Pr. 1:10: “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”
It’s confession time for me. I’ve been enticed and I have consented.
We have had Netflix for a long time. I usually watch fun, innocent things like The Great British Baking Show, Nailed It…things like that. However, when I become very ill in December I got wrapped up in a very non-innocent drama that has every level of sin.
There are parts that are so inappropriate that they have to be fast-forwarded through. I do that, at least. That’s my concession. That’s my justification. You with me? I’ve had to turn down the volume around my kids a few times. (That tells you a lot about the show)
Something interesting about me is that during the month of January I did a 21-day fast where I read the Bible only…no other books. (reading is my favorite thing and I was already on a very restricted diet) But still I was watching this show.
Something else is that my husband and I decided in January of this year that in order to help us pay off some student loan debt we were going to cancel our Netflix subscription. However, when February came around, I was still so wrapped up in this sinful mess of a show that I didn’t want to give it up and I didn’t cancel our subscription to Netflix. Y’all! For real. I’m being completely honest here.
However, this week, I have finally realized I can no longer do this. I can’t continue to feed my mind and spirit this filth and expect the Lord to be able to produce in my life the good things I truly want. I’m not sure how I allowed this to happen. I’m always so careful. We listen to Christian music always, we never read anything that will fill our minds with sinful thoughts, we don’t hang out in places that will cause unnecessary temptation. We are careful. We have boundaries. And yet I was enticed, and I consented. And then I was resistant when it came to giving it up. (That’s the part that bothers me most)
It can happen to any of us at any moment. We still have to be so careful. Daily. On guard. Just because it’s just a show on Netflix doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Just because it’s just a fruity drink doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Just because they’re just a friend doesn’t mean they’re harmless. There are so many ways we can be enticed.
Learn from my mistake, and keep your guard up, or give up your enticement now. We can’t afford to be distracted now. The Day of the Lord is so close and we have work to do. We have to stay focused and stay in the game.