“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Protection from Seaminess

(Please read Ephesians 6:10-18)

December 7

Most thoughtful people will agree that moral standards in this country have declined in recent years. Words and pictures that would have been banned several years ago are now commonly used on radio and television, and increasingly in family newspapers. It is not unusual to hear vile language on the street or in many workplaces. Even children use words which would have brought on a trip to the woodshed in yesteryear.

There’s no practical way for Christians to escape exposure to objectionable things, given the state of our society. That’s part of living in the world even though we’re not “of the world.” So we have to depend on a filtering described by Paul as “the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.”

If we take lustful pleasure in tawdriness, our shield is flimsy and needs to be strengthened. Paul’s writings tell us how: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Then more time with the Word means greater faith, stronger filter.

Does that sound too simple? Then consider that every component of the Christian’s weaponry in our text has its basis in the word of God: truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, salvation, sword of the Spirit. Without Bible knowledge, we can never go on the attack against seaminess, because we are weaponless – warriors without swords, like dogs without teeth.

So it behooves us to keep our faith-filter strong and do what we can to turn the “silent majority” into the prayerful populace, with a greater appreciation for what is right and good

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