The next time you watch a movie or turn on TV, see if any of the following themes are prevalent:
1. Accusational humor
2. Abounding sexual innuendos
3. Profuse profanity
4. Blatant disregard for God
5. Senseless violence
6. Themes of curses and hexes, revenge, hatred and retribution
7. Social acceptance of sexual Biblical perversion including fornication
We need not wonder what is happening in the world when we look at the trends of the entertainment industry. There are consequences for filling our minds with these things. It can be hard to live in God’s balance. Some shows require a prayer to cleanse our minds of certain images.
In the midst of this, both in the 1st century and 21st century, God calls us to His standards of holiness. “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” 1 peter 1:15 In Godly cultures, Goldly people don’t stand out much. In Godless cultures, people pursuing holiness start to stand out. Like stars, they become visible in the darkness.
I know I do not see myself as always holy, or even as living up the best I could be at all times. What I do try to do is surround myself with people that hold me accountable to Godly standards. I try to fill my mind with things that are positive and constructive toward leading a holy lifestyle.
Paul challenges us to “walk as children of light. For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10
Becoming people of mature faith is the process of inviting the Holy Spirit into our decisions of conduct. Adhering to His standards for our lives puts us on a journey toward holiness.
Lord, show me where and how I can pursue holiness in my world today.