Crank That Flashlight

When you hear a belief or an opinion you do not agree with, ask yourself, “This is definitely not my truth, but can it contribute to my truth? Could this offer any sort of life lesson for me?”

Personally, I believe Jesus is the Christ, and is the way, the truth, and the life, YET I’ve learned so much from people, music, movies, etc. that are not Christian based. I almost cried once driving home once listening to a love song because it made me think of God’s love, and all of a sudden I felt like I was being flooded with his presence. The Holy Spirit can speak through anything he chooses.

I’ve heard many Christians say, “If this movie has one bad scene in it, I’m walking away/turning it off, and there’s absolutely nothing else I can get from this whole movie at all. It can’t speak to me in any way.” Like, come on guys.. yes, the Biblical text is THE highest and purest form of tangible truth we can turn to. And we must to turn to it. We must.

On the same coin, we are not to ACTIVELY infiltrate our mind with stuff that is not pure.

A verse in Ephesians 5 says to “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

We are to think on good things, and watch spiritually pure movies, etc, but the fact of the matter is that we live in a dark world, and often we are going to run across things that host something we don’t agree with. Say you are becoming friends with a new believer, nurturing them with God’s love, and showing them by example what it means to be a Christian. You could be at their house one day and they turn on a movie, that has one bad theme in it. In a fit, are you going to turn it off? Or could you just fast-forward the part and talk about/expose the deeds of darkness and it’s themes, shine a light on them, and enjoy the rest of the movie? The devil’s power has basically no precedence if you’re able to shine a light on it. Because his power “works” the most when hidden.

(I am not disclaiming everything I’ve said so far, but I do have one small disclaimer. If a movie has a character blaspheming Jesus, or deliberately making fun of Christianity, I WILL want to turn it off. That stuff offends me, and makes my heart sad, because Jesus and the religion of Christianity is someone I hold dear. I think most people, Christians and non Christians alike, would understand that, if they are kind people.)

In Ephesians Paul DOES say to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness, but the beginning of that verse says also to have nothing to do with them.

As Paul said, also, in 1 Corinthians 10, things may be permissible, but is it beneficial? This is a question we must never stop asking ourselves. But, as I stated, we live in a world of darkness. There will be times when we’ll accidentally run across things with non Christian themes in them. We should keep our eyes in the Bible as much as possible. But we cannot go around the rest of our lives wearing a sheet over our heads, when we are not looking at the Bible.