Playing with Fire – part 2

Last time I talked about a TV show I had watched and later the Lord used His word to convict me about some things I’d seen on this show. There’s no need to name the show because it’s the principle that matters. So the Lord used some content on this show to teach me a deep lesson about sin. When I reflected on the passage in Psalm 97 and how holy and pure the Lord is, I immediately thought of a person on this show who delights in wearing clothing that make her look like a prostitute. She made comments that were vulgar. Let’s step back and call it what it was. She was choosing to portray herself as and speak like a whore and I was watching. I couldn’t just equivocate and say it was just TV or she was just being funny. God is very clear – sin is not funny.

“Hate evil, you who love the Lord.” Psalm 97:10
“Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” Proverbs 8:13
“Hate evil, love good…” Amos 5:15
“Let love be without hypocrisy; abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

I think television has fooled us into thinking that because actions are being shown on a screen and not right in front of us in our own living room then we are somehow detached from it and it doesn’t matter and shouldn’t affect us.

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:14-16

The Bible does not talk about us being able to handle evil or tolerate certain sins. God uses violent language against sin and evil. I don’t think we really understand the extent of sin’s evil and destruction. Millions upon millions of animals were slaughtered by the Levites and rivers of their blood could not fully atone for and defeat sin.

It took the brutal death of God’s own Son on a cruel cross to defeat it. This is how much God hates sin. He hated it enough to give up His own Son to die.

To be neutral about sin is not an option. God says to abhor, hate, abstain from sin. To do otherwise is to believe the first lie ever told. “Did God actually say….?” Genesis 3

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