Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.
And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His Feet behind Him weeping... Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, 'This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.'
In the Bible references above, we learn two things from the Life of Jesus:
1. Things that we ingest cannot defile us: no bad food or naughty TV program. We may spit them out as foul and tasteless, or they may pass through without harming us. We may choose to avoid certain content, but evil has no power over us. By God, it can't pollute His chosen ones.
'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
2. Sinners that we meet cannot defile us: no bad guys or naughty celebrities. We won't spit them out as foul and tasteless, because Jesus told us not to judge them. We must choose to show them love and mercy, so evil will start to loosen its grip. By God, it can't withstand His chosen ones.
'There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance' (Luke 15:7).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The church was wrong for too many years. You mustn't avoid entertainment. You must embrace its entertainers. When church leaders shunned modern media, advising their saints to do likewise, the enemy was given free reign.
God's talents were kept undercover, and you became the light of the church. But Jesus advised differently:
'You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven' (Matthew 5:14-16).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.