“I had an interesting encounter with a neighbor the other night,” Stan began.
“What happened?” I asked.
“He and his wife invited us to go to a movie with them,” Stan replied.
“How was it?” I asked.
“Didn’t go,” was Stan’s response. “I had heard about the movie and knew that it was “R” rated. I thanked my neighbor for the invitation, but told him that we did not go to movies that had an “R” rating.”
“How did he respond to that?”
“He wasn’t real happy,” Stan replied. “He didn’t say so, but I knew he thought I was being prudish. I told him we would be happy to go to another movie with them, but that we just didn’t want to spend the time and money watching something we really didn’t want to see. I didn’t mention it specifically to him, but my thought was that I really didn’t want to defile myself, or my wife, with something I knew was not pleasing to God.”
Continuing, Stan said, “The interesting thing is that my neighbor came by yesterday afternoon and said something to the effect the he really appreciated my stand about not going to see the movie. He said the movie was over the top of an “R” rating. That what he saw had given him nightmares and really bothered him. He just couldn’t get it out of his mind.”
“He also indicated,” Stan said, “that he was reconsidering the idea of going to that kind of movie. And he wondered if I had any movies I might recommend that we all go to see.”
“Did you have any to recommend?” I asked.
“I did,” Stan said with a smile. “On Saturday we are going to see a new movie that has gotten strong faith-based reviews. My prayer is that this may be the beginning of something new for our neighbors!”
Let us cleanse ourselves of all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you have given me your word and your Holy Spirit to guide me away from things that defile me and lead me in the direction away from what you want me to allow in my life. I confess that too often I fail to heed your guidance and instruction by opening myself to experiencing what the world, the flesh, and the devil have for me. Please forgive me. And please lead me away from all such defilement. Lead me into the holiness you have for me. Lead and help me to follow. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.