Here in Tennessee, the weather has been SO nice lately. I really hope it stays like this because I’m ready for long days and sunny weather!
This post is a bit random but is also a moment of conviction for me, so I wanted to share my thoughts.
When the first season came out, my sorority sister called me asking if I’d heard of Zendaya’s new show. I hadn’t, so she invited me over to watch it. The first episode with its montage of penises shocked me, to say the least.
And yet, I was intrigued.
So I kept watching, drawn to the toxicity and pain that each character displayed. I enjoyed how well each character was acted. The storylines were a mess but I tuned in each week to see what would happen next.
Sometime between season one and two, Jesus got ahold of my heart.
The more I learn about God the more I feel that I should look less like the world and more like Him. And a big part of that is what I internalize. I just can’t, in good faith, watch this new season and still feel like I’m creating a welcoming environment for the Holy Spirit within me.
I’ve been hearing that the new season is really good and I want to watch it but, something won’t let me. I know that I’d be exposed to a lot of stuff that I don’t agree with anymore. I know that I would be telling myself that some of the stuff on the show is ok.
Beyond that, my mind is truly blown that the stuff in the show is even allowed to be shown. I’ve never considered myself conservative but the more I know about the show the more I clutch my proverbial pearls. It isn’t even a judgment on the actors or the show in general. I can’t hold the world to the standards of God or judge them when they don’t meet them (1 Cor 5:12).
This is more so a moment of self-reflection and feeling like it isn’t worth exposing myself to the things that could plant the seed that would grow into me falling into temptation. I guess I’m learning that as a believer, I really have to monitor the things I do, say, watch and think.
I’ve known this for most of my life but it is starting to become a thought I keep in the front of my mind. It is becoming something that I am incredibly aware of.
So if you’re struggling with if you watch something, or have that second drink, or listen to that song, just know I hear you.
I see you. We are in this together.
I hope that me sharing helps you to identify your own areas of conviction and can also help you make the decision you feel best honors your relationship with God.