Thursday, February 6, 2014

Be Careful Little Eyes What You See...

I have been going back and forth on whether or not to write this post.  Talking with my mom and praying about it.  Then this morning while reading one of my school books War of the Worldviews, I felt a resolve.  God confirmed it in my heart that once again, I must write something no matter the cost.

I will start with my confession:

I have watched several episodes of Once Upon A Time.  
I had several friends and family refer me to this show, saying that this was a wonderful series.  I had looked at "Christian" reviews:
"On the show, our real world intersects with a mythological one in mysterious ways. The show's characters, all from popular fairy tales, live in a world without happy endings because they are all under a curse (echoes of Genesis 3). Hinting at a cosmic battle, the main antagonist, the evil queen of the Snow White story, has cursed the entire fairy-tale world in order to get revenge on the protagonist, Snow White, and has sent its inhabitants to our world. Snow's daughter, Emma, who came to our world as a baby, can break the curse and save everyone; characters in the show even call her "the Savior." She is awakening people to a knowledge of the battle in which they are engaged and their true identity, and weakening the power of the curse"-Christianity Today
And
Once has its faults. Characters here fight, bleed and die. Some of them swear. Costumes can be immodest. Casual intimacy is sometimes shared. The temptation of marital infidelity (in the name of "true love") has been a theme. The use of magic—some of it dark—is, of course, nonstop.

But it also sets up strong distinctions between good and evil. It gives us characters who seem to care about one other. It even provides for us the occasional bedtime moral. And, most importantly, through its fairy tale proxies (if we look really, really closely), the series communicates a very important truth: We're all more than we seem. We can be better than we are. In the midst of our pain and suffering and workaday lives, there's an actual fairy tale to be found—not a fictional construct, but the understanding that our lives are wondrous, miraculous and highly improbable gifts." -Plugged In (Focus on the Family)



and had watched some trailers of this series and thought that I would try it out.
And so it began....
I watched a few episodes, and got a little hooked.  Then I invited my mom to come and watch a few episodes, she agreed, watched a few episodes, and got a little hooked.....  Until we were watching an episode that was basically teaching us how to perform spells!!  My mom and I looked at each other astounded,  we asked each other what exactly were we watching, then decided to take a fast and pray about this show.  By the grace of God, He revealed to both of us that in this "wonderful" series there is:

Children before marriage,
Hebrews 13:4
"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

Witchcraft,
Leviticus 20:6
"'I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people."
Deuteronomy 18:10-12
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is an abomination to the Lord."

Murder,
Exodus 20:13
"You shall not kill." 

Lies,
Proverbs 12:22a
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord:"

Manipulation,
Matthew 7:15
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves"

Adultery,
Hebrews 13:4
"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

And Blasphemy,
Luke 12:10
And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

This just one of MANY shows that should cause us, especially as believers, to step back and ask if what we are watching really glorifies God.

Hunger games is another one.  
Again, I was given these books to read by a friend.  Just the fact that they were addicting and I couldn't get enough should have been a giant red flag!!  Anything that is taking my mind off of the Lord becomes an idol or an obsession.
If we love the Lord and He has given us a new heart, really...shouldn't there be evidence in our lives?  Shouldn't we be seeking after Him and our obsession to be more like Him?
Psalm 119
"Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!"
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

After watching the first movie, and my mom came in to watch a part of it with me...she and my Grandma Darci later approached me with their concerns.
For this movie, even though we can't pinpoint exactly what or why we had that feeling...but the simple fact that it was consuming my thoughts and taking up space in my heart that should have been reserved for Christ was enough for me to choose to air on the side of caution.  
Better safe than sorry!!

Once again, I was able to take a step back, seek the Lord and come to the conclusion that I know comes from God.  
Why waste one single minute on things that don't glorify God?

Many more shows (music as well) that I have not been exposed to but that come to mind are Harry Potter, Charmed, Walking Dead, Twilight, a LOT of the Disney shows, the Fosters, Pretty Little Liars, Rodeo Girls, Long Island Medium, Glee ...the list could go on and on.

Lust is HUGE on many of these shows and we are warned over and over in scripture about lust!!
1 Cor. 6:18
"Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body."
1 Thes. 4:4-5
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God"
What do you see when you look at the characters?
What are they WEARING?!?!

One question I would like to ask you.  Who do you look up to...who do you go to when you need a word of wisdom?  Who is handing you books, recommending you movies, letting you listen to music?  Are they looking to please the Lord with their own lives? Are they seeking  self-pleasure or do they have an eternal purpose?
Do you go to the bible first and formost?  Are you praying about the influences you allow in your life on a daily basis?

I say all of this knowing that I am far from perfect.  Our family is far from perfect.
However, one thing I am learning is that the love of Christ is very different than the love the world teaches.
I am a part of Voice of the Martyrs and that has shown me that true love (the love of the Father) is not some mushy love.
It is laying your life down and telling the truth even if it means the cost of a friendship.
It is warning people even if you know it will be unpopular.
It has an eternal perspective. 

I don't want to love you here on Earth and not see you in Heaven...I want to love you ENOUGH (the love of Christ) that we go together.

