This month, the question we have for you is this..."Are you man enough to take the PG Challenge?" Read on to find out!!
I have found the best way to grow deeper in my walk with God and become the man He wants me to be is to take a passage of Scripture and then find practical ways to apply them to my life. That is what we are going to do this month. So let’s look at Paul’s words in Phillipians 4:8.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This is a verse many of us have heard before and any have quoted, but have you ever really stopped to think exactly what this verse demands of us? Let’s reword it to see it’s full implications.
"Finally brother’s whatever is untrue, whatever is low-class, whatever is wrong, whatever is impure, whatever is perverse, whatever is contemptible, if it is useless or to gross to talk about publicly–don’t think about it."
When you put that spin on it, you have a new appreciation of what it is we need to change. As men of God, we need to make changes in our life so we can make changes in culture around us. Today, I want to give a very practical exercise that will help us achieve the goal Paul laid out for us.
How do we do it?
Through using the rating systems built into our tv’s and computers. Parental controls aren’t meant just for children. Every pc, cable box and tv made today has parental controls on them that block out the selected content that you want to avoid. I know our cable company has recently redesigned there parental controls to make it even easier and more specific as to which content you can view.
Parental controls are a valuable tool in keeping unworthy things from our eyes and minds. So I want to issue a Building Spiritual Muscle Challenge. For one month, set the parental controls on your tv and internet browser. I recommend setting your tv to not allow anything to show rated higher than pg, and to block any movies that are pg13 with s (sex) l (language) and v (violence). Have someone else set the password for you. At the end of the month, analyze the experiment.
What shows where you know longer allowed to watch?
What websites were blocked that you enjoy spending time browsing?
How did your tv viewing choices change?
How did your thinking change?
Has your choice of words changed?
Now that you can watch what you want, is your conscience more sensitive to what you view? These are great questions to analyze your spiritual muscle development.
You may be thinking, “I don’t want to be that legalistic. Why should I set these controls?”
Well, if you stop and think about it, it isn’t legalistic. The ratings are set by the world, not the church. They are things the world says are too sexual or too violent or have too foul of language. If the world says the content is there, shouldn’t we as Christians walk the walk and stop allowing them access to our minds?
In reality, the world expects us to act this way. Shouldn’t we live up to the level they expect of God’s children?
That is what Paul is asking us to do. He wants us to protect ourselves from evil while modeling godly behavior to the world. This is our job as men of God, and this one month challenge is a practical way to achieve this goal. I think you will be surprised at the results in your life. I know I was when I did this test. I encourage you to give it a try. Start today.