Black White OR Grey

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Remember the days of black and white television? I remember watching television in black and white and the day the big color console television was delivered to our home. Now, for those who remember watching black and white television, do you remember the lifestyle people lived back  in those days?

Years ago, when our parents and grandparents were coming up there was more than just black and white television. Even in some of us in approaching the wonder years of 50, remember such days.  Everything was black and white. What I mean by black and white is that there was right and there was wrong. People lived by the Ten Commandments and understood that there were just that commandments and NOT suggestions! If a child showed disrespect or was unruly, they were punished. Children were raised to know that there were consequences for every action.

Time out

These days, it seems the colors black and white are becoming more and more blended and there seems to become an increasing amount of shades of grey. For example, in our media world, we see more and more people justify what they do despite the fact that it is wrong. Morals and values are becoming more and more things of the past. You can turn the television on anytime of the day and be exposed to things that should not even be on television. In today’s society, whatever it takes to bring in top ratings takes priority.  Over the course of time, we become more desensitized and the boundaries get pushed a little further.

Not only is our media guilty of surrounding us with more shades of grey but in society today it seems that the rule book has been tossed to the side. It has become a society of people caught up in what they want for themselves and don’t care who they step on to get what they want. If someone hurts another its okay but revenge can be sought. When someone gives someone something such as a gift, the receiver has the mentality; “I deserved this and it didn’t come soon enough.” Then, the giver walks away with the mentality  “now you owe me.” And, forgiveness. It hardly exists anymore. Instead, it seems to be more fun to go on a smear campaign against the one who hurt us.

could not care less

Every day, we are each confronted with issues where we have to make choices. These choices are not the choices of what we will eat, wear or what we will do in our career but these choices are what are we going to expose our hearts, minds and spirits to during the waking hours of the day.  For the Christian, this is becoming more and more of a challenge. There are places in the world where Christians are being arrested for their beliefs.  The morals and values  are not gradually diminishing but they are on a fast downward spiral.

watch your thoughts

 

These thoughts really hit my heart the other day when I was watching a program on one of the Christian television stations that I enjoy. The speaker pointed out the scripture from Isaiah: :“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness. Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitterness.” Isaiah 5:20. Woe! Did this reading of God’s word hit me in between the eyes. Or. should I say this scripture opened my eyes to the ways of the world even more. Yes, we are in the times where good is no longer acknowledged, Christians are losing rights as each day passes and it seems the more evil something is the better  people like it.

With this scripture from Isaiah in mind, we as Christians need to be asking daily for discernment, wisdom, and staying in step with God. It is our responsibility to stand firm on the foundation that we have established as Christ’s Church. We need to begin leading by getting back to the basics of black and white and realize there are NO shades of grey. It is those areas of grey that we all have lived in at one point and time where we will have to face our creator one day and will be held accountable. Is there any real honest explanation for living in the grey?

Guardrail

Remember the days of black and white television? These televisions had only three basic channels and a small screen? Well, this is our template of how we need to walk our Christian walk. It is our responsibility to live out loud the black and white. We live this mentality of black and white by obeying not only the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses to give the  people. We must obey all instruction from the bible.  The three basic channels we must live out loud are a life of prayer, including God in ALL that we do, and stick with the basic instruction book, the Bible. Because in the bible, there are no grey areas. It is all black and white and those who tried to live in the grey did not fair so well. For the small screen,  may we limit how we allow the world’s attempts to pull us over into the areas of grey.

He makes all things beautiful

My challenge for all of us is to begin each day asking for God’s guidance, asking for discernment, and wisdom. We must take heed in what Jesus said to His disciples as He talked about the End Times. His instructions to the disciples and to us today were this; Take heed that no one deceives you.” Matthew: 24:4 Every day we are confronted with deception but we have the choice of buying into that deception and living in the grey. Or, we can make the choice of standing firm on the Word of God and His instructions.

my way or God's way

What’s it going to be today? Black and white or grey? If you don’t already, I suggest you begin reading the Basic Instruction Book Before Leaving Earth better known as the Bible! And, each day, remember those commandments God gave Moses were not mere suggestions they were instructions for ALL people.

