Summary: Messages discusses how and why we need to guard our eyes in today's culture.
The key to surviving temptation involves guarding our eyes with all diligence. In Matthew 18:9, Jesus said if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out! Seems rather drastic but it makes the point. No we are not saying pluck out your eyes but we are saying do what's necessary to avoid/shun evil. You may have to pluck out your cable television if it's causing you to sin. You may have to pluck out certain internet websites by putting up proper safe guards. Your eternal life depends on how you live your life now and if your eyes are causing you to sin against a holy God you had better do something about before it is too late.
Jesus said it's better to go to heaven missing an eye than to go to hell with both eyes. This battle with our eyes is a life long battle. This battle starts when we are young and continues into our old age. It continues until we reach the other side. We don't want to be like Solomon who loved and honored God in his youth but fell away in old age as a love for women stole his heart.
God said to Solomon "Tell me what you want and I’ll give it to you.” A humble, King Solomon asked for wisdom instead of riches and fame. And God responded by giving him all three, wisdom, riches and fame. “Yet, King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh; women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, Hittities from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.” 1 Kings 11:1-4 (NKJV)
When God uses the word foreigner he is not referring to ethnicity but to someone who worships other gods. Webster’s New World Dictionary says a "foreigner" is any person thought of as an outsider or stranger. Television and the internet allow us to invite foreigners and strangers into our homes. These outsiders are ruining our homes.
They enter into our homes and bring their gods with them. We entertain them, we interact with them, we have dinner with them (eating while watching TV), we dress like them, and we talk like them. Yet, God said we should not go to them and they should not come to us. (1 Kings 11:2 KJV) But with the touch of a button we go to them and mingle with them. Thanks to television, many Christians spend several hours per day entertaining ungodly men and women in their living rooms and bedrooms.
Like Solomon we love them and they are turning us away from God. Their god's glorify the kingdom of darkness and its vile ideologies and it appears as if we love it. We watch the sitcoms and movies their gods produce. And listen to their music.
We enjoy watching actors and actresses, pretend to commit adultery, pretend to commit fornication, pretend to murder, kill and maim all in the comfort of our own homes. We watch them glorify the vile acts our God calls sin.
Author David Wilkerson said, one day while praying he heard the Holy Spirit say, “Sodomites are in the house, Sodomites are in the house.” He reminded him about the men of Sodom who, inflamed with lust tried to break into Lots house to rape the angels, who looked like regular men. He says unfortunately, the Sodomites are in our homes thanks to homosexual actors, writers, and producers of modern television programs.
Through television programs and media personalities Christians learn to adopt the world’s attitudes and beliefs. Yet, scripture says, whoever wants to be friends with the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4).
As Christian's we cannot imitate the Israelites who desired to worship God and worship Baal. They knew God was the one true God but they also wanted to worship their neighbor’s gods. Canaanite gods not only allowed sexual immorality but they encouraged it. Canaanites, worshipped their gods with orgies, homosexuality and prostitution. These acts were performed on elevated open space platforms. The sensuality of the Canaanite religions caused the Israelites to want to worship their Gods. Televised sensuality entices Christians to worship the gods of this world and lead them away from God.
Broadcasting sexual promiscuity ensnared the Israelites as it does American Christians in our modern culture. A young lady in one of our bible study groups decided to try the lesbian lifestyle because of a certain television show. She stopped going to church to pursue several lesbian relationships. She has since become engaged to a young man but the desire to try an alternate lifestyle was fueled by a television show.