Electronic sin and The Day The Earth Stood Still

For readers who may have been wondering lately, yes, I know that I have been a terrible blogger for the last few months.

What started out as a break from blogging and a reduction in the amount of time I spend online to focus more on God, family, ministry, seminary, and other real life pursuits has, quite surprisingly I must admit, turned into a nearly electronic distraction free life for me.

I still check my email daily, read a devotion on my phone every morning, occasionally look something up, and do a little online shopping but, not kidding, that’s it. No Facebook, no Twitter, no cable news other than what I happen to catch when I walk past a TV at work or in an airport, and virtually no TV or movies. And. You know what? I don’t miss any of it, really. And here’s why.

Christ died to purify his people. It is an absolute travesty of the cross to treat it as though Jesus died only to forgive us for the sin of consuming filth, and not to purify us for the power not to do so.

He has blood-bought power in his cross. He died to make us pure. He “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14).

If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue the vile and impure garbage readily available to us, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do. He suffered to set us free from impurity, not make us slaves to it.

Wait, what? What the heck had you been up to, James? You might be wondering.

Well, nothing all that bad by most people’s standards but, the more I think and pray about it, nothing all that good either.

One of the things that has become increasingly clear to me over the past couple of weeks is that one doesn’t need to watch porn, YouTube videos of women in thongs playing soccer, Game of Thrones or anything else Christians know they should avoid in order to consume “filthiness and rampant wickednes” (James 1:21 ESV).

What about investing precious time and emotional enegry in nut-jobs, neurotic and hysterical political ideologues, Flat Earth conspiracy theorists, militant God haters, virtue signalers, and the perpetually outraged who exist online solely to stir up trouble?

I have a friend at work, smart guy actually, who has for some inexplicable reason been interacting with people who believe the Earth is flat on Reddit. As I understand it, it started out innocently enough, I guess, but it has morphed into a weird obsession that has become a source of incredible frustration.

Me: “How are your Flat Earth pals doing?

Friend: “Oh God. I watched an hour long video last night and…”

I am not proud of this but I have to admit that I have been having fun giving him a hard time but today, having had enough of it, I point blank asked him how what he was doing is a better use of his time than watching porn.

He was obviously taken aback by my comparison so I explained.

Sure, engaging with the mentally imbalanced online isn’t sexual sin but, in all honestly, how is getting down in the mess and drama of people who are clearly not well much better? Think about it. People you don’t even know are angering you, frustrating you, stealing time from you, and you are letting them do it. Flat Earthers are literally living rent-free in your head.

Of course I wasn’t telling him anything he didn’t already know but I was trying to help.

Anyway, the constant mind numbing lunacy I routinely subjected myself to is largely why I have reduced my time with electronics to little more than the bear essential minimum. I can’t, in good faith anyway, live in the ungodly mess of others any more. Instead, I prefer to think of other things.

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

-Philippians 4:8

When I said above that I watch very little TV and very few movies lately I meant it. I do still enjoy both but I do so rarely and with a firm resolve to never willingly expose myself to nudity, excessive violence, foul language, or shows or movies that glorify or condone sin. Not that easy to find good modern stuff, although there is some, so I have turned to the classics. Last weekend I watched To Kill a Mockingbird, next up, this.



Categories: Christianity

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

18 replies

  1. Tv was turned off years ago and I still have trouble finding enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Good for you James! I just cut my cable cord and am trying not to spend as much time on line either. Baby steps.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I like it and don’t like it. 😉

    Like

  4. Day the Earth Stood Still is a classic movie.
    I love the B & W cinematography.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Why did I get mentioned in a post about debating when I haven’t debated anyone online in months?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. It looks like the natural flow of things James, with no harm intended as far as i can tell. You may recall the initial observation about the pointless discussion with others cosmologies, and it seems there has been a lot of good discussion to prove otherwise.

    I have a very good friend with whom I also disagree, and we rather enjoy the other things we have in common, his mind though is just plain shut as to other possibilities, but at least he admitted he never gave the matter much thought.

    But debate is good, and that’s the point.

