by Annie Duarte
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‘They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them’ (1 John 5:5).
Blind spots. Everyone has them while driving – those areas surrounding your vehicle that you simply cannot see without fully turning your head. These blind spots can be dangerous. We may not see an approaching vehicle or know when we are in danger.
We have spiritual blind spots too – places in our lives where the narratives and perspectives of the world sneak in without us even knowing it. We open ourselves up to the viewpoints of the world when we absorb a lot of worldly culture without refreshing ourselves in the Lord. An educated mind can indeed entertain an idea without accepting it, but at some point, if we do not realign ourselves with God’s truth, we start to give other voices more time and attention than we give God’s voice.
Think about the media you absorb in a day – what you read in the morning, what you listen to in the car, what you watch in the evening. What voices are you listening to? Are they voices of the world, or are they ideas drawn from the word of God?
That is not to say that Christians should shelter themselves and solely listen to Christian music and read the Bible exclusively, though you may feel called to that for a time. There is no command from Christ explicitly regarding these things. The Apostle Paul says to the Corinthians, ‘“I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” – but not everything is constructive’ (1 Corinthians 10:23). Just because we are allowed as Christians to absorb all types of influences does not mean that it is healthy for our emotional or spiritual wellbeing.
Make it a priority to keep yourself grounded in the truth of God’s word. If we don’t stay grounded in truth, we become vulnerable to the blind spots of our faith and make way for the enemy to feed us lies. If you are unsure about a voice in your life, ask Jesus what he thinks about it. What types of books, music, movies, and even relationships will be fuel for your spirit?
Lord Jesus, keep me grounded in your truth so that I will not be swayed by the commentary of the culture. Dwell in my heart through faith and help me to be rooted and established in love so that I may come to recognise your voice more and more. Amen.