I’m not being legalistic. I’m just being real.

So often, I think about the things I say, do, participate in, and watch, and I wonder:  If Jesus was right there beside me in the flesh, would I still do them?

I’m a Christian. The Bible says we are in the world, but not of it. If people look at me, and can’t see something different, then I need to re-evaluate the relationship I have with my Father. A couple big things for me are TV shows and movies. Years ago, we stopped watching R rated movies. Just got tired of the incessant cursing, gory violence, and sex. None of those are listed in Philippians 4:8. Even some PG-13 movies are ridiculous with all they try and get in there without taking on an R rating. By the way, Plugged In is a great site from which to obtain information about movies before going to watch them.

I see Christian friends posting about TV shows or movies they enjoy, and to be honest, it surprises me somewhat. A very popular show is The Walking Dead. People are infatuated with it. Thanks to the convenience of Netflix, I gave it a shot last year, and made it through maybe one full episode and half of the second. It’s complete filth. If Jesus knocked on the door and wanted to hang out for a bit, would we seriously watch that? “Hey, Jesus. You’ve GOT to see this show everyone is raving about. It’s awesome!”

Another Christian friend was excited about the new season coming up for the show, Sons of Anarchy. About bikers. Again, I sat down with Netflix and gave it a chance. Same result. Complete filth.

Now listen. It’s not my job to tell you what you can and cannot watch. That is entirely between you and God. You are the steward of your own heart and conscience. I just believe that as Christians, we have no right to indulge in what our flesh wants. When we decide to follow Christ, we give up all rights. We were never created to please our self. That all came onto the scene the moment Adam and Eve ate the fruit. The fall of man.

It’s a process of renewing our minds and daily dying to our flesh. Start simple. I’ve mentioned this before. When I go to the store, instead of finding the closest parking spot, I look for one that is further away. It may sound stupid, but our flesh wants to park as close as possible so we don’t have to walk far. Just say, “No, flesh. You are dead to me”, park further back, and enjoy the exercise.

Jesus paid a high price to reconcile us back to the Father. To bring us back into righteousness, right standing, with our Creator. He paid for it by allowing Himself to be murdered on a tree. He looked down at the very ones who nailed Him up there, and asked His Father to forgive them, because they had no idea what they were doing. He knew everything we would ever do against Him, and none of it stopped His love from pouring out. Whew. That creates a desire within me to live for Him. To give up the desires of my flesh, and crawl up onto the altar as a living sacrifice.

I encourage you to evaluate your activities, and see if they are pleasing God, or the flesh.

18 thoughts on “I’m not being legalistic. I’m just being real.

  1. Jesus has marked Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism for death because they are not his way. The pastors of these churches are blind guides who understand very little about the Christian faith. I could go on, but April will set you straight:


    If you are unable to see that what April has said is true, then that is the spiritual blindness at work in your own life. The fundamental nature of spiritual blindness is that the blinded person is unable to recognize the fact that they are blind. One can be spiritually blind all their lives and never know it or even have the slightest hint that it exists. Spiritually blind people tend to surround themselves with equally blinded people so their mutual blindness is reinforced and made deeper. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.


    1. Thanks for stopping by. Not sure if your comments and April’s article were intended to illicit some kind of debate or argument from me, but it won’t happen. That’s the problem within Christianity today. Everyone wants to fight. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. April’s post doesn’t hurt me or offend me at all. I”m secure in my identity with Christ. I understand my value was determined long ago when I was created in His image.

      God bless you.


  2. Great post. Legalism is doing or not doing because of the rule. I believe what you are speaking of here is doing or not doing because of the Christ-like desires of your heart to stay clean and pure.


    1. This is amazing. God bless you.
      My blog reaches out to young people. Can I please have your permission to put this up on my blog?
      The right credit will be given of course.


  3. This was sure a great post. I think it is easy to become accustomed or calloused to the things that God wants us to avoid. We don’t have cable tv. We have computers and if we want to see something, we can usually find it. It is intentional that way, not just a tv broadcasting in the corner. I go to Plugged In to get reviews, as well, if I am considering a certain movie. I feel that I need to “guard my heart.” This goes for reading material and music choices, as well. This is not always a popular mindset. I know I need to follow God’s leading on these issues. Thanks again for reminding us of how important this is.


  4. I think that Jesus loves us so intimately that if we saw the reality of that we would all at least consider following Him more deeply. The issue is that we are so human that we don’t do the things we should do. We have twelve disciples watching Jesus perform miracles, and then they doubt and deny Him! Really seeing the power that we have in Christ is something the enemy is very interested in blocking. All media is designed to distract and penetrate.


  5. Too often this is where freedom in Jesus and legalism are at war. Ultimately, the only thing that we can do that is pleasing to God is to trust in Jesus (and please don’t start arguing semantics with me) and then to trust that it is God who works in us – and none of our strivings will turn God for or against us. Judgment happens when we look at what others are doing and determine whether God is pleased or not. When you do that to other people, you are not trusting that God is working. I wonder, if we focused more on living in freedom, would we discover that we don’t have to strive?


  6. Good post. As a mom, I tried to explain to my children why listening to negative music, viewing violent shows 24/7, is kind of like polluting your spirit. What you feed becomes your world. If your world is filled with aggression, violence, sex, it starts to make your heart hard. You have to focus on the positive, keep your face to the Light, fuel yourself with something good.


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