“What Ever Happened To Feeling Ashamed For Sinful Acts ?”
Before I arrived back in the USA recently, I had already been made aware and as well warned of the growing problems not only economically, but as well socially and spiritually in America. I was informed by concerned Christians and friends that what I would be returning to would be very disappointing. Unfortunately, they were correct. Don't get me wrong, I was glad in a way to get back home safely without being murdered by a police officer as I was informed several years before that I would be. I was in fact giving God all the glory for being there for me even when sleeping overnight in the airport my first day back(due to a flight cancellation). While in the airport, I was able to view a lot American national news on TV. Later on, when I was invited to a home to stay for a few days, I was handed a remote control for the (cable) TV and was allowed to “watch what ever I want(ed). “ I'll be very honest and frank, I was appalled and disgusted in what I was viewed. My friends who had warned me about American values slipping deeper into the abyss were sadly, and absolutely 100% correct. I couldn't believe the language, near nudity, violence and above all else, the brainless and heartless acceptance by many Americans all around me, acceptance of what is being produced for television these days. “Garbage” is the word that came to mind actually when thinking about what is on TV.
Reflecting a bit more not so much about what is displayed on TV but rather of the hearts of people, I have to ask, what ever became of “shame”? People seem to be shameless these days. Nudity, disregard for human life and profane words spew out of people's mouths on and off the TV screen and few apologize or have a sense that what is being said or heard is offensive to God. People used to be embarrassed or shameful if they were caught in such events mentioned earlier. I mean, when was the last time you seen someone blush when there was a scene of passionate kissing, sexual scenes and the like on TV ? Have we really “gotten over our sexuality” ? or is it instead the reality that satan has desensitized us by bombarding us with so much “garbage” for so long, that it has brought us to think that God is some how “OK.” with having a toilet tongue and other things we see on TV?
These are important questions for all of us because what we ingest(not just food) with our eyes and ears will and does have an effect on all of us a society. God has put some Bible Scriptures on my heart and I want all of us to reflect upon them for not only the good of our souls, but also the good of our children, families, nation and world;
*1 Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. “
This Bible verse speaks directly to every person who will acknowledge God. The Word of God implores us to “Awake” to God's ways, His righteousness and then activate His ways in our lives. To “awake” means that we have fallen asleep to God's precepts and that we walk about and do things in a slumber(also read http://blackroberegimentpastor.blogspot.com/2011/08/spirit-of-slumber_6613.html ). God has a way that is contrary to our “flesh” so the Bible speaks. What is also described as flesh in the Bible is the “sin nature” that attracts us to “garbage” television programming and the more we view this stuff, the more we get comfortable living “in the garbage dump.”
*Ezekiel 16:63 “That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.”
That again, if we truly belong to God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will never stop trying to give you notice of what is of God and what is of satan and or the flesh. We can dull our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's warnings and prodding(kind of an alarm) however by ignoring those warnings but God does not quit sending us messages about what is good or bad for us.
*Colossians 3:8 “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, from your lips.”
This Bible passage is not a suggestion, it is a directive to all of God's people. All negative personality and fleshly/sinful issues listed above are equally important in matter of negativity but please take notice of the last two items listed; “ slander, and filthy language.” If we are not to have these bad character traits within us, how much more that we should not subject ourselves(purposely) to those things by watching them on the “tube” ?
*Luke 9:23 “And he said unto all, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
The appalling TV programs and those negative things that draw us away from God can only be accomplished through following a course that includes the cross of Christ. Americans have gotten into a habit of demanding “rights” without also upholding the God given responsibilities that go along with those rights. Many of our Founding Fathers knew that God was part of the equation so as not to drift off to evil as many television executives seem to have done(and drag us off along to hellish things with them).
A good dose of shame and repentance is due in America(around the world for that matter). Evil has run a muck for way to long. The devil has taken control of many hearts and minds through the use of “garbage” TV among many other things.
Say yes to wholesome talk and things of God, say NO! To the devil and the TV Producers who air garbage on TV ! Write or e-mail them and remind them of God's Word in Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
You can find Television Company Contact Links at http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/networks/main.asp
via Parent's Television Council.