Garbage In, Garbage Out
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
What you put into your mind determines your words and your actions. It is true that if garbage goes in, garbage will come out. Paul is telling us to program our mind with thoughts that are pure and true. If you are not thinking like a child of God, but are thinking as the world thinks, you are of the world. But those who have accepted God’s gift of grace through Christ belong to another world. Your thoughts should be of His world. Your thoughts should be of the Kingdom of God. As the stated in the Lord’s prayer in Luke 11:2, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The Lord’s will is done in His kingdom and those who belong to Him need to keep their in thoughts in His kingdom. Examine what you are putting into your mind through books, television, conversations, movies, and magazines. Do they fit into the will of God? If not, then remove them and replace them with the things that are of the will of God. Above all read His Word and pray. Ask God to help you identify thoughts that are not of Him and then for power to stop thinking them and replace those thoughts with the truth of His Word. It will take practice, but it can be done for those who know the will of God and have the power of His Spirit to guard and help them.
And a side note to this commentary, why do we automatically put the term, “good Christian” on someone just because they invoke the name of God or Jesus? I am especially talking about those who are music artists (country artists are the worst) – the artists that sing songs that glorify drinking, glorify sex with strangers, say alcohol is as good as God, violence, vulgar living, adultery, etc. Artists who support issues in clear violation to God’s Word . . .THEN they either sing a song that mentions God or Jesus, or they thank God for helping them win an award. Are we so blind, deaf, and dumb as believers that we fall for this garbage? We should be ASHAMED of ourselves! “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16) If 99% of their music and life is spent in worldly things, worldly pursuits, and worldly pleasures – then they say they are a Christian – it’s a joke. These people are NOT Christian. They are deluded by the concept that all you need to do is be a “good” person and believe in God – then you’re a Christian. NEWS FLASH *****Satan believes in God***** Not only does he believe in God, he knows God’s Word better than any of us. Now, does this make Satan a Christian? Well of course not. And it doesn’t make anyone else a Christian.
Let’s pray for these people. They have a chance to make a great impact on lives; to seriously influence this world for God. But the biggest reason is that these folks are risking their eternal soul by thinking they have it right. They don’t. They need Jesus. They need our prayers and love.
He’s a good, good God!