The toxic lie so many of us believe is “because everyone else does it, it’s okay for us and won’t harm us.” The truth is just because everyone else does it, doesn’t mean that it’s right for us spiritually. Be careful and aware of toxic influences in your life that affect your relationship with God and others. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
It’s very easy to get trapped by cultural toxins because it’s easy to rationalize them in our head. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6 that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
“Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
What standards are you using to filter out cultural toxins in your life? How well do you think your standards match God’s? How do you deal with cultural toxins when you encounter them? You test them by asking these questions:
1.) Am I being entertained by sin?
2.) Is this pleasing to God?
3.) Does this lure me away from Christ?
What are some things you can do to completely remove cultural toxins from your life?
“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
“He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:4-5)