This is a topic that definitely has been discussed multiple times in my comments and by other bloggers.
Growing up in the church, I truly was of the mindset that people will get convicted differently. Today, I still think there are somethings that people will be convicted of differently, but it is not what a lot of people think.
What do I mean by that?
Conviction– Is a belief or it is something that is found to be guilty.
The way I was taught about conviction is basically when a person repents of their sins and follows Jesus, as they draw closer to Him they will naturally be convicted over and over to give up certain things of this world.
Conviction is part of the refining process. Through Jesus Christ, we become a new creation. The old has died and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We are to follow in the footsteps of Christ. In the same way the rich man was told to sell all he had and follow Jesus, we are told to let go of the things of the world’s sin, dying to our flesh daily, and follow Christ. (Matthew 19:20-23, 1 Corinthians 15:53-54, Romans 8:03, 1 Peter 2:21)
There is a mindset that some believe people can keep on doing certain things until they receive a “feeling” of guilt or conviction. To an extent, I think some people will have different convictions in things that they give up that others may not. HOWEVER, these things, to begin with, ARE NOT SINFUL!
Sin is sin, we can’t argue that.
The main struggle I see in the world is that today’s Christians are hell-bent (to be stubborn and recklessly determined) to define for themselves what is sin and what isn’t sin.
Sin has already been determined, there’s no debate. Period. Not when it comes to God. He already has clearly told us what is sin. The problem now is because we are attached to our routines, our shows, our friends, our outings, books, music, movies, language, murders, crimes, “love”, sex, fantasy, supernatural, magic, vanity, lies, deception, witchcraft, etc. We want to proclaim now, “Well, someone can watch porn and that’s okay because they aren’t convicted.”
For the record, you do not have to go to a porn site to see porn. I’ll say it… Game of Thrones. Fifty Shades. ANY SCENE WITH SEX INCLUDING THOSE “OH SO CUTE” ROMANTIC COMEDIES!
For the record, I used to love rom coms. I also used to be really into The Big Bang Theory show. But the cursing, sex, sexual jokes, making fun of Christians, taking God’s name in vain, etc. It’s all unwholesome, no matter how many excuses I tried to give myself, and God. I DO NOT NEED CONVICTION TO KNOW WHAT IS SIN!
And that was hard to accept.
As a writer, I love and appreciate backstory. I love twists and turns in stories. Well developed characters, yes! But when there is anything unwholesome in a show, movie, book, song, video, discussion (ladies…gentlemen…), whenever it’s unwholesome…it’s sin.
While I do think it is possible to talk about some of these subjects in a wholesome manner that leads to Jesus, you know when these topics are not made for Christians. I think if we are digging for “symbolism” through secular means that’s kind of a stretch.
We are told to be set apart. We do not have to be part of the world’s media to stay “up to date” with others. Our actions and life are more of a testament than what we have in common with the world.
There are shows that are rated PG and G that are sinful, too. A commenter a while ago once brought up how children’s shows can have very disrespectful children, and yes, that’s true, being disrespectful to parents IS a sin. Did you know that back in the day, Old Testament, children who were disrespectful repeatedly could be killed? (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
Even though Christ can take the sin of disrespect through forgiving us when we repent, no less does it dampen or weaken that the sin itself is still evil.
Just because the world waters down sin, does not, at any time, mean God views sin differently.
I know some people may be tired of me constantly bringing up sin, conviction, and media, but our world is saturated in sin, and the media is saturated in sin. Our modern world is consumed with media. That’s why I talk about it. Also, the fact many feel they have to defend their actions to me… that might actually be conviction right there.
Conviction is a not good feeling. The thing is conviction tends to happen more often WHEN WE ARE DRAWING CLOSER TO CHRIST! The way Christians act today. “When I get convicted then I will know to surrender, submit, and draw closer to Christ.” This is truly a dangerous territory to be walking in. We have forgotten our first Love for another.
Scripture does not say wait until we receive knowledge or a “feeling” on what is a sin. Scripture says RUN to Christ and that Christ, HIS WORD, teaches us what is sinful. Evil, darkness, and sin are not hidden from our eyes! Yet, we are the ones with scales that need to fall!
At the end of the day, at the end of a person’s life, no one is coming to me and this blog post for their eternity. It’s not about what I say, but what Jesus says. The Abider who intercedes for us. The Comforter who takes all of our accusations of sin through forgiving us and repentance in our soul.
It’s about you and Christ. How you are living for Him? How I am living for Him?
What are we truly doing with our time?
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