On Becoming a Man of Action or Doing the Hard Things

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth, and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, that can save you.  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”     – James 1:21-22

I’ve always liked James.  James and Hebrews… now there are two books that won’t let you be comfortable in your faith.  You see, I like being comfortable.  I like enjoying movies, TV shows, shred metal (Dragonforce is pretty much awesome), and other worldy things, but there’s a problem:

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”     -James 4:4

It’s a little harsh, but if it’s true, than what does it mean?  It doesn’t mean don’t love the worldy people around you.  Jesus commands us to love one another, and to look out for one another.  But to be Godly men and women, we have to be weary.  Do not allow Satan to distort your mind and distract you from what is true.

A good friend just let me borrow Firefly and Serenity.  I loved the action and the concept (sci-fi space drama meets old western style gun-slinging!), but after watching the pilot I felt the Holy Spirit convicting me.  While the show is pretty funny, there are aspects that are completely inappropriate:

  • Semi-sexually explicit (Ephesians 5:3)
  • Violence and killing (Exodus 20:13)
  • Rebellion against the government (Romans 13:1-2)
  • Stealing (Exodus 20:15)
  • Lying (Exodus 20:16)
  • Cannibalism
What this is coming down to is denying myself.  Denying the ungodly pleasures that I indulge.  I will not be perfected until I give in, and realize that what I watch and listen to does matter.  Hollywood has desensitized us to these things.  Just about every show and movie that comes on has some degree of violence, sex, deceit, theft, etc.  The same goes for music.  What we take into our body affects our hearts, and
out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
-Matthew 12:34
I am truly working on this part of my life, and I encourage anyone reading this to do the same.  Do the hard things, and give up the pleasures of this world that are contradictory to what God has for his children.  That’s all for now.
“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, forever.  Amen.”     -Galatians 6:18

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