A Beautiful Divorce

I was listening to the radio the other day and the host was talking about a certain athlete and his relationship with his team. Apparently, things had gotten rough and the player was thinking about leaving the organization. The host used this to described how in every person to person relationship there are a few golden opportunities to end it and there be no hard feelings. Both parties mutually agree the relationship ends, and everyone walks away happy. He said that there are a few of those moments in every meaningful relationship and for that particular athlete and his team, the time to split had come. He ended his commentary by saying that when this “golden window” of separation opens and is taken advantage of, both parties can actually end up better off.

As I sat and listened, I couldn’t help but think about our culture and the world we live in. Recently we decided to scale back, even more, our television consumption as a family. This is not prescriptive but we have seen good fruit as we have committed to this as a family. Truth be told there are just very few safe places for Christian people to be in the world of entertainment.

“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you” (2 Cor 6:17).

More and more sexual content is on basic cable and primetime network shows (nevermind premium channels). Cartoons are filled with dark themes and more and more homosexual realities. It seems all of culture is being overrun by moral depravity in an intense way especially in the area of human sexuality. Is it time for an exodus? Is it time for a divorce from the world of secular entertainment?

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way” (Ps 119:37) 

Nothing about this is new except the availability, scope, and intensity of these things. But this does beg a question. Should we [Christians] continue looking for “safe” places in this morally depraved culture or is it time for a divorce? Should we continue to wrestle with what shows are “okay” to watch, drawing artificial lines as our consciences allow? Is the door open for an amicable split, and if so, do we have the faith to walk out on worldly “entertainment” and not look back? 

Has walking this razor’s edge worked? Have we won our unsaved friends to Christ through our extensive knowledge of media? Or have we become leavened, indiscernible from the world? To use Jesus’ words from Matthew 5, has our salt lost its flavor? If it has, He went on to say that it is good for nothing except being trampled by the world of men.

This is where we can see clear success. The world has dismissed Christianity because Christians look weak, foolish, and undesirable through our own lack of conviction to our faith. They see how uncommitted we are, how addicted to entertainment we are, how unsatisfied we are with God and they walk right over us as we have neither the enthusiasm to join them in joyful fulfillment of the flesh nor the deep convictions to stop them and bring them to something infinitely better!

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (Jas 1:27).

I’d like to suggest, it’s time for a divorce. Not in the marital sense, but rather in the sense of a total and utter separation.

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? ” (2 Cor 6: 14-15).

The answers to Paul’s questions to the Corinthian church is obvious…none. 

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor 6:15-17).

We must divorce the world because we belong to God. This is what the world needs to see. This is what will attract them to our Father. When the world sees that we are his true sons, filled with His truth, His righteousness, His love, His ways, His purpose, and His joy, they will either “glorify God” like in says in Mt 5:16 or they will hate us like it says in Jn 15:19. Either one would be better than the irrelevant neglect we experience now.

Instead of trying to dance around in a fallen culture, I want to divorce it. I think it’s time. There are fewer and fewer places holding to a Christian ethic will allow me to go. Not to mention I don’t think it will miss me. No hard feelings.

 

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