Whatever is Pure

Sometimes I like to read trashy, mindless novels. Not the kind that evoke romantic emotion or suspense, but just the ones that tell a story, usually about an independent and recently divorced woman who is in the midst of making her life what she wants it to be. Those are the good ones.

I like to watch a few T.V. shows, albeit online. We try to pick decently wholesome and entertaining shows, though there’s probably a question of how wholesome they are on a regular basis.

I don’t like a lot of Christian music. I just think most of what you hear on the radio is really lame and predictable, and stylistically I just can’t dig it. Plus God isn’t lame or predictable. So I listen to what I want.

Sometimes I get bored with regular conversation and gossip is the only way out of it.

And then there’s this:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think about such things.

I don’t really have to dwell on these things in order for them to affect who I am becoming. They don’t even, in themselves, have to be bad things. But little by little, they creep into my heart and I suddenly realize that it’s much easier for me to curse more often. Homosexuality has become hilarious. Kissing someone other than your spouse isn’t really cheating. Gossip is just telling the facts. Jealousy is fine as long as you’re not too violent, and everyone is bitter. It’s just part of life.

My thoughts reflect what I’m reading. My words reflect what I watch and what I hear. And it all comes out in my interactions with other people, with my husband, with my family, with complete strangers. I feel like I can fake it pretty well- I can pull off the sweet demeanor long enough to make you my friend. But if you stick around for long enough, if you really get me going on one topic or another, you’ll see my true heart. And my heart is usually a mixture of what I’m taking in at the moment. Good or bad.

How do you balance being in the world without being of the world? What’s okay and what’s off limits? How do you decide?

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8 thoughts on “Whatever is Pure”

  1. Good question! For me, it becomes about balance because the swinging of the pendulum, fully in the opposite direction, tends to cause me to be to become judgmental and legalistic. Following my self-imposed "rules of purity" becomes an obsession. I have to find a balance with the help of the Holy Spirit.

  2. like everything, i think it depends on the person. for me i can watch television shows and not be extremely impacted by the language and such. but i have a tendency to watch too much television – which is the stronghold for me. as long as i spend more time in His word, i can watch television, but i have to keep Him my priority. otherwise it just doesn't work. as far as music, i think any kind of music can be worship. i don't think it has to be labeled christian music. if it evokes His beauty and such to you, then it is worship. God created every last one of us, and every last thing we create can be good. it just depends on what we do with it.

    more and more, i am finding that i really don't want any part of things that idolize "stuff." shows that i used to watch (like 'gossip girl' – forgive my teenage tendencies) have lost it for me because it is too much about what they wear and how much money they spend.

    some bands you might want to check out (if you haven't already) are: ascend the hill, alli rogers, derek webb, sandra mccracken, and gungor.

  3. Thank you guys for writing. I love reading your blob. Besides being just funny, cute, creative, or entertaining, it has depth. Your writing challenges me and forces me to ponder over things often left untouched. Thanks and keep it up!
    "My heart is usually a mixture of what I am taking in at the moment. Good or bad." Agreed. This is in part why God warns us to guard our hearts. They are taken and shaped by whomever or whatever is allowed to touch them. And this is occurs whether the shaping is done intentionally or not.

  4. I know I am late with this comment, but I thought I would share the band, Mumford and Sons. Not sure if they consider themselves a "Christian" group or not, but with lyrics like the Chorus to "Sigh No More", I think they must be followers (surely you get some points for listening to music sung by Christians, even if it isn't explicitly about God). Not lame or predictable, just honest and beautiful – like you!

    Love that will not betray you,
    dismay or enslave you,
    It will set you free.
    Be more like the man you were made to be
    There is a design,
    An alignment to cry,
    Of my heart to see,
    The beauty of love as it was made to be.

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