Renewing Our Minds in a Corrupt Culture

Today, we live in a culture that is filled with garbage—racy movies, crude music, and indecent pictures. Sexy ads and dirty jokes are everywhere around us. Putting this garbage in our heads is becoming normal. And, unfortunately, it is even becoming normal for Christians.
We make excuses for our habits, claiming that we like inappropriate music, movies, books, and websites because they’re entertaining or funny or creative. We try to downplay the swearing, coarse jokes, and racy pictures.

But, whether we like it or not, those things stick with us. Dirty words and indecent images seem to stay in our minds forever. Sometimes, they play over and over—and we can’t seem to stop them.

That is why we must be very careful when we choose what to look at and listen to. Maybe we’re not affected by every word we hear and every picture we see, but when we continually fill our minds with those immoral things, they start to corrupt the way we speak and act.

But God calls us to be changed by the restoring of our minds.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect(Romans 12:2 NASB).

How can we expect to have renewal of our minds with vulgar language from music, sexual scenes from movies, and inappropriate images from social media constantly running through our minds?

We can’t.

So is there a way we can have renewal? How can our minds be refreshed and restored?

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