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!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

 

 

We didn’t see it coming. And that makes it harder to stomach. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones that didn’t see it coming, though. During the post-show Facebook Live, host Amy Brown and a panel of “Nashies” discussed the jarring Feb. 23 episode of “Nashville,” which found many of us sobbing as Deacon, Maddie and…

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My Addiction?

Due to my illness and disability, I have developed an addiction to television… nightly shows to be exact. I have my DVR programmed to record all of my favorites in case: they conflict with another show, they conflict with a sporting event I want to watch, I happen to be taking a bath when they are on, etc… I have even been known to have two shows recording while I am watching a third show/sport/event on my bedroom tv. I would say that qualifies as addition, wouldn’t you?

Although the shows change with the season, right now these are my must watch. Mondays are for Dancing with the Stars. I have been a fan since Season 4 when I started watching with my late brother. It wasn’t hard to get hooked since I am a self-professed competition junkie. Since I was already watching Dancing on ABC, it wasn’t hard to get hooked on Castle, which follows. Then, CBS added the newly revamped Hawaii Five-O to their 10pm time slot. With all of the pre-season hype, I had to watch, and I am so glad that I did.

Tuesdays? Obviously, Dancing with the Stars elimination show. I mean, how could I not see who leaves the show? No Ordinary Family is an interesting addition to precede Dancing. It is different and so far I have enjoyed the story progression. For many years, NCIS has been one of my favorite shows. Then to my pleasure, NCIS: Los Angeles was conceived and brought to life. I never missed an episode even before DVR. Also, new to the schedule this season, ABC added Detroit 1-8-7 to the 10pm time slot. This is a very genuine feeling cop drama that is really fleshing out the characters very well. I hope it continues to meet the standards it has already established.

On Wednesdays, my favorites include one fantastic returning show and two new additions. New to television this season is the J.J. Abrams drama Undercovers. It has a definite serious side, but it is delivered with a light touch which makes it very enjoyable to watch. I haven’t seen it in a while & hope it hasn’t been cancelled. Also new to the NBC lineup is the new Law & Order: Los Angeles. This addition to the Law & Order legacy brings a different feel with the same great drama for which the franchise is well known. To round out Wednesdays, Criminal Minds returns. YEAH!

Thursdays are for S…! My Dad Says, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Thursdays have also included Project Runway. I can’t wait for it to come back.

Fridays? CSI:NY and Blue Bloods. The weekend is a sports bonanza with College sports (and NFL Sundays, PLEASE). Oh, and Sundays also include The Amazing Race when in season and Army Wives. Don’t forget, HGTV provides House Hunters several times a week.

I can admit my addiction, but I don’t want to give it up. The characters I have come to love. For 30 minutes or an hour, they are very real to me. I get involved in their lives and lose myself for a while forgetting my own ills and pains. If this qualifies as addiction, I don’t mind. 🙂

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great day of college football

I am really enjoying the awesome college football today. NC State beat Boston College, which would have made my brother very happy. I switched back and forth between the UNC/Clemson and the SC/Alabama games. They were both very exciting! Go HEELS! And I have to say, I love a good underdog win- SC definitely delivered. Actually, they didn’t play like underdogs at all. Now, I am watching the LSU/Florida game. Soon, I will be switching back and forth between it and FSU/Miami. Football season makes it hard to see everything I want to see. Maybe I should get another tv or two… lol. Guess I will just keep switching 😦

New Season of Grey’s Anatomy

First let me say that I am a HUGE fan of Grey’s. I loved the finale from last season and understand that a storyline like that is hard to match. I, like so many other fans, waited with excitement and anticipation for the season premiere. However, I have to say that the first episode of this season was not as good as I expected. Fortunately, each episode since has gotten better and more interesting.

I am looking forward now to each development forthcoming. Christina has become my new favorite character because I am seeing her now more human and vulnerable than she has ever been before. I can’t wait to find out that Derek and Meredith get pregnant. I want to see Mark and Lexie find their way back to each other. And I am looking forward to the patient storylines that parallel what the characters are experiencing in their own lives… which is one thing this show does so well.

Come on all you Grey’s fans; what do you think?