Does it Matter What We Watch or Listen to as Christian Women?
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “garbage in-garbage out” in reference to what we eat, watch, or listen to?
I have seen many women who were perfect pictures of health. These women only ate locally organic grown food, drank purified water, and ran 4-5 miles daily.
Their physical bodies were healthy in the medical sense, but when it came to their sources of what they fed themselves emotionally, spiritually, and physically they were not.
The phrase, “you are what you eat” should also be applied to what we watch, read, and listen to as well.
Even mindless entertainment is not harmless.
What message is your source of entertainment feeding you?
What we subject our eyes and ears to does have a direct impact on us. Little by little, we can become blind to the truth.
Whether it is watching shows that glorify sinful behavior such as living together, using drugs, or sex outside of marriage; it impacts us.
The bottom line is that you will have a difficult time discerning what the truth is if you are exposed to garbage.
Why It Matters What We Watch, Read, or Listen to…The Dangers of Choosing Unwholesome Media
Consistent exposure to unwholesome media does have an effect on our minds our hearts.
- We begin to accept worldly things as normal or even okay: sex before marriage, violence, affairs, drug use, getting drunk, or porn use.
- Our world view becomes cynical. We often begin to question our pastor or Scripture on Biblical truths. Cynicism is that sneering bitterness toward all things true and deep.
- We become addicted to being entertained. Binge-watching Netflix, DVR’ing an entire season, or losing sleep to stay up and watch a show is a sign of an addiction.
- We develop a secular view of the world. When the main thing we fill our minds with are godless versions of reality, it is easy to see the Bible and Christianity as irrelevant to human interactions and “religion” as only belonging in church (if anywhere).
The Truth Shall Set You Free
Truth won’t set you free if you are filling your mind, body, and soul with garbage. Just like you won’t become healthy if you continually sit on your couch chowing down on Twinkies and potato chips.
The battlefield for sin begins in your mind. Don’t believe the lies about sin. Sin will take your soul piece by piece until it has conquered you and stolen your heart.
Don’t believe the lies. Satan is the master of lies. He will always infuse some sort of truth in with lies to make the more believable.
What lies are you believing?
The truth shall set you free, but you must conquer that sin first in your mind.
Begin with truth, and that is that we need the Word. Not just a handpicked verse that accomodates our current situation but the living breathing Word of God.
The Word needs to become a part of who we are. We need to read it, believe it, and meditate on it.
If we are not familiar with the Word by studying it, then we won’t know what to do when something is not the truth.
When Satan comes along with a lie, we will know that that something is not right but because we’re equipped with the truth (the Word of God) we can use discernment to handle the situation and not allow the garbage inside our hearts.
Be careful of what you listen to, watch, or read. Use wisdom to be able to discern if it is wholesome enough to ‘consume’ into your mind and heart.
It does matter what you watch, read, and listen to because we are all susceptible to what we consume in the form of media, movies, and literature. We all have struggles and temptations in our lives, and certain sources make make us more likely to sin.
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
What Jesus is saying is that we need to take drastic action to avoid putting ourselves in situations that will cause us to sin.
BUT, I DON’T FEEL CLOSE TO GOD….
What can you do if you want draw closer to God and avoid sin and temptations?
First of all, just because we don’t ‘feel’ close to the Lord does not mean He has forsaken us.
Often it means that our heart is clouded with other distractions causing us to become derailed in our spiritual walk.
By using the P.R.A.I.S.E Method outlined below it will allow you draw closer to God, even if you don’t feel like you are.
Fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. (1 Timothy 1:18-19)
Finally, brothers, 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. (Philippians 4:8)