A realization of responsibility

Tonight I was flipping through channels, and came across a show on one of my old, favorite TV channels.  The show began, and at first, it seemed to be just like any other, dramatic show about life in high school played by actors that definitely weren’t in the 14-18 year-old age range.  Biting my tongue from criticizing how those girls looked like 23-25 year old supermodels rather than juniors in high school, I kept watching and figured that I was being “too severe” or something.  However, when the next scene came up, two girls were shown getting a little “too friendly and frisky” with one another–if you know what I mean.  I was absolutely appalled!  After all, this show was being aired at prime time on a “family station”!

With a pen already in my hand, I considered writing a letter to Dr. James Dobson and “Focus on the Family” right then and there!  I didn’t…well…at least not yet.  Something else happened, though.  I had a realization.  A big realization…

As I watched that “high school drama” about girls lying, cheating, gossiping and having romantic relationships with people of the same and/or opposite sex, I realized that there was NO TELLING how many other, young girls were watching it too.  What a sad, sad realization… Perhaps now more than ever before, teenagers are being bombarded with more messages to say that their beauty and value come from anywhere BUT from God, the Creator and Lover of their souls…

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“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2, ESV

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead, fix your attention on God.  You’ll be changed from the inside out.  Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:2, The Message

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In her song titled “Albertine,” Brooke Fraser sings, “Now that I have seen/I am responsible/Faith without deeds is dead.” Do we truly believe those words?  Whenever we see a conflict in our own lives, work place, culture, country, world, etc, does it just make us emotional in some way, or does it actually move us to action?

Look up!  Lift your nose up from the grindstone and look out at life being lived all around you.  We have seen; We’re all responsible, dear reader.  The question now is what we’re going to do with that responsibility…

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