Last night I went to ‘Legally Blond – The Musical’ at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, It was a good show, (sounds very much like ‘Wicked’ musically and I am confident that there will be a Glee mash-up that comes from that similarity) but I’m not here to review that right now. What I did want to talk about was the way small reminders lead to small compromises and can open up a very slippery slope in your mind towards past, present and future sin.
Now, what does that have to do with ‘Legally Blond’ and its music? Well, having studied music (not very well according to my uni results and efforts), all kinds of music sticks with me, anything from the radio to the shopping centre backing music and particularly annoying to me are the TV ad jingles. So as usual after going to a show the night before I woke up singing one of the songs in my head (usually the most annoying one) and today was no different, I woke up singing a song called ‘Omigod You Guys’, easily the most annoying song there is in the show.
Now the word ‘omigod’ is nothing offensive, ‘Oh my God’ on the other hand is not that great, taking it even further, a disrespect for God instantly builds a wall right in front of God’s face, more like a mirror, that begins to block God out and reflects our own image when we look in the God direction. When we look to ‘God’ all we see is ourselves, because God is just part of a joke to us now.
The issue is that often what seems like a seemingly harmless or my particular weaknesses, mainly because its not important and God’s forgiven me for not being song/advertisement/picture/sights/places can unlock other thoughts in our brain, thoughts of past sin, thoughts about your particular weaknesses, thoughts of current arrogances, etc. Now I’m not going to go into my past sins, perfect and is helping me get further down that path daily, but what I do want to say is that the brain is a very very powerful tool, for both good and bad. The brain is where we process everything, it is impossible to do/see/think anything without the brain processing, making a copy of and acting upon those things based on past knowledge. If you haven’t conditioned your brain to do the right thing, conditioned it to think anything other than WWJD then you are stepping onto a slipper slop every time you wake up. All things feed from direction of the brain, both physically and spiritually, the physical heart and the spiritual ‘heart’ both take their lead from what the brain tells us.
Now I don’t blame Legally Blond for having a seemingly harmless song stick in my head, it is their job to make it catchy, I don’t blame the world for be saturated with impurity and ungodly compromise, just like can’t blame anyone else for how my brain functions other than myself. I conditioned it, I’m adult, if I don’t want my mind to give me garbage during the night and in the morning, I need to stop feeding it garbage during the day (just to be clear I am not making comment on the shows quality.)
In Proverbs 4 we are given this warning:There was nothing wrong with the song, there was nothing wrong with the visuals, there was nothing wrong with anything, but that’s the majesty of life and thought, that everything is interpreted and reacted to differently by different people, that’s what makes us different, that’s what ‘free choice’ and ‘life’ brings, it all depends on the state of your conditioned mind what path a simple song or word can take you on.
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free from perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or to the left;
keep your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:23-27 (NIV)
Your mind is powerful beyond measure, your ‘heart’ is what it produces, as with actual food, what you feed it will be what it feed you back with, it’s what we build our knowledge upon. Feed it God’s word not the trash the world has to offer. It can be a simple word like ‘omigod’ that takes you on a path away from God. What have already feed yourself today (both good and bad) that will come back to you tomorrow?
Just a Thought