Our lives are full of cultural toxins, which are those things that are culturally acceptable, but hurt our souls. Cultural toxins can be found in the books we read, the magazines we read, the music we listen to, the television shows we watch, and in the movies we watch. When we allow cultural toxins into our lives, it pollutes us. This week you will learn what God’s Word says about the dangers of cultural toxins and the importance of focusing on things that draw us closer to God.
What are some of the cultural toxins you currently have in your life? How have you seen these toxins pollute your life?
Lets just talk about emotional porn for a few minutes.
So back a few years ago there was a huge rage about Twilight being emotional porn for younger girls, setting improper expectations of the perfect guy etc. Currently we’re seeing Fifty Shades of Grey and Magic Mike all over pintrest, the internet, Facebook, etc. and a similar debate is being held.
The basic argument is that men are visual, girls are emotional, hence these things that tap into our emotions that we grab onto and dream about and may even get aroused about are emotional porn. Men would be chastised for openly viewing porn without shame, why are women allowed to post photos of ‘hot guys’ and make sexual comments and read these books without the same accountability being set for them? Women aren’t made into perverts, creeps or disgusting. It’s almost praised, actually. (Go feminism, be man’s equal!)
Jon and I watched The Vow a few weeks ago (ironically enough with Channing Tatum as the lead), and I’ll have to be honest. It really made me struggle with comparison of our marriage to that of the “perfect” one being portrayed in the movie. Would Jon love me if that happened? Would he fight for me, etc. It went from watching a beautiful love story to putting our relationship under a microscope and comparing it. And I talked to Jon about my struggle with it after the movie, so it’s not like it was keeping a big secret. I hate that I struggled so much with it. It left me feeling discontent for that evening although I’m married to a wonderful man who is no where near perfect, but has served and loved me in many ways in the last year. Satan wants us to use things like comparison to rip apart something beautiful, something real. And he does it anyway he can. For me it was comparing our relationship to a beautiful romantic love story in a 2 hour movie. 2 hours, clearly we only saw the good stuff. What is it for you?
This is not meant to be a guilt trip if you read 50 shades or watch Magic Mike, I was just using a relevant example. I read on a blog today that was having this debate that a wife and husband “didn’t care what turned their spouse on as long as they could reap the benefits”. And I vomited a little, and my heart broke a lot. Emptiness. That’s what we are seeing to escape, and we run to the things that empty us quicker than we can realize it’s happening. We are destroying ourselves, we are destroying our relationships and then wondering WHY and HOW. We are believing Satan’s excuses of what’s acceptable instead of viewing things through the Truth.
Maybe you don’t struggle with emotional porn.
Maybe it’s materialism.
Maybe it’s something completely different.
Our lives are full of cultural toxins, which are those things that are culturally acceptable, but hurt our souls… When we allow cultural toxins into our lives, it pollutes us.
3 John 1v11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
What’s polluting us?
What keeps us from imitating what is good and seeing God?