Question: Why share false messages you don’t want people to believe? Why promote beliefs your own life can’t testify to? Why not simply preach Jesus? Why not present the gospel, the only true doctrine, to the world as it was presented to us?
Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are TRUE and HONORABLE and RIGHT and PURE and BEAUTIFUL and RESPECTED. Do what you learned and received from me, what I told you, and what you saw me do. And the God who gives peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:8-9, NCV
I knew someone who was at the beginning of her walk with God. She was thirsty. She was hungry. She was passionate. She was also unfocused and easily swayed. She asked for my opinion on her Biblical studies quite often. as you can imagine, I didn’t mind sharing it at length. She also asked many others within her circle their opinions and perspectives on her study topics at any given time. As a result, she got as many opinions on one topic as the number of people she asked. This frustrated her. And she couldn’t understand why there was no consensus within the Body. However, having her choice of opinions to agree with, she tended to gravitate towards the harsher and darker viewpoints. So much so, that she began to focus on the superstitions of the illuminati and considered it her duty to educate people on the dangers alleged “devil worshipping” celebrities posed to the believing Christian.
I often got upset and impatient with her because she was speaking filth into my ears that I otherwise would not have been exposed to. Why was she exposing me to something she didn’t want me to believe in and be deceived by? At the same time she’s sharing with me the evil master-plans of spiritually compromised celebrities, she was not interested in hearing my rebuke that the gospel – the good news Jesus preached – was the only thing she needed to preach to others. The Word of God is the only word she needed to study for understanding. Why? Because when people have the Word of God in them, His Word shines a light on all the darkness within them. It may be a slow process but the Word will work to eradicate all the surrounding darkness within the person believing and speaking it. That’s a guarantee from God Himself – He cannot coexist with evil.
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, He has turned away and will not listen anymore. ~ Isaiah 59:2, NLT
So, if you’re busy trying to understand evil things, you’re equally busy pushing God out of your heart. We are told in Philippians 4:8-9 to think only on good, pure things. This isn’t a clueless instruction given to make us feel good. It’s good instruction because the things you think about are the things you become like.
Want to become more Christ-like?
Think about Christ. Consider His ways. Meditate on His teachings. Become His disciple. Practice what He preached. Stop studying all the negative things of world and giving attention to the evil things of darkness. Don’t introduce hate to those who have not been tainted by its baleful bitterness. Christ did not succumb to the world; He came to redeem it with His goodness (obedience) and truth (the word in Him).
Be at peace. He has already overcome and made a way for you to do the same.