I started studying the book of James this morning for personal growth and already Chapter 1 presents a challenge...
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: ... to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Now if you think about it when you read this scripture you might instantly think, "that's not really a challenge." But if you are so bold to say that without thinking about it then you might want to step back and rethink it for a minute.
What does it mean to really "keep oneself from being polluted by the world"?
Does it mean you stop reading or watching those shows that don't line up with scripture?
Does it mean you stop following politics so closely that you've started to become more of a political activist than a disciple? (Confession: That's been my problem lately)
Does it mean that you MAKE time in your BUSY schedule for spiritual growth and development?
Does it mean you stop hanging out with those friends (or family members) that are only going to lead you back to a past you've been trying to escape?
Or does it mean that you simply recognize more and more the surroundings you find yourself in so that you can put your guard up and prevent pollution?
Whatever this might look like for you, don't ignore the very important lesson this scripture is trying to teach us...
That preventing world pollution leads to "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless"!!
Wrestle with that a bit if you will, I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this.