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Monday, August 11, 2014

Let's Not Be Soft-Core Christians

TV viewing for Christians, ungodly TV, soft-core porn on TVMost modern TV shows would have qualified as soft-core porn fifty years ago. 

They mock God's design of purity, commitment, love and marriage; and they glorify profanity, violence, and empty values (Romans 1:18-32).

But we spend hours watching them every day, weakening our consciences, wasting our time, and damaging our witness.*

It's a serious sign of moral decay when women enjoy pornography that glorifies their abuse (e.g. "50 Shades of Grey"). But it's equally disturbing when we Christians enjoy watching ungodly TV shows (Matthew 5:13-16).

We need to hang these instructions above our TV screen:

"live as children of light ... and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret."   Ephesians 5:8-11

Do you need to evaluate your TV viewing for the sake of the Gospel? I do.

* We know the effects of hard core porn (7 Negative Effects of Porn) but soft-core also affects our lives. See Psalm 101:3-5Matthew 5:27-28, Philippians 4:8 from last week's Bite Size study (insights below "Additional Study"). If we're seeking to please God (Ephesians 5:10), we'll be offended by the things that offend Him.

Additional Study

1. Do you know the famous Bible character who serves as a warning against entertaining ourselves with naked people to whom we are not married?

2 Samuel 11-12:20

Even though this man repented of his sins and his relationship with God was restored, he bore the consequences for his sin the rest of his life.

Bible Study

In blue are insights from last week's study The Only Opinion That Matters.
1. Why are books like "50 Shades of Grey" harmful?

Psalm 101:2-3: I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. 3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. 

LA Times;  Academy of Women's health.
The Psalmist talks about certain aspects of living a "blameless" (godly) life, and the first he mentions is not looking at anything vile. Next he talks of hating things that godless people do. The purpose of pornography is to stimulate sinful thoughts and desires. It glorifies perverse uses of God's gift of sexual intimacy.

Even if pornography is depicted as sex between married persons (which it rarely is), it's inappropriate. We wouldn't go peek in a neighbor's bedroom window. 

Matthew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

Jesus makes it clear in this passage that even if our thoughts never result in action they can be sinful.

And actions always begin with thoughts: people who view pornography are more likely to act immorally than those who don't.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

Pornography is the opposite of what we are called to think about. It is false, ignoble, wrong, impure, ugly, deplorable, disgraceful, and shameful.

2. Do something to help retain the message of 2 Corinthians 10:5. 
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2 Corinthians 10:5: "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

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