I don't know how many of you remember the children's song but I do. I don't remember all the words, but it goes something like this:
Be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little feet where you, be careful little ears what you hear. There is more to it but I don't remember all of it and it does not really matter. My point to this is that we teach our children that they should be careful what they hear, what they see, and where they go. But, do we take our own advice?
As adults we are past the danger of childish influence, right? Wrong! What we think is good for our kids is good for us too. Of course many parents now days don't even caution their children about what they see, where they go or what they listen to.
As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Think about what that means, He sees what we see, He hears what we hear, He goes where we go. If you are viewing pornography on the Internet or in a magazine or in a movie and you are a Christian, you are shoving this filth in the face of the Holy Spirit. If you are listening to filthy music (of course just because you enjoy the beat, not the words) you are forcing the Holy Spirit to listen to it too. If you are going to evil places you are taking the Holy Spirit with you.
People are very good at justifying the things that they do. They say things like: "I love to dance, and there is nothing wrong with dancing." Well they may be right, but where do you go to dance? Do you go to a local bar, where at the beginning of the evening every other word spoken is the Lord's Name in vain? By the end of the night many couples (most not married to each other) are all but having sexual relations in public? No, there is nothing wrong with dancing, David danced in the presence of the Lord, but think about where you are. Is it somewhere that the Holy Spirit would want to be Himself? If your answer is no then you have no business being there either.
I love what Paul said: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 We are no longer of this world so why should we continue to act like it?
Another point that I think is too often overlooked is this. When you are out acting like the world, who is watching? We have already seen that the Holy Spirit is watching, but who else? What about the person whom God is dealing with? If God is dealing with a person about coming to know Him, one of the things that Satan will do is tell the person that they will cease to have any fun if they become Christians. That turns a lot of people off and away from God. That is our fault many times because we go around without our joy showing on our faces. But it is the other tactic of Satan that I want to address, that is this: When God deals with someone, Satan tries to tell them to discount what they are feeling in their hearts. If during that time period, of God's Spirit moving in their heart, they see you or me (Christians) acting the same way they do, visiting the same 'evil' establishments, using the same vulgar language as they and their friends do, what are they to think? Satan will tell them: "See there is no difference between them and you, except that they carry that 'holier than thou' attitude." Or maybe: "Do you really want to be like them? Out partying all night Saturday and crying at the altar all morning Sunday? At least you are honest about who you really are. They are just hypocrites!"
You know Satan's best attacks contain a little truth. What a shame that many so called Christians give him the ammunition he needs to stop God cold in some people's lives.
Please don't take what I said or the verses from Paul above as license to go sin. I am not saying, nor do I believe Paul was saying that a Christian can go do anything they want including committing sin. He wrote this to the Ephesians and I think it makes it clear how we are to act as believers: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. "In your anger do not sin" : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 4:22-32 Ephesians 5:1-6
If you think you can get technical with God by doing whatever you want because you are now washed with the Blood of the Lamb, then you need to look at what the Lamb (Jesus) had to say: But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. Matthew 18:6-9 Pretty strong words, don't you agree?
This should be a pretty sobering thought to Christians. I am not trying to be legalistic and say that anything you do that could possibly be misunderstood is wrong. I am saying that there are things that on their face might not be sinful but which should not be done because it might make someone else stumble. If you think of yourself as the ambassador of God's Kingdom, being watched in everything, then you will understand how you should live. If you remember always that the Holy Spirit lives in your heart, goes where you go, hears what you hear, sees what you see, you will, if you truly love God, try to live a holy life.
So maybe we should sing a new song: Be careful little Christian where you go, be careful little Christian what you see, be careful little Christian what you hear, for the Holy Spirit is always near. Okay I admit God has not called me to be a song writer but I believe the concept is valid.
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