Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

This is a tough one.  Please, if you are reading this, read to the end.  Don’t assume you know what I am going to say.

This subject has been on my mind since and earlier post from a few days ago about the iphone app, “Babyshaker“, anlittle-eyes app that allowed you to shake the phone until the “virtual baby” died.  I didn’t like it, thought is was pretty much a horrible idea.  I still do.  But as I read on some websites there is so much out there that is like this that it is causing me concern.  First let me say that I am NOT one of those people that believe if you play a game with evil in it or listen to music with lyrics about killing, rape and other indecent topics that you will become a serial killing rapist hellbent on destroying the world.  I have listened to my share of what most Christians would call devil music.  I like AC/DC, I even like a little Disturbed now and then.  I have even found my feet bouncing along to an Eminem song or two.  I know, how can I be a Christian and listen to such music?  But the fact remains that I have neither sacrificed goats to satan nor have I shot people from the trunk of a car.  Mostly I listen to Country and Christian music.  I have and continue to read books such as The Da Vinci Code and my favorite author is Matthew Reilly, an author that writes novels that make the Die Hard movies seem boring.  But I also read the Bible and Cristian literature as well as the occasional classic.  I am reading Mark Twain’s, Huckleberry Finn now.  My favorite movie is Braveheart starring Mel Gibson, a movie filled with violence and death.  But I also thought The Passion was incredible and wept like a baby at parts of it.

One thing that does concern me more than others are video games.  I know, your thinking “here we go!”  But hear (or read) me out.  I believe in common sense.  I think things have to pass the common sense test.  And common sense tells me that when companies are creating video games about raping women as a means to aquire a higher score I think our common sense has become uncommon.  Why would they make this game if no one is buying it.  This is a fairly new game and in the report I read everyone on the street that was interviewed had never heard of it and would never buy it.  But, they wouldn’t make it if there wasn’t an audience.

There is so much junk in the world that I don’t believe we can keep up.  While I am against censorship, I am for common sense.  Common Sense would seem to me to dictate that this stuff never gets put on the market to begin with, but that is no longer true.  Everything has become acceptable online, in the movies or in music.  Again, I am against censorship, but I am all for censoring what I and my children view, hear or play.  And thats the point I want to make today.  YOU are responsible for what gets in your head and the heads of your children.  It is your responsibility to sort through and weed out the stuff that you feel is adverse to the way you believe and what is ethically responsible.  I hold companies accountable and so will God, but I hold each of us more severely accountable because the difference between listening to the wrong music, watching the wrong shows or playing the wrong games is a remote or mouse click away.

Check out this passage from the Bible and see what you think,

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”  Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)

While I admit this is not easy and maybe not even possible, it is definitely something to strive for.  I am not saying get rid of everything in your life that is non-biblical, I am still going to watch the Wolverine and Transformer 2 movies this summer.  I am planning to re-read Stephen Kings’ classic The Stand when I am finished with my current book.  What I mean is understand balance.  Just like Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, “Better learn balance. Balance is key..”  We must have balance as well, hopefully the balance scale will be tipped to the “true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” side of life.

Those annoying Capital One ads always ask at the end, “What’s in your wallet?”  Well, I ask you, “What’s in your head?”

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When Your Dead, What Will They Say?

Yesterday Pastor Blaine taught about leaving a legacy when you die. He said that he has done funerals for both people who have done amazing things and left behind people that really loved them and he has also done funerals for people who wasted their lives. The difference is clear, for one who left a legacy the service could last for hours as people get up to share how old so-and-so touched them perfectly. But he said the service for someone who has not left a legacy is not only quick but hard to prepare for. What do you say about a person that was mean-spirited, harsh, critical of others, abusive and/or just a genuinely nasty person? “Well, we have gathered here today to say goodbye to Frank. Frank was a……. well, he did……. um, he, uh, well, uh- he died.”

braveheart.jpg One of my favorite movies ever is Braveheart with Mel Gibson. Excellent movie, not for the kids though. Much action and violence. Anyway, at the end William Wallace is in prison and about to be tortured and killed and the gal he loves visits him and she goes on about how he shouldn’t have to die and he says the one of the best lines ever- “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

That is “TRUTH”. We all die, not all of us live. I would also say, we are all Alive, but we are not all living life to the fullest. Jesus said in John 10:10 “I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.” Or, in my own words, life to the maximum. This doesn’t mean life will be rosy and sweet, but that it will be full, full of emotion, full of chances, adventure, excitement, discoveries, and most important of all, love.

At my funeral I want people to say that I lived life to the max and that I loved big. What do you want people to say about you at your funeral? What needs to change in your life before it is too late and your number is called?

Remember- He who dies with the most toys still dies. Leave a legacy, not a garage sale.