05 January, 2006

What Part of "Do Not" Are We Not Understanding?

The cockroach tends to get your attention, doesn't it?

I have used this Power Point slide in my announcements at church and several have told me that it was really gross.
Well, that is the point.
It is supposed to draw our attention to the filth that we bring into our homes and lives, and that these things are disgusting in the site of our Lord.
We really need to stop and think about what we are bringing into our homes. Especially through the television and even music.
I am stunned by the numbers of Christian people who tell me that they and their families watch programs like Queer Eye For the Straight Guy or other shows.
I have been told things like, "I know it is a show about gay men, but it is so funny."
So let me get this straight.. as long as we are laughing at it, that somehow makes it ok? I don't think so.
And what about these reality shows where they swap wives, or what ever they do? (I don't know, because I have never watched any of them, and have no desire to do so.) But, when did it become acceptable to bring the thing that is detestable in the eyes of the Lord into our homes, so long as we are laughing at it?
Christians have ever so gradually pitched our tents toward Sodom, and the allure and sounds from Sodom are drawing people inside the gates of the city.

Recently I met a couple who professed to be Christians, and as we sat and talked, they asked me my views on various topics. They began to ask questions about my views of sex within marriage. Then they proceeded to tell me how that they use pornographic movies as a means of foreplay and wanted to know how I felt this. I am not going to take the time and space on here about my response right now, but suffice it to say, they did
not like my answer. Of course they responded with indignation and told me that I was legalistic and that the Bible says the marriage bed is undefiled... and so on.
My point in sharing this is again to ask... When did it become acceptable to Lord? How is it we have found ways to make excuses to bring the filth of the world into our homes? One can attempt to justify this type of behavior, but it is a fact, the Body of Christ is quickly losing the idea of holiness.
I am the first to jump up and say that in the past, the church had a very legalistic idea of what holiness is, but the pendulum has swung so far the other way as the church cries out freedom and liberty... that I think that Christ might be hard pressed to find his bride without spot or wrinkle today.


Amy said...


Phil Hoover, Chicago said...

Well, Pastor Garrett, you have indeed hit the nail on the head in many respects.

But television isn't the only medium where many believers have erred.

If only that were so.

Darrell said...

I agree with you completely Phil. I was only using the television as an example. An exhaustive list of things and areas where we grieve the heart of God might be interesting to look at... but painful too.