How many movies, TV shows and songs do you watch or listen to? Are they all wholesome? People like to think they are fine but really these questions must be asked. The amount of entertainment that goes through our “filters” is crazy. We are daily bombarded with ads, coarse language, sex, drugs and other harmful things, but how much of this stuff passes through our filters. Today’s society seems to be immune to the unhealthy scenes that regularly pass before our eyes. Are our filters slowly being clogged?
The Bible says many people will be deceived, however if our filters are clogged, how are we to see through Satan’s disguises?
Matthew 24:11 says, “And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.” The Bible says many people will be deceived, however if our filters are clogged, how are we to see through Satan’s disguises? Similarly Matthew 7:15 says, “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.” Satan is a very deceptive adversary and has plenty of ways to trip us up. Our filters need to be cleaned and thoroughly efficient.
Thankfully God offers us a free cleaning system; it’s called the Bible. As Ephesians 5:26 puts it, “to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word”. No matter how big your filters are or how small, God can clean every part of them for FREE! God has paid the price to redeem us from an empty and corruptible life. As Peter says: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver” (1 Peter 1:18).
If we are to be ready for the soon return of our Lord and Saviour, we need to get the “Great Plumber” in. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 says there is no other way but to get Him to clean our filthy filters and “he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (1 Peter 5:10b).
* Bible quotations are from the New Living Translation.
Daniel Watts wrote this piece during a week of work experience with RECORD.