“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
I will be the first to admit that I am NOT perfect. I have MANY shortcomings, and as much as I try to guard my children from watching inappropriate television or movies, I don’t always hold to the same standards for myself. And while I may not limit myself to only watching “G-rated” movies, I do follow my own set of standards, as flawed as they may be.
However, I have been very disappointed as of late by the ardent following of such completely inappropriate media by even my Christian friends. First was the “50 Shades” craze, and now the “Magic Mike” following. Now, I haven’t read or watched either, so my opinion is based only on things I have picked up here and there, but ladies, why the intense passion for such things?
I don’t even need to go into the content to make my point. You all are most likely just as aware of these story lines as I am, and if you aren’t, well, I’m sure even a search on Wikipedia will enlighten you with even more than you need to know. With all the books out there, isn’t there something with a little more literary merit to spend time reading than something that so perverts the relationship God set up for a husband and wife?
As for the movie, I have seen teenagers post pictures of half-naked men onto their Facebook pages. Women have been discussing it for weeks, saying they don’t even know what the movie is about, but they’re going for the “eye-candy.” Really? What are we teaching our kids? Where have our standards gone?
“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.” Philippians 4:8
This verse should be our guideline. I know it’s a hard one to follow, but I honestly believe it is what we should strive for. When we read a book or watch a movie, we are putting those things into our hearts. They cannot be undone. We should be asking ourselves the following questions:
- “Is this edifying me?”
- “Is it pure?”
- “Is it praiseworthy?”
- “Is this healthy for me, for my relationships, for my self-esteem?”
- “Would I let my kids read this?”
- “Would I want my mom to watch this with me?”
If there are some resounding “NOs”, then I would honestly think twice about subjecting my heart and mind to such things. I may have stepped on some toes, and I’m sorry, but this has really been on my heart lately. We need to step up and go against the grain. Reading and watching these types of things is NOT okay. Not only does it desensitize us and affect our hearts, it is a poor example to other Christians, especially younger ones.
Guard your hearts, friends.