The shrimp – noodle dish was about a week old, I took it out of the refrigerator, didn’t bother to warm it up, and began to eat. As I was eating I thought that it tasted a little fuzzy, but that didn’t give me reason to pause… I kept eating. An hour or so later I was praying the biblical prayer from the book of Jonah, “it is better for me to die than to live.” And, with groanings, I thought I was beyond healing and was ready to pass…
I saw a review of the new movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” At first it sounded like the kind of movie I might enjoy. But then the review said that this movie set a record for profanity and soft-core nudity.
If putting something spoiled into my digestive system can make me so sick I would pray for death as a relief; how much more may my mind be made sick by putting into it something profane? I truly don’t understand why film makers continue to push this envelope and I don’t understand people’s desire to see them. Are we not familiar with the ‘garbage in – garbage out’ principle? Do we not understand that what we see, what we might call entertainment, comes into us and affects us?
Doc Campbell, of “Hee Haw” fame was once confronted by a patient who desperately announced, “Doctor, Doctor, I broke my arm in two places.” The good Doc’s reply was simple, “Well, stay out of them places!” Sin happens when inclination meets opportunity. We cannot continually put ourselves in the presence of temptation without it affecting us. We need to ‘stay out of them places’.
I Corinthians 15 (vs. 33) warns that bad company corrupts good morals. And Psalms 101 (vs. 3) gives good advice, “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.”
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