Blessings

 

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8 thoughts on “Black White OR Grey

  1. You really hit the nail on the head with this post, April. More and more we are seeing evil disguised as acceptable, and people are being deceived on a regular basis. The fact that many quasi-churches are guilty of skewing God’s commands into His recommendations is very repulsive. Entire worldviews are built on these lies, but they are designed to attract the unwitting. When I was a child, living in the world while not being of the world was not so difficult. In my opinion, it is a much tougher assignment today. Seeking the Truth, that is Jesus Christ, is so simple, yet many fail to do so.

    1. Thank you for your response on this post. Yes, I agree it gets tougher every day to live the world and not allowing the world to influence us. I send up many prayers for parents who are having to raise children these days. So many new issues and challenges before them. It just upsets me that society is getting more passive and has the mentality that anything goes and anything is okay when it is not. This is why it is so important to stay in step with Christ every day and be in tuned to His voice.

      I hope you have a wonderful week filled with many blessings!

      1. We home-schooled our two girls, and the oldest is in her first year of college. Thankfully she has a solid foundation in Christ, but that is being constantly challenged, not only by her fellow students, but by the faculty as well. Currently she’s taking a senior level English course, and while I haven’t heard a lot of the details, I know she is frustrated and shocked by some of the topics for class assignments. Just last Friday the teacher wasn’t able to attend class, so she gave the students an assignment to either watch a video or research and write a report about the history and use of the “F-word.” While I can’t think of a single edifying reason for such an assignment, I believe her purpose is to show that over time, the meaning of the word has changed to the point where today it is acceptable to use in “normal” conversation and writing! As you quoted, “Woe to those who call evil, good….”

      2. We were blessed when raising our son, Drew. He was not home-schooled but I did work a lot with him on the sidelines. Drew was blessed to have two wonderful Christian running coaches while in Middle School and High School. We were also blessed to be in a school system where PTO mtgs. were started with a devotional, prayer and the pledge. (No, it was not private school.)
        When we took Drew to college, I said a big prayer that God would put someone of good influence in his path. That very afternoon a guy approached Drew at the locker room where Drew was checking out the mtg place for cross country. This guy became Drew’s best friend in college. The first thing Mike did was invite Drew to church. They also started a bible study group among the runners at college. Mike was Drew’s best man in Drew and Megan’s wedding.

        I understand exactly the frustrations your daughter must be facing with professors. I went back to college in the early 90’s and I even dealt with issues. It is tough!
        Just last night my husband and I were channel surfing and just about everything we landed on had words bleeped out. We shook our heads because we know when it won’t be long when those words will not be bleeped out but even more accepted.
        I do believe we are in the days of where evil is looked as good and good is looked at as evil. I have a few friends with kids in college now and they are being told not to believe in God by certain groups on campus.

        Prayers lifted up for your daughter.

  2. April, so very pleased you enjoyed my post on Jurisdiction of Believers over at Christian Blessings. I really applaud your post here–I would just add that black and white, right and wrong, are set by God, not by us! Also, we must include such sins as greed, sloth, gluttony, envy, slander in this list of do’s and don’ts. These also must be taken into account and deception avoided by the faithful–even when it is spouted by self-declared evangelicals. Also, we must be humble about our own human state, remembering “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God!” AMEN Bless you for your blog here, Sister April. Hope you will visit me during my Lenten Journey at my own blog.

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback. Yes, you are right right and wrong was and IS defined by God.
      I will travel over to your site in the upcoming week!
      Blessings

  3. Wow, not only do I remember black and white tv, but I also remember the days when morality could be categorized as such. Now we are told everything is simply relative… but the Word knows of no such thing. Let God be true…

    Thanks April for the trip down memory lane, and your encouraging and inspirational words. God bless, good friend.

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