Most blogs, speeches, books, etc. are written for a target audience. I write this blog with three audiences in mind:
1) People who are looking for something. They may not know exactly what it is, but they are searching. If something that I write will cause just one soul to ask a question that could lead them to God, then I will count this blog a resounding success!
2) People who are like minded as me. Its always good to see that there is someone else out there who thinks the same way as you do, and another hope I have of this blog is to encourage other Christians who are also struggling through this world.
3) God. This is who its all about. God sees, hears, knows everything. He should be our target audience, not just in our speech or worship, but in everything we do –Colossians 3:17.
Comedian Chris Rock said, “I’m never proper or careful, but I never curse in front of my mother, either.” We certainly need to remember the people we love and respect when we talk, but we need to think about our Heavenly Father much more.
Its impossible for us to control the words the people around us use, but sometimes we are able to control the people who are around us. Unfortunately we can’t control who our employers hire to work with us or who is admitted to the schools we attend.
For those of us who work in or study in a harsh environment language wise, Jesus has good news for us! In Matthew 15:11 He says, “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person”. Or, its not the things that we hear and see that make us bad people, its what we say and do that define us.
This does not mean the we can surround ourselves with un-Godly things intentionally and not repeat what we see or hear and be ok. Paul addresses something similar in Romans 6:1-2. Paul asks, ” Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” In other words, do you intentionally commit sins because we know that God will forgive us? In verse two Paul answers his own question, “By no means!” This same principal can be applied to who and what we expose ourselves to.
One area that Christians fail in, myself included, is music. The radio can be a horrible thing for you and your children to listen too. Good news is there are some wonderful musicians out there that are great to listen to. Two of my favorites are Acappella, and Faulkner University’s Cornerstone.
Tonight in Bible class, we read Galatians 5:19-21.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
What I want you to see is this: “fits of anger”. This is a Christian dad’s blog, meaning I have kids, two of them, 5 years and 3 years. I know that all of you parents out there have had a few (by few I mean thousands) fits of anger, but God’s word lumps those of us with the occasional short fuse with idol worshipers and sorcerers and the like, and look and that last bit again, “will not inherit the kingdom of God”! Yikes! I know what I’ll be working on in the coming weeks.