When I was a kid in the 1970s, I remember my mother telling me that in the near future I would see things on TV that were very vulgar. Shows laced with nudity, profanity, and excessive violence, etc. I would just laugh it off and think to myself “Oh, mom, you’re crazy.” Cable TV hadn’t come out yet, and the content on the local channels was generally mild and family-friendly.
My, oh my, how things have changed. Not only are we being bombarded by so much indecent and profane material on television, but have you also heard some of the lyrics that many of today’s top recording artists are spewing out?
1 Peter 1:15:16 says, "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'"
In verse 13, just above this, the Apostle Peter tells us to “have our minds alert and fully sober.”
In order to have our minds alert, we need to keep guard over what we are allowing to infiltrate it.
In Psalm 101:3, King David says “I will set before my eyes no vile thing.” The NLT version says “I will refuse to look at anything vile or vulgar.”
As Christians we should have the same attitude as King David.
Today’s American culture is being heavily influenced more and more each day by the “entertainment” that Hollywood and the music industry are putting out.
Just last week, a sequel to a popular comedy was released, and it grossed over $100 million the first weekend. One of the lead actors was quoted as saying, "It is so bad in parts that I told my mom she is not allowed to see it. I forbid, forbade, forbid her from coming."
If this actor is warning his mother not to watch, then how much more should we not support this or other such films? Sadly, though, many Christians will flock to see this movie and others like it. They will also continue to fill their iPods with ungodly music.
But I challenge you as well as myself to strive to be holy - to renew our minds daily by reading God’s Word and thinking and dwelling on what the Apostle Paul tells us in 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."
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