Wow… that’s a broad subject isn’t it? But what I’m speaking of here, is in reference to Philippians 4: vs 8: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, it there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (VS 9: “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”)
The theme of the book of Philippians is, “joy” or “rejoicing in the Lord.” A person who is a Christian will (should!) be different from a non-believer. These verses exhort a Christian to do these things and they will be acceptable to God. Yes, I see the point, but I’ve actually thought of them in a different way, and this is how I apply them (one translation, but many applications) in my life.
On TV, the Internet, the radio, and in life, you will find plenty of filth and vile, disgusting words, photos, movies, and programs. More than enough ugly things in this life than we could look at or listen to in a hundred lifetimes. Seeing and listening to these things do not lift my spirits, nor fill me with the Holy Spirit. What they do is bother me, make me sad, make me angry, repulse me, disgust me, frighten me, confuse me, and fill me with doubt and worry. That is not how I want to live my daily life.
I have noticed that the various detective and crime programs on TV always present a scene of a dead or tortured woman lying in a pool of blood or on a gurney in a morgue. Take note, these are not old, fat, ugly women–no, they are young, pretty, shapely women and usually their background was as a prostitute, stripper, or some sort of unsavory character. These programs appeal to the flesh and I find them exploitive and sickening. No wonder men love to abuse and harm women and these programs are pushing this behavior.
Tragedy and sorrow are on the news daily. Attorney TV shows love to sensationalize these events and discuss the details of the cases over and over–with of course, no resolution. The recent Casey Anthony trial was a perfect example of this type of ‘entertainment’. I truly feel that if one has had an actual murder, suicide, abduction, rape, abuse, or case of child molestation in their life or family, watching these acts portrayed on TV surely would not be found as entertainment.
I have found WordPress.com to also be a culprit in this lack of moral direction… but then, is WordPress as a whole, a Christian platform? I would imagine that WordPress is for freedom of speech… so be it, but I wonder what criteria they follow when determining what blogs should be “Freshly Pressed”? I have come across many so-called ‘sophisticated’ WordPress blogs that are filled with cursing in their daily posts; using curse words almost seems to be their badge of honor–they think it’s hip and cutting edge. One of today’s “Freshly Pressed” selections has a curse word in the blog title. I suppose that is what caught the Powers to Be’s eye. I will say this, “WordPress, I’m not impressed.”
“…and If anything worthy of praise… I prefer to dwell on babies, flowers, nature, a mother and a child, a well designed and constructed object, a beautiful painting, an uplifting story, a person of honor and respect, a beautiful spring day, a peaceful snowfall, a clear mountain stream, a fresh natural spring, the silence in a forest, a bird on wing, the enjoyment of a walk, healthy food, smiles, and laughter. I will …dwell on these things.”