The Brotherhood – Part 115

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Be careful what you watch.

Yes, I know that you have rights and that sociologists haven’t made clear connections between what we watch and what we do, but be careful what you watch. Our culture has made an art form of helping media and game makers avoid responsibility for those moments when people seem to act out what they see. We insist that movies and television only portray the lives we’re already living. We can’t charge the guy who prints the magazine with the crime his literary voyeur subsequently commits, but can’t we use some wisdom and be careful of what we let into our thoughts?

I’m not going to attempt a case for cause and effect, but I know (and you do too) that when we watch the sins others commit, we open doors in our thoughts that might have stayed closed otherwise. If you’re going to live a life of purity, then guarding your mind by controlling your eyes is an important first step. Don’t watch, don’t download, don’t peruse and you won’t be as likely to lose those battles yourself.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy that to be a godly man, he must run from such stuff. Those things which feed our lust—the desire for what we don’t have—increase the power of sin in our lives. In the battle between flesh and Spirit—the war that rages within us—the strong will survive. Feed your flesh and you’re naming a future winner.

Good choices of what you let into your life ultimately determine what comes out of your life. Everything you put in is coming out in some way, either in attitude or actions. So don’t put bad stuff in, and you’ll have an easier time keeping your output under control.

Stop believing the lie that these things don’t affect you. Your heart and mind are sponges that soak up whatever stimuli you provide. You can’t throw mud in their direction and expect to keep your windshield clean!

Be careful what you watch.


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