Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
The Corruption Of Words
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)
I experienced the enlightening misfortune of sitting in an airport next to a loud TV. The blaring show was Dr. Phil. Maybe 20 times in 20 minutes I heard the all-too-common word: s_x. It might not bother you at all. Since media is your business, you've probably heard it thousands of times.

But I call that 'inoculation': 'The introduction of an agent of disease into an host organism or a growth medium' (American Heritage Science Dictionary). Could you be a host organism? Surely entertainment is a growth medium.

Since the 14th century, the definition of 'sex' has been 'gender'. Its meaning began to change with the 'free love' movement of the 60s. Add in decades and decadence, and the word s_x is almost completely corrupted. A product of the inoculation of this corruption is the desensitization of our children.

'Lovemaking' (biblically and historically considered a gift within the sacred covenant of marriage) is now called s_x, and there's nothing sacred about it. Along with s_x comes lust--which is attempting a similar takeover move by the corruption of the word 'love'.

We're in the middle of a raw race, and mud is thick on the track. This track covers the world; its name is the World Wide Web. Those running the track are sleek and beautiful. People call them stars. The stars and their fans are accustomed to mud-slinging; clean is a whole new thing--especially in media.

Enter actors, models, and talent for Christ. You're on the same track, but you're above the crowd. Some call it lift. I call It the Holy Spirit.

My plea to God's stars is to understand this race. Words, sights, and sounds are your business. But instead of giving a spellbinding performance, give a spell-breaking one.

Stay out of the muck. Lift God's standards higher. Be clean. Avoid the corruption of words.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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