The conversation was intriguing.
It actually began with the subject of soap operas.
Seems that one time a pastor encouraged his congregants not to watch them
and one of his elderly, more home-bound members was quick to announce
that she and others like her needed soap operas to fill their days.
This tidbit led to the defense of soap operas by one person
and the objection to their moral fiber (or lack of it!!!) by another person.
Of course, this just ignited the conversation further to the immorality
aired before us daily on television.
Now the one who defended soap operas
(are you following all this!!!! LOL!)
talked about a TV show she has quit watching because
she felt convicted by God concerning its immoral content.
At this point, I am almost falling out of my chair.
She won’t watch the show (which is a good thing!)
but her male friend currently resides with her.
The irony of that just dumbfounded me!
Do you have any idea how hard it was for me to just listen from where I was
and not participate in the conversation?
When we confess to be Christians, believers in Jesus Christ, as she does,
we are to be different than the “world.”
The world says it’s okay to cohabitate outside the bounds of marriage.
The world says it’s okay to watch shows where there’s rampant sexual immorality
and language that used to be hidden in the gutters and alleyways.
The world says it’s okay to “hook up” with anyone willing.
The world says it’s okay to fill our minds with filth
through the movies we attend and the books we read.
After all, it won’t really hurt us.
We ALL make mistakes.
I am not picking on this person.
This conversation just made such a good object lesson.
We all are growing in our walk.
None of us are perfect.
I am far from it!!!
That is why we have grace.
But are we choosing to walk in obedience to only those things that appeal to us?
Are we only listening to His conviction when it fits OUR desires?
What is that saying to those who are watching us?
Whether you realize it or not,
the world is watching you if you confess to be a believer in Jesus Christ.
And the truth is, they want to see the genuine article.
People want to see someone willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
They want to see the God-given strength to say no,
to walk away, to lay down our lives, to love unconditionally, fleshed out in everyday life.
It is so rare, but so hungered for.
Lord, we are such a fickle people.
Truthfully, we know so little about Your Word that we’ve
allowed the world to skew our thoughts and decisions.
We’ve become so desensitized to the prodding of Your Spirit
until we fail to even feel Your conviction.
May we hunger to know Your Word, Your truth, Your way
and be willing to follow it at any cost.
Keep us ever mindful that we are Your ambassadors
and You deserve only the best representation.
Thank You for not giving up on us as we desire to grow in Your grace and knowledge.
Thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning and
Your grace that is unending.
Lots of love, Sharon