Or listen to. Or read. Or watch.
The conviction of trying to keep a pure heart and mind is something that has been weighing on me lately. Romans 12:12 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” What this verse says to me is that we are no longer supposed to do things that this world considers acceptable. We are to change what we watch, read, listen to, even how we treat others.
Why is this? We live in a dark world and we are the light to this dark world (Matthew 5:14). We have to set ourselves apart.
This is not an easy task but Christ never promised that it would be. In fact when He was here on this earth He told His disciples (including us), “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19) From the moment we choose Christ, we choose to be set apart, to be different. We need to read the Bible and find the truth that Christ calls us to, find your convictions and stick with them. Even if sticking to them means being hated by the world (and even those close to you). People will probably treat you unkindly when you say you don’t want to read the book or watch the movie that you consider to have elements that are not Christ-like, but in the end you must decide which is more important, the approval of this world or the approval of Christ.
May Christ’s love and blessings be upon you and yours.