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.