February 23, 2004

Blogger Idol - Week 6 Movies


We are all currently attending the school of life. Everything that happens - teaches. Everything we watch - teaches. Everything that we listen to - teaches. The friends we have are our teachers. Our circumstances are our educators. Our environment is our head master. Each thing that we try to posses - possesses us. The real question is -- What is the curriculum that you are currently engaged in? What is your course of study? Where is your focus? What is your concentration? Where do you go for your electives?

What in the world does this have to do with movies?!? I mean, c'mon! Blogger Idol - week 6 is about movies!

Do you really think that you can just pour anything you want into your head and it won't affect you? Do you still have that juvenile thought that you are immune to the world?

Oh, well... I guess that some movies do have some bad stuff in it... But I have a foul language filter, and I fast forward through all of the bad scenes... And I know that there are some other topics that aren't quite appropriate...

When you stand before the throne, what will He say to that? Have you been a good steward of your ears by bleeping out the bad words? Did your "woops" reaction to the foul language fulfill His command, "Be Ye Holy, as I am Holy!"?? Was He content with the fast-forwarding of the sexual immorality, the adultery, and the fornication? (Or should I ask, do you even call it what it is? Is it just a "sex-scene" or is it still called sin?) Will He remind you of the many times that His name was spoken in an empty, vain fashion and you didn't even flinch?

But is that even the worst of it? Are your movies your teachers? Are there any ideas that movies promote, that have filtered into your thought? Is sex before marriage still a wicked thing in your mind? Is it entertainment to watch people shot and killed? Or has your view of all humans as image-bearers been slightly altered? Are rebellious children humorous to you? Is breaking the law and disobeying the authority that God has set over you sound like a good idea now, and something that is natural and mundane? Do you call adultery, a love-affair? Do you still think that sin has consequences? Do sinners still go to Hell? Is salvation something that everybody has, as long as they are good? Has is become good enough to simply acknowledge the existence of a god? Or in your little universe, is there a sovereign God that is still in control, working all things together for good, to make you more like His son, Jesus Christ?

Or has your universe changed? Maybe slightly over time... But now you view things different.

I don't know, when I watch that stuff, I know that isn't the way it really is...

You are pouring pictures and sounds and thoughts onto the palette of your mind, and it is painting your view of life! Don't be deceived! What you pour in, will come out.

Sometimes when we are young, we think that it is ok to just watch whatever our heart tells us to... But listen to the words of the Preacher - "Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment." Ecclesiastes 11:9

Everything in life teaches. Pick your school carefully!

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