I have been going over this topic in my mind for some time. Okay. I have somewhat been avoiding it. It is such a touchy issue. I thought, “Should I go there?” “Lord, isn’t there another who you can use to speak on this?” But, alas, I cannot hold it in any longer. The cost is too great.
I have felt very strongly about what goes into my mind since my latter teenage years. I was a “good” Christian girl, but I listened to terrible music my first year or two of high school. As I sang these harmful lyrics in my car, I would bleep out the curse words, of course. I couldn’t cuss because I was a Christian. It also made the songs easier to remember because that left few words. Horrible. I know… Thus, as I grew in my faith, these were eliminated from my life, and I replaced them with only Christian music. I have found that this was a wonderful decision, but one that came later than I wished. You see, when I am in a store or hear a car’s blaring stereo as it goes down the road, very often, these lyrics flood my mind once again. Over ten years later. They are there. Forever.
As a middle school girl, I was also exposed to pornography. A friend was the first to show me her father’s stash of magazines, and later, another friend showed me my first pornographic video. My heart breaks as I type this. Oh, how I wish these images were not in my mind. I have never struggled with pornography, but the exposure to it alone has altered my brain forever. Forever. There are times when I am cleaning the house or studying God’s Word, and Satan will bring these images to the forefront. He is the evil destroyer. I immediately pray and ask Christ to remove them; often rebuking aloud these assaults. What must a man go through who actually is addicted to this?
Satan is so very clever. He has convinced us that movies, music, and books are purely “entertainment.” We have bought this lie hook, line and sinker. We have justified and convinced ourselves that whatever we do in our “free” time is okay. We can listen to music that is filled with sex, curse words and alcohol. We can read books like “50 Shades of Grey.” We can watch movies such as “Magic Mike.” After all, we aren’t committing adultery or engaging in these acts. It’s just for “fun.” We like the beat. We like the plot.
Please pay close attention. What we put into our minds is very important. These things go into our heart. They become who we are. They stay. Forever. Christ takes what we view, what we hear, and what we do seriously. Matthew 5:28 says, “But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jesus says that just looking with lust is a sin. Certainly, that’s not what the world tells us today. We are to focus on what is righteous. Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.” We are not to be like this world, but to “renew” our minds continually toward “what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) We are to present ourselves “as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” (Romans 12:1) Scripture says this is our “act of worship!” (Romans 12:1)
Are we worshipping God when we have a “girls’ night” to go see “Magic Mike?” Are we honoring God with our minds when we dive into the pages of “50 Shades of Grey?” What about when we post on Facebook how “hot” Edward Cullen is? Please realize that you are your own testimony. God warns us to guard our hearts above all else because it is our source of life. (Proverbs 4:23) Not life in the physical sense, but our eternal life; our relationship with Christ. Philippians 3:12 says, “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.” I know that I do not have it all together, ladies. However, I am seeking after the heart of Jesus right now more than I ever have before. Lord, Jesus, let our hearts and minds be pure and acceptable before you. Give us a holy passion to live for you. Lord, may you truly be our only desire.