Below are the words of saints shared in love and humility. I share them with you now not in legalism, but in the Spirit of Christ as food for thought in a time when the deception of the enemy of our souls grows daily more subtle and powerful leading up to the great deception that precedes the return of our Lord. I pray these various thoughts from other brothers and sisters will be a blessing.
"As you sit down to watch TV, count the minutes. How long until you hear
the first swear word, how long before the first sexual joke, how long
until a violent act takes place, or how long until a child shows clear
disrespect to a parent? Probably not too long! Start watching for these
things, and you will be amazed. Analyze the humor in a show. Often it
centers on foul language, sexuality, or disrespect or rebellion, and the
limit is always being pushed."
- Karl Graustein
we think about consistency, let me just emphasize the whole area of
entertainment, and the kind of entertainment that you approve for
yourself and for your children.
You as a mom (and dads as well)
are responsible to make sure that your children are being protected.
Particularly as younger children; before they know how to discern right
from wrong, you’re responsible to help them make those choices.
is an area today where we are so influenced in subtle ways by a culture
that is contrary to God’s ways. It’s more subtle because we laugh at
entertainment; we’re amused by entertainment. It’s fun, so we don’t
think of how dangerous some of what we’re being exposed to might be in
its philosophy, in its behavior, in what it’s promoting as a worldview."
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss
"Statistics show that the
average child living at home in America watches at least twenty-eight
hours of television each week. (For some kids, the total is much
higher.) Programming that targets young people is often the very worst
at deliberately glamorizing sin. By the time most young people graduate
from high school, they have been overexposed to the grossest kinds of
evil through 'entertainment' media in mind-numbing ways—so that nothing
seems particularly appalling anymore. After all, drug use, immorality,
violence, and profanity are standard fare on television. When a whole
generation has been raised on a steady diet of that stuff, it's no
wonder that sin no longer seems exceedingly sinful to them."
- John MacArthur
we sit in front of sights, images and messages that are the opposite of
God’s Kingdom, we allow our minds to be subtly manipulated by the
voices of darkness, whether we realize it or not....
But it’s not
just movies and T.V. that has us in its controlling vice. It’s an
overall pre-occupation with pop-culture. Music artists, professional
athletes, and movie stars claim far more of our applause and attention
than Jesus Christ does...
Idols are not just golden statues that
people bow down to in ornate temples. An idol is anything that claims
our attention and affection above Christ. Most of us verbally declare
that Jesus Christ is more important to us than our fetish for music or
movies. But what does our life say? Where do we spend the best hours of
our day? What do we turn to for enjoyment and comfort?
A pure heart is one to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring.
floods our minds and senses with things that are not of God. But for
most of us, the glamorized sin that surrounds us is not strange and
jarring. It’s normal and accepted. In fact, we go out of our way to
enjoy and participate in it. We even spend a huge amount of our time and
money on it. And we allow it to capture our mind, emotion, and
attention. Christ makes it clear that we cannot love both Him and the
things that charm and ravish this world. We cannot be dazzled by the
images of pop-culture and captivated by the King of all kings:
not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the
world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the
world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
life, is not of the Father but is of the world." (I John 2:15-16 NKJV)
and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is
enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God." (James 4:4)
...Does God stand up
and cheer over American Idol? Does He smile with delight over the new
Twilight movie? Does He get excited about the latest Cold Play album? Or
does He grieve over our distracted, wandering, divided hearts?"
- Leslie Ludy
there is a whole generation... laughing at things that ought to make
them weep, and not a few of them will suffer shipwreck, and some—the
loss of their souls. Let the indiscriminate viewer beware."
- R. Kent Hughes
nothing unworthy of Him who represents you in heaven, and whom you
represent on earth. He is faithful to you; be you so to Him. Let men
know what a Lord and Master you serve. Be His witnesses; be His mirrors;
be His living epistles. Let Him speak through you to the world. Let
your life tell your fellow-men what He is, and what He is to you. Speak
well of Him to men, as He speaks well of you to God. He has honoured you
by giving you His name; He has blessed you by conferring on you
sonship, and royalty, and an eternal heritage: see that you do justice
to His love, and magnify His greatness. . .Be true to Him who loved you,
and washed you from your sins in His own blood."
- Horatius Bonar
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I hope all are doing well. I've been under the weather and that's okay. God is here, He speaks to our hearts in these times, He loves us so!
Let us not be deceived, we are seeing more and more blogs that are totally omitting the Father. I'm wondering if they are worried about offending, or about numbers on their blogs? Oh dear me! In this time of troubles let's be that Blessed Hope for others. Let us not forget our precious Jesus.
Remember Lot's wife...The love of the world...and all that goes with that. ...Nothingness.
(photo by Robert Stock)
Let's remember Lot's Wife and not ever forget about our precious Jesus. You can have all this world...just give me Jesus. This song sure puts things in perspective...Please be blessed!