When I was younger, the FCC held higher standards, limiting adult content to late night television. Now, whether its sitcoms laughing at broken marriages, questionable commercials during sporting events or indecent lyrics within modern songs, wholesome thinking is being phased out. In a recent Philadelphia radio ad, charities are now selling tickets to hear local celebrities made fun of, mocked and roasted in public. I guess sin does sell.
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving, Ephesians 5:4.
Unfortunately, negativity is nothing new. In a letter to church officials in Ephesus, Paul addresses a concern he experienced first hand during his long stay. When an individual steps across an unwritten line, there’s a temptation to join in, similar to a feeding frenzy. Even if you didn’t start teasing someone or throwing another under the bus, resisting the desire to jump in is difficult. Weekly, I find myself participating, indulging in unwholesome talk before its too late to take something back.
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking, 2 Peter 3:1.
The disciple Peter who also had a reputation for running his mouth came to a crossroads. At some point near the end of his life, Peter became an advocate for wholesome thinking. Torn up inside over the collateral damage of hurtful words, Peter encouraged believers to embrace wholesome thinking. Therefore, if you’re feed up by societies destructive vocabulary, join this fight by stimulating those around you to engage in wholesome thinking.
by Jay Mankus