Thursday, 05 April 2012
Tonight, after Bible study, I was hanging with the guys -- lately I've been the only female to show up at Bible studies. They started to look things up online, looking for laughs. I was watching the funny videos and other content with them until something "not fitting for God's holy people" came up. Then I realized that we didn't know what we could come across, so I tried to suggest that we do something else. When that didn't work, I came out and said that it wasn't right to keep looking. When no one listened, I left, angry. Is this righteous anger?
I'm beginning to realize that when you are committed to obeying God no matter what, sometimes you end up lonely when none of your other Christian friends are obedient in the same way.
Sure, there are "personal convictions," and we shouldn't try to push them on others, but I'm not going to stay completely silent, either. I felt like I should say something tonight, so I did. We are called to be holy and to saturate our minds with the word of God, to think on noble, true, pure, and right things -- so how is that going to happen in our minds and our hearts when ungodly things are competing with them because we allow ourselves to see/hear them?
I was having a great time with my friends, but I realized that I might not be able to hang with them very often anymore if they continue to do, say, watch and listen to inappropriate things.
"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, for these things are not proper for God's holy people." -Ephesians 5:2 (emphasis mine)
I could really use some words of comfort and advice right now, because I hate confrontation, and I feel all shaky even as I write this. I just know that sometimes I'll have to push through that fear if I'm going to ever do anything honorable for God.When have you had to, despite what your friends might say, take the moral high ground? Where is the line of appropriateness when it comes to watching funny videos on the internet? What encouragement can you give those who have to make tough decisions about how they spend their time among friends?