March 5th, 2018

It’s another beautiful Monday morning here in Fort Worth and I thank God for another day to serve Him. I hope some of you are joining me in my “fast” today. I have committed to fast from food today as I am praying that God will bring revival in my own life and in the life of our church and in our nation. If you can’t fast all day let me encourage you to give up lunch today. Trust me, lunch is easier than going to bed hungry. Ha. And then spend that lunch time today praying that God will move through the power of His Spirit.
I think in my blog last year at this time I mentioned some justification for watching the Academy Awards. I think my argument was that we need to be in the world but not of it. We need to be aware of what is going on in our culture if we are going to be able to reach our culture. As Paul said “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). Let me just say that my axiom gets more difficult to follow every day. This year I did not watch the Oscars. I’m not pointing a finger at those of you who did. I just saw the list of pictures that were being nominated and I had absolutely zero interest in the ones that were projected to win. I have seen a couple of them including “Dunkirk” and “The Post” and the “Darkest Hour.” As a non-professional movie critic I can’t say I was a big fan of any of the ones I saw. They weren’t terrible but they weren’t extremely exciting either (and I’m a big WW2 history guy). But I also knew the two movies most likely to win and I wasn’t interested in either of them. The winner for best picture turned out to be “The Shape of Water” which is a story about a woman falling in love with a sea creature. And no I don’t think this is Little Mermaid 4. It supposedly is about learning to love others who are different than us. O…..K. But enough about this movie which I won’t be watching. There is a very real sense that Hollywood has lost touch with mainstream Americans but they still have a lot of cultural power. Hollywood through films and television has tremendous power to shape and mold culture. I am thankful for the increase in more Christian alternatives and I am looking forward to movies such as “I Can Only Imagine” but these movies will also never be up for Best Picture because they send a message that is contrary to the humanistic message of Hollywood.
So though I continue to espouse that we must not withdraw from society and our culture, we must also be very careful that our culture does not engulf us. It would be much easier to simply become a monk and avoid all the temptations of life but then we would also lose the potential for influence and impact in this world. My opinion is that it is OK to watch movies (not all movies) but we must make sure we are in His Word every single day. We must fill our hearts and minds with the good. We must become like Him. As George Mueller said, “I live in the spirit of prayer, I pray as I walk, when I lie down and when I rise.” When we live like that then we can impact our culture rather than the other way around.
The Singing Men of Texas will be at FBCWS this Thursday, March 8th @ 7:00 PM.
Block Party this Sunday, March 11th @ 4:00 PM at the Gold Creek Apartments! Come join us as we reach out to our community!!
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