Recently, I have felt a great conviction about my choices of reading material and other media entertainment. I mean, if “you are what you eat,” then your heart and soul are a reflection of the things you put into them, right?
I have always enjoyed reading a lot of fiction, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, my love of reading a lot of fantasy has led to some topical matters that I am now finding problematic. I mean, a really good story makes me imagine myself within it, as it unfolds. Shouldn’t I be careful where my imagination might lead me? As a Christian, shouldn’t I try to avoid a minefield of things that the scriptures say to shun?
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul asserts, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, …
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, … that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5: 16-21)*
Anything that includes magic, mythological realms, demonic indwelling, angelic affairs, sexual situations, etc. should not be on the reading list of someone who is saved and called according to Christ’s purpose. Neither should I spend time watching tv shows or movies that I would be ashamed to watch in the presence of the Lord. Because, as a Christian, I know that He is with me always.
I am sure that some who read this will say that I am going a little overboard, that I am taking my belief too far. I wondered about that myself. I have really wrestled with this. Then I realized that the answer is available right in the Bible.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” (Colossians 2:6)
“knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7)
And, of course, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15)
Not only are the scriptures clear, my soul feels much more at peace since I let go of my own selfish desires, and let God reveal His will.