It’s been years (and five kids) since I was hip. And even then . . . probably not so much. That the VMA’s came around without me knowing isn’t that big of a deal. But I digress.
Let me just ask, should Jesus’ followers really be watching that stuff? I mean, what does that do for your witness when you’re participating in the discussion (at work or school the next day) about what Miley Cyrus was wearing (or not wearing); or what Kanye West did or said to get more attention? Isn’t there greater integrity in being able to say, “nah, I didn’t see it. Not my thing.”
Brothers and sisters, at some point we really do need to put our foot in the sand when it comes to upholding the standards of living that brings the most positive attention to Jesus. I mean, that’s really what this is about. Will watching that, doing this, saying that or going there make Jesus look good when people find out that I am one of His? I’ve got to be able to answer that question honestly.
That’s a really good reason to hold yourself to a higher standard. But that’s not the only reason. So let’s say that you watched the VMA’s and whatever crazy outfit Miley Cyrus had on; are you more transformed into the image of Christ because of that? Or was that you conforming yourself to the behaviors and customs of the world?
I’ll leave you to wrestle with Paul. Soak in what he’s saying and maybe even spend a few minutes praying over the scripture. See if the Holy Spirit doesn’t have a word for you.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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