"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Who You're Supporting (8/22/2010)

One thing that I really feel strongly about is that no one should condone anything that they would not do themselves. That means that you shouldn't watch anything on television or listen to anything on the radio that you claim to believe is sinful. I am appalled that more and more "Christians" these days seem to believe that as long as they don't do it themselves, there is nothing wrong with them watching or listing to it.

The Bible says that God hates sin. However, we somehow find it funny. Every night, we invite these people into our living rooms to pollute our minds and laugh in the face of God. I honestly believe that the music and television industries are to blame for many of the troubled marriages, broken homes, and wayward children in America today. And if you can't see that, it's because it has already taken or is in the process of taking you down too.

You may say, "Well, there's some good in it too." You know what? I don't care. You try that with God. You wait until the end of your life, never have gotten right with Him, and say, "God, I know I'm not perfect, but look at all the good I've done." His Word promises you that He'll respond to You by saying, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:22-23). The bad outweighs the good every single time.

Now I'm not saying that any TV show, movie, book, etc. that contains sin of some sort should be thrown out. However, I am saying that, if that particular sin is not portrayed as sin, you ought to remove yourself as far from it as possible and never have anything to do with it again.

Finally, think about what you are supporting when you participate in those things. You, by watching a movie that is advocating some sinful act, might as well be doing that thing yourself. I believe that one of biggest mistakes some Christians make regarding movies is that they will watch an R-rated movie on television and think that it's perfectly fine. They say, "Well, the R-rated scenes were removed when it was shown on television." Who cares?! This may be a faulty example, but after the dents were removed from your car, did that erase the fact that it was wrecked? Of course not. So, even though the scenes are no longer there, you are still watching an R-rated movie. The producers and makers of that movie don't care what excuse you use for watching their movie as long as you watch it. So don't watch it!

Don't use the excuse that you will no longer have anything to do. Remove that garbage from your home and your life, and ask God to replace those things with something pleasing to Him. We are here for Him; not ourselves. If you are a Christian, you claim to believe that also. Act like it.

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