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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Café Chat April 11th 2009

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Finally, brothers, 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.

Hello “Café Community”! Thanks so much for hanging in there with us while our technical problems were fixed. I was so happy to see so many of you participate in last week’s Chat too. I hope to offer a challenge to you weekly with the questions I present, but I wanted to make it known that your answers challenge me as well.

Well, it will come as no surprise to those of you who regularly participate in the “Café Chat” meme that this week’s question was inspired by a situation that happened to me last Friday. I will try to give you just enough background so that my question makes sense to you.

One of my biggest struggles of my past was an addiction to television, movies, and the whole entertainment scene in general. Over the last several years the Lord has taken me on a path to get rid of this idol in my life. Even today I can’t say I am totally free, but I am getting closer everyday with the Lord’s leading.

Today I do not watch a lot of movies or at least certain types of movies as part of my personal conviction. On the other hand, my husband who doesn’t struggle in this area will watch a movie from time to time. This Friday my husband watched a movie that he had been wanting to see for a long time. I wasn’t interested in watching it with him, so I just did chores and wasted some time on my computer.

However, with my past of being drawn to movies I ended up sitting down by my husband and began watching the movie with him. This particular movie in the world’s opinion was pretty clean. It hardly had any swearing in it, and the s_x scenes were tame by today’s standards. But as I watched the movie, I remembered the world’s standards are not God’s standards, and the verse at the top of this post came to my mind… “Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely…” I felt the Lord’s conviction, and in my heart I knew I was sinning by watching this movie.

Again, the movie was clean in the world’s eyes, but still it had killing and revenge at the heart of the story. To me those things didn’t line up with what Philippians 4:8 says.

After the movie, I told my husband what I was thinking and although my husband doesn’t have an issue with movies and such, he was silent and then agreed with what I had said. I have to keep reminding myself daily that I must measure my life by what God says, and not what the world says, or even what other Christians might say. God must be the final authority in my life.
(Feel free to answer both questions today, if they apply)
So today, I wonder if you have had any experience similar to what I described in my post today. Please give specifics if you can.

Also, if you referred to Philippians 4:8 as a standard, would there be something or some situation you would stop doing, or give up completely? (Or at least begin trying to change with the Lord’s help as I am with the situation I discussed today). As always, specifics are great, but feel free to use generalities.

I am honored to walk this Christian road with you all. Let us strive daily to live the life Jesus has called us to.

Blessings, Kim

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Blogger Christin said...

You are the first person I have ever come across that has used this verse in such a way!!!!! I have always associated using this verse with tv viewing because it has always, in my opinion, seemed so compromised. Even my husband and I used to view movies that "weren't that bad", but as the Lord has been growing us, we will sometimes watch a movie that once held our standard of "not that bad" and suddenly we wondered why we ever watched it!

Great challenge this week Kim and keep up the excellent job of purging those things out a little at a time! ((hugs to you))

April 11, 2009 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Christin said...

P.S. Here's my link...Mr. Linky is from last week. :)

April 11, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Toknowhim said...

Ladies, it appears the Mr. Linky is from last week... Please use comment section to let me know you are participating today... Thanks, Kim

April 11, 2009 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger you gotta wonder said...

It looks like Mr. Linky is feeling better.

I've posted my thoughts on today's topic - another day for introspection! I love this forum!

April 11, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger beckyquilts said...

Nearly 15 years ago a friend told me she had stopped watching certain things on tv, due to Psalm 101:3, "I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me."
It convicted me of my addiction to soap operas and due to God's grace, I gave them up and had not cared about watching them for many years. Recently, during a time of severe temptation in another area, I began to watch a little bit of them. I was so convicted that it was sin! I should not have been surprised that when one area of temptation was strong and I was trying not to give in, another would crop up, trying to take me down anyway possible. Thank God, he has removed the temptations for now. But be careful, our enemy comes in many different ways!!

April 12, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

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