    Like

  7. Believing the Earth is anything but an oblate spheroid is patently absurd and anyone who clings to such an absurd belief should absolutely NOT be taken seriously. Flat Earth is not an interesting take on science, an idea worth pondering, or anything else as some of your commenters seem to think, either. It’s absolute buffoonery that MUST be either outright ignored or called out by everyone with half a brain.
    I have many good friends whom I disagree with and that’s good because, as you said, we have much in common that we can and do focus on.
    That being said, if I ever ran across a real life person who believed the Earth was anything other than an oblate spheroid, I would tell them to their face that they are insane.
    Yes, debate is good and I never, ever said it wasn’t.
    However, discussing whether or not the Earth is flat is NOT debate in any sense of the word. Instead, it’s people who have at least a basic understanding of cosmology trying agaisnt all hope to reason with people who live in an alternate reality.
    And please, please, please don’t reply with anything that attempts to make a case that the Earth is not an oblate spheroid, I simply have no tolerance for such nonsense.
    Also on the topic of debate. It seems too many of us these days confuse people who have no idea what they are talking about arguing endlessly with the equally ignorant with debate and that, really, is what the post was about.
    Isn’t, as I said in the post, investing precious time and emotional enegry in nut-jobs, neurotic and hysterical political ideologues, militant God haters, virtue signalers, and the perpetually outraged who exist online solely to stir up trouble really the best use of a Christian’s time?

    Like

  8. Ironically, CS, I have a post already cued up for this morning that asks Christians to ask themselves if what they say on line is going to be edifying to the body of Christ before they opine lest they be seen as annoying clanging cymbals.

    So, did I violate my own advice with my last comment? Perhaps so but I never claimed to be perfect.

    Like

  9. Well then neighbor, you are in good company by your very words, with DeGrasse the science clown, who also said he has ‘no time,’ and Obama, who ‘has no time’ for people with differing views.

    Sad really.

    So no, I will not argue endlessly, but I will tell you that God is not silent as to His own cosmology. Perhaps we have been too busy to notice, that there is more true science in scripture than in all the journals of the godless combined.

    Like

  10. Apparently disagreeing in public with another Christian is bad for business. Tom is so averse to it that he does post rebuking another brother for even daring to do so.

    Like

  11. Christians disagreeing in public can be bad form, I get that but how is rebuking someone for disagreeing not, in itself, disagreeing in public? No need to answer, that was rhetorical.

    Truth be told, I don’t read or comment on Tom’s or CS’s blogs anyway so I find it odd they both linked to me in the same day.

    If a blog isn’t someone’s cup of tea, why not just ignore?

    Oh, nevermind. That would remove countless opportunities to argue, be right, and get the emotional benifits of being right.

    Like

  12. Hey James- you and I and all
    other believers reach different people in different ways- blogging is proof- and we both have many good friends with whom we interact.

    But we are not insects. We do not specialize in just one thing- it’s the body of Christ thing-

    If I extend courtesies toward you for things in which I think you are short sighted- why is it unreasonable for u to do the same?

    And it should be extremely uncomfortable for you to suggest that people like Tesla were insane for not agreeing with Einstein.

    See the point?

    Like

  13. Your beliefs about the shape of the Earth are nonsensical, they make you look like a loon, and bring shame and discredit to your faith.

    See the point?

    And don’t lecture me on courtesies CS. The last time you visited this blog you willfully misrepresented what I wrote then asked me to apologize for being sloppy with my wording.

    Also, this has nothing to do with what Tesla thought of Einstein, it’s about you prancing around the internet claiming the Earth is flat because Scripture declares it.

    I don’t read your blog so I can’t know for sure but that is your position, is it not?

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Truth James. CS isn’t interested in debate.

    Like

  15. I tend to believe that is the case. Instead, he is interested in arguing, being right, and the emotional satisfaction that comes with being right.

    Debate, in the classical sense anyway, doesn’t happen much online anyway despite what people think.

    Yes, there are some debates I suppose but I would bet 90 percent of online disagreements are more emotional shrieking between people that have no idea what they are talking about than anything else.

    Like

Trackbacks

  1. Why mock that which we do not understand? | The Lions Den
  2. WHY DEBATE? – Citizen Tom

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: