The Language We Use

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for the Lord’s people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 

 – Ephesians 5:3-4

After watching The Book of Eli the other night with a small group of friends, we began to discuss the movie.  We went through the theological discussions about different aspects of the movie and into the society in which the movie was made.  The question then became whether or not the movie is a Christian movie?  If so, how do we explain all the cursing?  What about all the violence?  The sexual references and the attempted rape scene?

This started a thought that kept on rolling and the question soon became, how can we claim Christianity if we continue to cures, make sexual jokes and innuendoes, and continue to speak like the rest of society that surrounds us?  Can we truly follow God’s will if we still hold on to this language that we continue to use? 

God specifically tells us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world…” but instead he calls us to “… be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  (Romans 12:2)  In his letter to the Romans, Paul is reminding them (and us) that we live as a ‘living sacrifice’ to God.  The way we live should reflect God’s mercy for us.  (Rom 12:1 … just read the whole chapter, or better yet, all of Romans again)

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 

 – Ephesians 5:8-11

We are the light of the world.  (Matt 5:14-16)  Our lives reveal the glory and love of God, through how we live in the world.  We are surrounded by the darkness of the world, but that should not mean that the darkness should consume us. 

The society we live in should not dictate our actions.  Our faith does. 

When we follow Christ and give our lives to living for our God, people should see the change in the way we act.  If we continue to act the same way as we did before we decided to follow God, do we truly believe in His word and His love? 

God Bless and PEACE

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2 Comments »

  1. did you vote for obama? be honest

    • stkerr Said:

      This blog is about my journey of faith. Not my views of politics. While at time they will overlap, I am trying to keep my political voice here quiet. Yes, I did vote for Obama. And no, I will not answer any more questions about my political views, who I support, or how I think our country should be run.


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