March 2, 2018

Romans 1:29-32… They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, and malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them, but give approval to those who practice them.

            That last statement is particularly alarming. I have tried to not engage in the practices listed by Paul here. But, have I given my approval to those who do? Under the guise of entertainment, we pay advertisers to put shows on T.V. that portray evil in an ‘acceptable’ light. In the past 10 years, “Cop shows” have become more important and well liked. Why would we want to watch the actions of people who have been considered the underbelly of society? Because it is entertaining and the spirit of evil promotes it in our minds. Christians make a bunch of negative noise about x-rated movies, and we should. But, we approve the rating system that gives the X-rating. For many years, we disapproved of movies that did not have the G-rating. That eventually changed to disapproval of movies that had the R or X rating.  Over time, though, the Christian community began to accept the R-rating. If you watch one R-rated movie, you will watch a dozen of them.

            On Wednesday night, our Bible Discussion Group discussed Hebrews 2:1.

Hebrews 2:1… Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

            We labored long over the word, ‘drift’. Apparently, we can ‘drift’ from the truth.  That paints a different picture from ‘intentionally walking away’. We can ‘drift’ if we don’t pay much closer attention to what we should do. For most of us, watching an R-rated movie is a slight drift from the truth. I have paddled quite a bit in rivers. Most of the time I paddle to stay in the current. If I don’t pay attention to what lies ahead or if I misread the current, I can drift into calm water and not be moving any more. It then takes a lot of paddling to get back into the current.  I don’t intentionally drift, but I still do. Look to Jesus.