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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More than a Matter of Taste

Judgment is not an arbitrary lashing out from a despotic deity; it is self-inflicted. (A Year with Jesus by Eugene Peterson, page 244).

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:22).

We have to scan our lives to see if there are items within them not of God. Are we watching, consuming, or participating in things that the enemy can use for our destruction? If so, we have to leave them behind--not only for our sake, but for our children, and our children's children. (The President's Devotional by Joshua Dubois, August 19).

We have learned the hard way that censorship does not work.  For example, the discernment of whether a movie has a negative or positive influence upon us is really our decision to make.  For a third party to impose their values on us as adults regarding movie tastes would soon degenerate into absurdity.  For example, violence is a part of both helpful movies as well as those that are harmful trash.   But which is which can be debated endlessly without resolution. 

Therefore the high responsibility redounds to each of us to discern those things which will enrich our lives rather than impoverish them.  Wrong decisions will result in self-inflicted wounds scarring the minds, hearts, and spirits of ourselves and others.  

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