Right Versus Wrong, As a Christian

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.

Now My Lifesong Sings by Casting Crowns

 

*New American Standard Bible, underlining is my own emphasis
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Amazing Cover of a Garth Brooks Song, by These Contestants on “The Voice”

Covering a song by legendary hit-maker Garth Brooks is quite the challenge for any artist. But, two singers on season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” rose to the occasion during an epic battle round performance on Tuesday, March 28.Watch the video RELATED: Blake Shelton regretted not hitting his button for this country darling on “The…

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What!?! Say It Ain’t So!

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A Part of the Panthers Nation

Panthers 50SB SmallI live North Carolina, and I love football. Those two things didn’t always releate to each other. Then, we got our expansion team in 1993. I admit freely that I did a major happy dance. “Thank you, Jerry Richardson!! I have a home team!”

I have watched the Carolina Panthers since then, through the ups and the downs. I am proud of it all. And now, I get to watch my Panthers play in Superbowl 50, their second Superbowl appearance since the beginning of the franchise.

I am so excited, I can barely contain it! The big day is almost here.

I like and respect Peyton Manning, and the Broncos, but I LOVE my Panthers. No matter what, I will always be a part of the Panthers Nation. #KeepPounding