Religion that our God accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world"
I have read this verse countless times before and I must have checked out by the time I got to the last eight words. KEEP ONESELF FROM BEING POLLUTED BY THE WORLD! I realize that I don't have to go into any long speech about what is happening in our world, everyday I feel more disgusted when I turn on the tv, the radio, look at magazines in the checkout aisle...we are being pulled in every direction. I must admit, I love evening tv, a few reality shows, some sitcoms, I love some magazines that give some good celebrity gossip. The Lord has really been speaking to me about this. What am I teaching my kids? What am I putting in my mind? What am I filling my time with? I want this trash to be repulsive to me. I want to know what Christ meant when He said to be "in the world" but not "of this world" I am seeing how this stuff can be crushing to our spiritual development. In no way am I saying we all need to get rid of our tv's and never listen to anything that is "secular" again. I am saying MY heart has become immune to MUCH of this. Not even realizing what I am putting in my living room and into the ears of our children. We were all wired to think about something BIGGER and BETTER than ourselves. The world is not where we need to be looking.
I have got to bring my mind and heart into the presence of GOD, not just when I have time to sit down and focus, but ALL THE TIME! It is CONSTANT! I want an incredible life-giving relationship with our Creator. I want a mind that is focused on HIM daily, hourly and minute by minute.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.