Thursday, 29 December 2011
I absolutely hate when people tell me I'm sheltered. I'm 20 years old, and most people think my aversion to sexual innuendo or images and bad language means I'm sheltered or immature. What's worse is that most of the people that say this to me are my Christianfriends. Are we reading the same Bible? Because this is what my copy says...
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 - "Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil." (Emphasis added...some version say "avoid all appearance of evil.)
Romans 12:2 - "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Proverbs 4:24 - "Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you."
James 1:21 - "Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls."
Phillipians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
I am holding fast to what as good with all the might I have from the grace of God. Why does it seem like none of my friends do the same? If we are to flee from every appearance of evil, why is it that some choose to saturate their minds and hearts with perverse, corrupt, inappropriate, downright dirty things?
We are conforming to the world when we watch the same things they watch, talk about the same things, etc. It is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God that we should not be conformed to this world. So why is conforming so rampant among Christians?
Isn't there anyone concerned about purity out there? I am trying to follow Phillipians 4:8, but it is hard when others around me or not. Should I dump them as friends? Most of the time I try to influence them with my own behavior and good attitude, but times like this when I feel angry enough to write a whole blog, I feel otherwise.
What's more is that people that talk like this around me -- especially guys -- and know how I feel about it aren't respecting me or my feelings. They're supposed to be friends. Right?
Is there anyone out there with the same problem? Or if you tend to be the one making sexual innuendos and using bad language, did you take a moment think things through?