Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Unforgiveness (Part 6)
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, Who is the Image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes, to those who say, 'Let God hurry; let Him hasten His work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel-let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
Isaiah 5:18-21 (NIV)
What does media have to do with unforgiveness? Plenty! If a simmering pot of anger yields a thick stew of resentment, too many Christians have eaten the wrong food. ' 'Eat and drink!' he says to you, but his heart is not with you' (Proverbs 23:7). Satan had his cake and ate it, too--catching the faithless and the faithful with one deadly dish: entertainment.
This intoxicating immorality is ruled by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2). For the faithless, it's become a soul-feast called idol worship. For the faithful, it's become a soul-stealer called unforgiveness. Which is more harmful? Only God knows, but His people carry the Cure. However, unforgiveness prevents the treatment.
I feel anger, too. Consider a recent blog in the Christian Post: 'Boycott CBS's 'Mom': Leave it to Hollywood to desecrate motherhood. Rather than honoring the abilities of hard-working, dedicated moms nationwide, CBS instead is glorifying a trash-talking, teen-s_x promoting mom.' * I don't want to watch the show, and I agree with One Million Moms.
On the other hand, cutting off a weed does not eliminate the problem. 'Leaving it to Hollywood' has nourished the tares and choked the wheat. To 'Overcome evil with good' (Romans 12:21), you've got to get into the field. You've got to get down and dirty. You don't have to eat the tares. Neither should you uproot them, because wheat and tares can look a lot alike--and you might be wrong.**
But consider it: Don't missionaries have to enter a field to affect its crop? Don't they have to live among its people to bring a change? 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few' (Matthew 9:37).
Does a huff of righteous anger toward media help its current crew or consumers? Because they don't see, hear or taste anything out of the ordinary. They've grown up with it. It's like eating candy corn: enjoying deadly ingredients for a minute of pleasure. This short-term high is all they have known. So show them something new.
'Seek peace and pursue it' (Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11). Uproot the unforgiveness in your own heart, and get into the field of media. Embrace its workers and fans. Show them love. Show them the fullness of joy you carry. It's called 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35).
To Be Continued...
* Christian Post article on CBS's 'Mom' TV series: http://blogs.christianpost.com/friday-tidings/boycott-cbss-mom-18116/
** The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2013:24-30,36-43&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Unforgiveness series.