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Friday, June 20, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Colossians 3:5-11(NASB)
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-- 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
How well are we letting God renew our minds? It's hard to get away from the laundry list from verse 5, especially if you watch any TV or do any radio channel surfing. I remember one blogger mentioning that even clean TV shows have raunchy ads for other less-clean shows and that there is little TV left that doesn't lend itself to the gutter. Renewal requires transcending our culture and meeting one-on-one with God. Our go-go culture doesn't allow for the idea of stillness and taking time to be alone with God. I remember some movie dialog (Terms of Endearment, IIRC) where one troubled character discounts immediate gratification therapy for taking too long. God works on His pace, which may take some getting used to. That renewal doesn't require becoming a monk, however. Even slaves had the offer open.

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