What’s in your bucket? Part 1
1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’”
Most of you probably make a conscious effort to hang around other followers of Christ. This is good, as they will help you uphold your morals, give you accountability, encourage you, and allow you the chance to do all the same back to them. Then, contact with people that are a bad influence is limited (note: limited, not removed – how else will they find Christ and change? Bring Christ to them!) : why do we do this? I think we all know the reason, as we’ve all probably went through this situation – either your parents told you to stop hanging around someone due to the negative change they saw in you, or you told that to your kids (if you have any). Again, this is good, but we’re going to dig deeper with this concept.
Influence doesn’t have to come from a person, but can be from forms of media, right? I think so. Again, we’ve all probably dealt with this: either your parents said you can’t watch a show anymore because you took something negative from it, or if you’re a parent, you probably have had to ban a show or two because of some way it affected your child. Same deal with music. Overall, many of us realize the possible negative impact media can have, and do monitor somewhat. That is good – but do we go far enough? Honest assessment now: have you ever continued to watch or listen to something that contained something you know is wrong, even slightly wrong, just because it didn’t seem like a lot of influence? (ex: “they only used the f-word once…” or “there was only one real quick scene with a bit of skin” or “it’s not too bloody”). I’m guilty of that.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that our body is not ours, but is a temple for the Holy Spirit within us. This will start to put things in perspective as to why we need to go so far to defend our mind. Do you think it would be acceptable for there to be casual swearing in church? I’m not saying we should ban people who still swear, not at all – but would we allow swearing in the church building? I hope not. What about a poster of someone revealing ‘only a little skin’ pinned to the wall in the sanctuary? Of course we wouldn’t allow that. In case you are thinking ‘but that’s different!’, it really isn’t. Both are temples for the Holy Spirit, and Christ Himself is there in it. One is just bricks and wood and concrete, the other is flesh and blood and bone.
In part two of this post, we have an activity that will let you analyze what comes into your mind and what effect it has on it.
The BOTTOM LINE: What you let into your mind slowly affects who you are.