Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hear No Evil, See No Evil

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 The popular ethical adage "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" is all well and good; I am convinced the wise saying has upright intentions that reinforce the principle "garbage in, garbage out".  In other words, if we listen to bad things and look at bad things, then bad things will come out of our mouth, but if we do not listen or look at bad things, then...you get the point.

However, as Christians, are we deceiving ourselves when we proclaim, "hear no evil, see no evil"; yet we allow darkness disguised as entertainment or social "norms" to seep into our lives?

I remember reading Ron Luce's book Recreate when he described how absurd it would be for a father or a mother to passively let a criminal who is known for sexually offending children be in a room alone with their daughter or son.  Seems pretty obvious that most parents would not allow, much less promote, such risky, unwise activity in their homes which would put their child in physical danger. Yet, like Ron Luce points out, we, as parents, allow our children's hearts to be vunerable to the world's spiritual molestation when we allow, and many times promote, a variety of media that directly attacks our children's souls.

I have not seen the movie Courageous, but I have heard the song.  Some of the lyrics go like this:

We were warriors on the front lines

Standing, unafraid

But now we're watchers on the sidelines

While our families slip away...

May the watchers become warriors

Have you ever ignored evil? You see something on TV, but you overlook it (see no evil) and keep watching the show? You hear people disrespecting the God you follow yet you let it slide (hear no evil)? Well, I have. Consider this. What would it look like if we started seeing evil? What would change if we actually started acknowledging what we heard was evil?

Maybe we would be less of a sideline watcher and more like a front line warrior.

We can be so hung up on keeping our kids safe or avoiding getting hurt, but the reality of the matter is that our physical bodies are on the bottom of the totem poll in comparison to our, or even our kids', spiritual souls.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Let us be women who are not spiritually blind or deaf in this world, but let us be women who boldly stand up for what is right in our homes, in our community, and in our lives!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Ephesians 6:10-11; 19-20 (amplified)

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