Getting the balance of secular vs God tipped in the favour of the things of God is something all Christians need to do.
I don’t watch a great deal of secular TV, as I prefer to spend time on the things of God. Getting the balance of secular vs God tipped in the favour of the things of God is something all Christians need to do. That is not to say that we can never enjoy secular entertainment though. Personally, my wife & I, have been enjoying the Marvel movies and TV shows based in the M.C.U. (Marvel Cinematic Universe). The only shows that I cannot recommend are Daredevil, due to it’s extreme level of violence and Jessica Jones, due to it’s sexual content. My post, ‘Immovable!‘, was centred around a speech given on Captain America: Civil War and in this post I will look at a plot point in the TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The problem is that she doesn’t know that there is a problem.
Without getting into the complexities of the plot, one of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had her mind affected and subtly controlled, by what can most simply be described as, an evil man (it’s actually more complicated then that). The problem is, that she doesn’t know that there is a problem. Although she is being controlled, she has not become a mindless zombie or a robot. She is still the same person, but her connection with this evil man, has filled her with happy feelings, so that she thinks what he is offering is good. When two of her fellow agents attempt to rescue her, she makes it very clear than she doesn’t need (or want) rescuing, and tells them in no uncertain terms to back off. This is very often the position we find ourselves in as Christians – those in the world, who need to be rescued, do not want to be rescued. They do not recognise that they are in desperate need of salvation.
These people need salvation just as much as anyone else.
It is not unusual to hear people make statements like, “I don’t like Christians forcing their beliefs down my throat“, or “You can believe whatever you want to believe, just don’t try to force it on me“, or “You might need God, but I don’t need Him. I’m doing just fine by myself“. These people need salvation just as much as anyone else, but the devil has them convinced that either God doesn’t exist, or that what the world has to offer is far better than what God has to offer – which was something I explored in, ‘The Good Life or The God Life?‘. When dealing with these sort of people, who are easily angered by someone who is too forceful, we need to be sure to adopt a gentle approach. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:20-22 “Unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some“. In other words, Paul knew how to adapt, depending on who is was he was dealing with.
Using the authority of the Name of Jesus, we can bind the evil spirits.
It’s important to remember that the people that become defensive or angry anytime that God is mentioned are being deceived by the devil, who is using those feelings to stop the person from seeing the truth of the gospel message. If they are people that we interact with on a regular basis, an effective way to deal with how they act is to attack the issue in the spiritual realm. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 10:3, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh“. Using the authority of the Name of Jesus, we can bind the evil spirits that are blinding these people to the truth that God loves them. When we do this consistently over a period of time, we will begin to see their hearts soften, as they become more receptive to the things of God. We can also pray that God speaks to them when they are on their own. Most of the anti-Christian people that we meet, do not in any way compare to how anti-Christian Saul was before his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. It only took one encounter with Jesus to change him completely. Or remember Han Solo’s famous quote in Star Wars Episode IV: “Hokey religions & ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid“, followed by, “….it’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense“. Yet, in Episode VII his confession was, “Its true, all of it”. Never think that anybody is beyond salvation, what God did for Saul, He can do for them – but He needs you to be praying for it to happen.
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