If I look around, it is everywhere. No one is immune. The Christian doesn't often see their own alliance with the sneaky, slithering, strength-sapping sin. The most committed of all of us walks this way, probably every day. It makes us grieve the Spirit that lives in us, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. And it muddies the waters of our testimony like murky river water is stirred in a storm.
So someone came out with WWJD, (What Would Jesus Do) and it became little more than a money-making product of the money-changers. It exploited the message and made it of little effect until it started to die away. But there was truth in that message.
What would He do? What would He say? What would He watch, listen to or read? If you know Him—you would know. The Holy Spirit in you would convict you unless you are not listening. Would He watch the movies or TV shows we do? Would he play your video games, or read along with your books, articles or news stories? Would he surf the sites you surf? Listen to the music you listen to? Would he be happy to see you wasting your time, addicted to things that grieve Him?
I would venture to say that most of the movies, TV and best selling books out there would make Him turn away, sorrowful and in grief. Even many of the so called "Christian" ones. Some of the Christian best selling books are physically sensual, grossly violent, Biblically way off-base and some add untruths of men to the truth. It's like leaven, like yeast, you put a little in and it permeates the whole loaf. It takes over.
So how do we handle this enigma of compromise? The same way He did. He called it for what it was—sin and made no bones about it. He didn't mince words. It cost Him His life but that was His plan. It might cost us ours but are we greater than The Master?
The answer of course is to follow His commands. I am not saying the 10 Commandments but the elaborating on them that He did. The understanding that He gave us of the heart of the matter, Matthew, chapters 5-7 for starters. The word of God gives us our standards—not the world.
Part II Coming Soon