I wish I had been warned before.

A note from my mom:
I am a people pleaser...this is especially true when it comes to my children.  I want to be cool and I want them to love me!!
Often times, costing more than I could ever imagine, Phil and I have allowed things we might have thought could be bad exposure for our children.  And on a few occasions, because the source had been a trusted one, we allowed our children to watch or read something we did not censor.  
Praise God that He protected our children and that He gave wisdom and sent out those red flags. 
We have grown so much in the past few months ( I am guilty of watching and reading things that absolutely should not have been read and watched...did nothing to edify my life...if nothing else, it was destructive for myself, my marriage and my family) and are weeding out all of the junk that has cluttered our lives.  Thanking God that He has captivated the hearts and minds of our children and many times it is THEM that have discernment for people, reading material, music etc.  I am humbled and realize once again the grace and mercy God has on me and our family.
We will never be where we want to be...but our prayer is that we continue to seek the Lord and our main goal would be to bring Him glory.
I was nervous when Gabrielle told me she wanted to write this.  #hopelesspeoplepleaser BUT her heart is GOOD and she has an urgent desire to see a #tidalwave #reformation in her #generation...a generation #radical for Christ.
By writing this, I am aware that she has put herself and our family under a microscope and for the first time, I can say that that is okay.  If you see anything in us that does not bring glory to God...and if it lines up with scripture, I would agree with my daughter. Please warn us...I will have wished we had been warned before.

I pray for Phil and I that we would have the same boldness that we see in our children.  Unafraid of rejection here on Earth.  How costly that fear is.  
I love her quote up there:

"I don't want to "love" you here on Earth and not see you in Heaven...
I want to love you ENOUGH (the love of Christ) that we go together!"

All those thoughts run through my mind when I want to take a stand for the Lord.  "They will hate me"... "they are going to kill me" even as an adult.  A Christian for 20+ years.
Well, an eternal perspective would say right back,
then let me die.
#WOW
#FORTHEGLORYOFGOD




5 comments:

  1. Gabrielle! Wow! No words here. I will be trying to share this with my friends if you don't mind! Can't wait for future posts! Be bold and don't be afraid to stand firm. You sharpen me and help my walk with the Lord. Iron sharpens iron, right? Let's do that and stand together to fight the enemy and to share God's word!

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  2. Wow! What wonderful and refreshing insight from such a wise young lady! It is hard to stand for truth and righteousness, but if we don't then who will! I am sure your parents are so proud of you! God is so thrilled with you as well!

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  4. Gabrielle, great blog post from a "Teenager", I wonder if some realize that. I truly admire the younger generation who ACTUALLY SEE what it means to grow in the faith. "People old enough" to watch these types of movies should only watch these types of movies if they are grounded in the Word as was Paul and the Apostles. Paul quoted pagan poets in Acts because he knew he could read pagan literature since God was his foundation and nothing was going to shake it.
    Jesus said, "A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher" (Lk. 6:40). That is the discipleship method: on-the-job, real-life training until the "student" is like the teacher. And that is the only method of education that results in the changed lives that God is seeking.
    He chose them "that they might be with him" (Mk. 3:14); and they talked, worked, walked, ate, and slept together for over three years. They were his apprentices. They learned by watching, listening, doing, as Jesus taught them about and modeled for them the life they were to live.
    So as to if an infant, kindergarten, elementary, Jr. High, and High School Christian should watch these types of movies, I'd use the verse in 1 Cor 6:12 All things are lawful for me but not all things are profitable. Profitable "to be to advantage". I don't see how pagan/secular movies, having an agenda, are profitable for a disciple that is training to be like our teacher Jesus. Unfortunately many use the Christian liberty to watch and read these things yet if asked if they can share the Gospel, they can't properly bring someone through the Gospel. They can't even name the names of the 12 apostles, they can't indicate what happened on the days of creation, they can't quote verses, they can't even defend the trinity, and so on. So without attacking the accusers of this blog, I would caution the "mature" Christians that say "you are free in Christ" and you are free to saturate your innocent mind with things that are not profitable simply due to the fact that the foundation and maturing of a Christian is still being applied. So yes guard yourself/control yourself with proper instruction knowing the darkness can't touch the light but before the light act like the light of the world it has to have proper instruction and know Truth before it can determine what the darkness is.
    Also I would like to add, Jesus did hang out with the scourge of the town, however, they either repented or were offended when Jesus proclaimed the Truth. Matt 23, Matt 15, Matt 24, etc...
    It is the responsibility of the parents to teach, train, control, guard, hide, & disciple they're children so when they are in this world they will not be of this world. Daniel is a great example. He was founded on God at a young age so when he was pressed by the Babylons, he knew what was of God and what was not of God. The point is from Daniels birth, his parents pressed the Word of God on him so that he would be a light when the time came.
    Again God bless you Gab, and I pray more of the young are convicted by the Spirit and even their parents. This is why I teach my children the Word first and then bring in secular/pagan items to compare the Truth against the lies and only for that reason..Justin Ryan

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  5. Actually, I'm also a homeschooling teen. I'll be praying for you guys.

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