Who Sets The Standards We Live By?
For those who are Christians, one might answer that Jesus set the standard of how we are suppose to live. That is a good answer and a true one but it is not prevalent in many believers’ lives today. Let’s say tomorrow you and your family for some reason will be moving to a state out west somewhere. Along with that there will be no church in the city you will be moving to. Without telling anyone you are a Christian will they be able to tell there is something different about you and your family by how you live?
We are called to be in the world but not of the world? Has anyone heard that before? Now what exactly does this mean? Well first of all to carry out the Great Commission we cannot completely separate ourselves from the world or that would make it near impossible to tell others about Jesus. On the other hand we are not to be just like everyone else. That my sound like there is a fine line to walk here but it is not that fine.
It is much easier to let someone else set our standards than to have to think about everything we do at all times. One example of this is in the movie industry. Because there is an R rating on a movie and we are over 18 does that make it ok to see? The World says yes. Would we allow our children to see the movie? If we wouldn’t then why? Because the World says they are too young? If that is the reason then we have just allowed the World to set our standard for us. Maybe we say the reason is because of the inappropriate content of the Movie. So just because we are adults does that make the content ok? Does this not set a double standard? It is not just R-rated films but some PG and PG-13 rated ones as well. There are sights on the Internet, Christian movie review sights, where you can read everything there is about a particular movie before going to the theatre.
1st Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “ Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple” A little later on in Chapter 6 and verse 19 scripture says, “ Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body”. Our eyes and ears are windows to that temple. We teach our kids that to use profanity is wrong and they are not allowed to speak it. Do we then allow them to go see a movie that has profanity in it? One might say, “well there were a few bad words in the movie but the message was a good one”.
If this coming Sunday morning during the worship service you heard your Pastor use one word of profanity would that be ok so long as the message was a good one? What would you think? How we act and think inside our churches should be the same outside the walls.
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Great article! But why did you not think to judge G-rated movies? Surely, by accepting G-rated movies, you're using the movie industry's standard. The human heart can bring sinful thoughts to even G-rated movies. Only God's Holy Spirit within us can tell us if a movie is right for us, not a G rating. But great article, overall.