I can’t even scroll through social media without doing a lot of sighing, shaking my head, and saying, ‘I pray for them Lord’. More and more, it seems what we know as evil is being purported as good and those that stand by their Christian moral beliefs are being told they are intolerant. I stopped watching live TV shows a few years ago, instead I’ll TiVo just so I can forward through some inappropriate commercials and/or scenes, some of my favorite shows I stopped watching all together. It seemed that I was being forced to accept as ‘just the way things are now’, but I don’t have to accept anything, I can change the channel or better yet just turn off the TV.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)
So when did this 40 something mom with a nose ring and tattoos become old fashioned? I’ve learned in one of my ‘Christian Homeschool’ Groups on Facebook that when you get over 8k women together, you’re going to have LOTS of disagreements on what’s acceptable and what’s not – as you can imagine, the nose ring and tattoos did not go over well with a lot of them. So I have to realize, we’re all different (maybe this is why there are so many different denominations). One of the debates was whether or not Harry Potter was evil or not (I read the series in 10 days last year, so I was in the not evil group). I can see why some Christian families don’t want it in their family, but when I saw a debate on C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, I was surprised, to say the least. I also saw that quite a few of them choose not to allow their children to watch Disney movies because of the magic.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37 NLT)
I obviously can not judge anyone else for what they choose to allow or not allow their children to be exposed to. This is one of the great thing about this country – it’s a free country (for now at least) so if a parent has decided that something isn’t appropriate for their child, that is their right and I will not mock them – after all that’s what I’d appreciate by those who would think that I’m intolerant.
Do to others as you would like them to do to you. (Luke 6:31 NLT)
So that’s the lesson I learned: we’re all individuals, even if we’re of the same denomination and even if we’re not. I’ve suggested before that we all read the same Bible (actually that’s another thing that is apparently a heated debate topic) but that doesn’t mean we will interpret the Bible the same. I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about the details with my fellow Believers, because the only important part is Jesus.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NLT)