sin of lust if he watches TV shows or movies that show inappropriately-dressed women and have plots involving sex, sex crimes, or perversion? What about materialism? Do you think watching TV contributes to your tendencies to be greedy, unfulfilled, envious, and discontent? These are just examples of how the world can derail our Christian walk.

What you put into your mind matters. You cannot expect to live out the Christian life with much success if you continue to fill yourself up with the world. We are supposed to be aliens in this world. We are also supposed to be in the world but not of it. When we invite the things of this world into our minds, they become part OF us. Or, we become OF the world. Most of the stuff in the movies and on TV should repulse us. Why, because it repulses Christ and is contrary to his nature which should be our nature when we are born again in him.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen! Yet until they are convicted, Christians will still find ways to justify their appetite for the world.

Brian said...

Eric, I appreciate your encouragement. Christians do need to definitely stay away from the regular "garbage" on T.V. But I also believe that a healthy/strong Christian can be exposed to the "garbage" on T.V. or in the movies from time to time and not be affected. Notice my wording- from "time to time." And that's where we need to know our individual weaknesses and what can cause us to fall into sin.

Eric Jones said...

Brian, Why would a Christian want to expose themselves to the garbage. What would the motivation be? We are supposed to not only flee evil, but also flee even the appearance of evil. Allowing garbage into our lives (even periodically) is equivalent to inviting an enemy combatant or terrorist into your camp or your very home. I guess what I am saying is that when you understand the stakes, you don't play with fire.

Brian said...

Eric, I believe that for one person it may be "playing with fire." But it may not be for another person. We all struggle with different things and are in different places in our walks with God. This is not something to take lightly. But I believe it needs to be evaluated on a individual basis. If it is going to cause you to sin, then of course we need to "flee from it." And sure some people may be deceived into thinking that these things are not affecting them. As I stated earlier, I do not believe that a "healthy" Christian is going to be affected by the occasional "garbage." We need to individually seek God in these matters. It is not "Black or White." Just because you are convicted of something does not mean that God will convict me or anyone else in the same way.

Anonymous said...

Very well said, Eric! Thank you for saying it!

Sometimes after long exposure, we can become numbed to "garbage". We assume it isn't affecting us. It goes into our brains, but at some point our brains cease telling us it is absorbing "garbage". And that is a danger point, I think. We are really good at fooling ourselves.

Eric Jones said...

Great comment. Very true. I touched a little on this aspect of sin in my article posted in May called The Aftertaste of Sin.

David said...

I want to comment to Brian's post.

There is a pastor in Texas by the name of Voddie Baucham (web presence here - http://www.voddiebaucham.org/vbm/home.html).

In one of his sermons he gave an example of this idea that I can expose myself to a little bit of this 'garbage' and not be drawn into sin if I am a healthy/strong Christian. His example is this:

A father is asked by his teenage sons, who are strong Christians, if they can attend a movie that all their friends are seeing. They give him the rundown that it only has some bad words and one brief flash of nudity. They say they can handle it after all they hear the words on the street and at school and they can close their eyes to the nudity. Dad says no. They get upset. Later that evening, after dinner the boys smell brownies and get excited. Dad calls them together and says he has fixed a special dessert for them. They think that Dad has changed his mind and is apologizing for not trusting them. They sit in the dining room around a steaming hot pan of gooey brownies and can't wait to dig in. Dad dishes up a big portion for each boy and tells them to wait a minute because he wants to tell them about these special brownies. He says they have a special ingredient. One that he got from the back yard. The boys look at each other wondering what is up. Dad continues that he has added one level teaspoon of dog poop from the boy's dog from the back yard. It is only one little tiny teaspoon in a huge batch of brownies. It has been exposed to the heat of the oven so any bacteria and germs have been destroyed. It won't hurt them. It is not even enough to taste. Surely they can be exposed to this tiny amount with no harm!

Well, they didn't eat the brownies and they understood about the movie.

This story summarizes what Brian is talking about.

Brian, I would submit for consideration this thought. A healthy/strong Christian would know not to expose their self to any amount of 'garbage'. This would be why they are strong and healthy in their walk with the Lord.

I will also add that the worldly part of me wants to agree with you because the world is full of gray's, right?

This is not what God's Word to us has to say -

Psalm 101:2-4:
"I will be careful to lead a blameless life-- when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil."

And the passage in God's word that makes it as clear as crystal is Philippians 4:8:
"Finally, brothers, 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."

This is as clear as God could make it. We are not to be exposed to or participate in 'garbage'! There is no justification that would make exposure OK to God The Father!