Innocence

I read a great article by Andrew Byers, and I wish I had saved the link so I could direct you to it, but he was talking about purity as a Christian in today’s culture of so much violence, sex, and nudity, and what does that look like.

He starts off by talking about how as a Christian culture, we try so hard to be relevant, that we don’t want to be known as “prude”, because then we are afraid of becoming “out of touch”. But then he makes this point:

“Did Jesus say in Matthew 5:8, “Out-of-touch are the pure in heart,” or did He call them “Blessed”?

“Be wise as serpents, and as culture-savvy as the average viewer”? Or is it, “Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves”? (Matthew 10:16).”
~ Andrew Byers

“My point, rather, is that innocence is precious and preserving it is not a vice. It is OK for us to be offended by the offensive. We are not to be moralistic [one who teaches or promotes morality], but we are called to be moral. Scripture beckons us to purity (Matthew 5:8), to wholesome speech (Ephesians 4:29), to honoring the sanctity of the marriage bed (Hebrews 13:4), to discerning good and evil (Romans 12:2). Somehow, we need to learn how to be culture-savvy and yet also innocent as doves.” ~Andrew Byers

It’s ok for something we see on television to offend us, for us to want to turn away from watching something. We shouldn’t be ashamed of saying “I’m not going to watch this”. It’s scriptural. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it should be encouraged and we need to be ok with that.

But he acknowledges that everyone is different, and some people don’t have the same convictions as us… Continue reading

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Strength and Honor

Strength and Honor

Anyone who has seen Gladiator knows this phrase pretty well.

Be strong, have honor. There was a day when people actually thought about such things, when people were moved by such concepts. Today, it’s a line from a movie. We hardly think twice about what it actually means.

What does it mean for us to have strength? Does it mean physical strength? Not specifically. It means you must have strength of the heart and soul and mind. Strength of your convictions & your beliefs. It means you work to grow, to get “stronger” at something. You never stop growing,  you never stop “working out”. It means you might be able to heft large rocks, but you shouldn’t bash people in the head with said rocks for cheap entertainment… No matter how much they may deserve it and how gratifying it might feel…

To be honorable is to respect yourself and others. To do what right for overtone. Honorable men (and women) are selfless, they stand up for the little guy. Honorable men treat everyone with respect. Not just those who we feel deserve it, or those who are easy to respect.

Everyone.

True honor also has integrity. When you say you are going to do something, you do it. If you do something, you do it to the best of your ability. You are honest, caring, and accept responsibility for your actions.

What would the world look like if we all (men and women) started living our lives with strength and honor? I think the world would be a much better place to live.

What about you? What does living with strength and honor mean to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments!