Today, we live in a culture that is filled with garbage—racy movies, crude music, and indecent pictures. Sexy ads and dirty jokes are everywhere around us. Putting this garbage in our heads is becoming normal. And, unfortunately, it is even becoming normal for Christians.
We make excuses for our habits, claiming that we like inappropriate music, movies, books, and websites because they’re entertaining or funny or creative. We try to downplay the swearing, coarse jokes, and racy pictures. But, whether we like it or not, those things stick with us.
Dirty words and indecent images seem to stay in our minds forever. Sometimes, they play over and over—and we can’t seem to stop them.
That is why we must be very careful when we choose what to look at and listen to. Maybe we’re not affected by every word we hear and every picture we see, but when we continually fill our minds with those immoral things, they start to corrupt the way we speak and act.
But God calls us to be changed by the restoring of our minds.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NASB)
How can we expect to have renewal of our minds with vulgar language from music, sexual scenes from movies, and inappropriate images from social media constantly running through our minds?
So is there a way we can have renewal? How can our minds be refreshed and restored?
The answer is simple: by putting things in our minds that renew them.
This doesn’t mean we can only listen to Chris Tomlin worship music or only watch Christian movies like God’s Not Dead or only read books written by pastors. But it does mean that we must choose to put edifying things into our minds.
Maybe you need to delete a certain app that causes you to stumble. Maybe you need to discard a book that has foul language. Perhaps you need to stop watching a Netflix show that includes sexual innuendo or stop listening to a song that takes God’s name in vain.
It is challenging to not be conformed to this world because it easily ensnares us. However, if we choose to look at and listen to encouraging things, we can grow as believers and have restored minds.