Friday, April 29, 2011

Soul Surfer - Are We Abandoning God's Standards?

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2

As Christians, we are to be in the world, but not OF it. We are to be the light of the world; a city on a hill (Matthew 5:14-16). We are to bring LIGHT and truth to a dark and dying world. We are to be different! We are to look and dress differently, if modesty is at stake! We do not need to look strange, but we are certainly to be adequately covered. It is completely possible and correct to live a life for Christ and dress modestly.

If we choose to shrug off the complete lack of modesty that is displayed in the movie "Soul Surfer", we have chosen to tell our daughters that the lack of modesty portrayed in this "Christian" movie is nothing to be too concerned over. We have chosen to tell our sons that it's okay to look at near-naked women, as long as a "Christian" reference or two is made in one [subtle] way or another. Once we've made that statement to our children - whether verbally or through our accepting actions - we will sadly watch each subsequent generation sink lower and lower into a pit of sin and self-gratification. Each generation's values will become more and more relaxed. They will comfortably fit into the society's mold of tolerance, while freely accepting what society views as normal. They will incorrectly interpret and misapply the meaning of being "all things to all people" ( Corinthians 9:19-23), while leaving God's standards behind.

Bottom line, we should set a standard and live by those standards from one generation to the next. God's Word doesn't change and neither should our definition of decency and modesty.

Stacy McDonald, of Your Sacred Calling, wrote a wonderful and Biblically correct review of the movie "Soul Surfer". I hope you will read it before considering going to this movie. Above all, remember to hold all things to the Word and live according to it!

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