Purity Of Heart

pink-1512231__180     Christians are told to guard our hearts and to live pure and holy lives.  Yet, we live in a time when entertainment is filled with violence, sexual content, nudity,  filthy language, and profane language that takes God’s name in vain. For those who make no claim to seeking God and wanting to be more like Him, watching a movie or a TV show, or playing a video game that includes these things may not create a problem. But for the Christian there is a huge problem in seeing a movie filled with these things. There is a disconnect between out claim to want to be holy and pure like God, and sitting in front of a screen to view a naked woman or a naked man. The claim that we long to be like God and see Him one day is not compatible with our actions.

John Piper * drives this point home  when he writes,

“I want to see and know God as fully as possible in this life and the next. Watching nudity is a huge hindrance to that pursuit. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The defilement of the mind and heart by watching nudity dulls the heart’s ability to see and enjoy God. I dare anyone to watch nudity and turn straight to God and give him thanks and enjoy him more because of what you just experienced.

Jesus gave a warning that a man should not look at a woman with lustful intent, and the man who does this has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Do we really believe that seeing a naked woman on the screen — or a naked man — poses no desires to sin in the minds of Christians?   Can we imagine that Jesus Christ would say “go watch a naked woman or a naked man engaged in a sex scene on screen — that poses no threat to sinning with your heart…go and enjoy.”   Can you seriously imagine that He would say such a thing?”

Christians need to give serious thought to the language they hear in their entertainment. Are we really comfortable with the foul language? With the vulgar and coarse things that are said? Are we really comfortable with hearing the precious name of the LORD taken in vain?

We teach our children the song, “O’ be careful little eyes what you see. O’ be careful little ears what you hear. For the Father up above is looking down in love…”   Do we no longer need to be careful with what our eyes see or our ears hear once we reach adulthood?

We have the responsibility to guard our hearts because from our heart flows who we are.

Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.–Proverbs 4:23

” A good person produces good from the good treasure of his heart, and an evil person produces evil from an evil treasure, because the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.”– Luke 6:45

May we all store up good treasure in our hearts, so that from that good treasure we can produce good for the Master. Let us determine to guard our hearts, to keep them pure, to live for King Jesus rather than following the crowd.

If we want to see God, we will guard our hearts and keep them pure.

* This reference to John Piper is not a full endorsement of all he writes or preaches.

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