To the Frontlines of Faith – Scorekeepers…?
Key Bible Verse: I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers. … You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. – 1 Corinthians 5:9-10
Bonus Reading: Romans 12:14-21
Our responsibility isn’t to keep score. The ultimate victory will be ours, but it won’t happen here.
If we’re effective, we’ll thrill to see the Holy Spirit turn our efforts into positive benefits in the lives of some around us, but evil will survive, even prosper. We’re to keep living for Christ and leave the results to Him.
The scorekeeping mentality is most pervasive in our approach to television. Well-meaning but ineffective Christians spend much of their time monitoring telecasts to tell us how many acts of violence, sexually explicit scenes, and anti-Christian plots are seen on the nation’s networks.
Our job, it seems to me, isn’t so much to monitor evil as it is to provide alternatives to evil.
If the resources used to survey all those hours of television, report those results, and organize a boycott had been used to produce and distribute even one quality national program that pointed viewers to the more excellent way, that would be of more value than all the scorekeeping.
Participating in a boycott of products of companies sponsoring trashy TV programs might make us feel righteous, but has little to do with real influence.
—Bob Briner in Roaring Lambs
My Response: Do I tend to protest or seek to provide better alternatives?
Adapted from Roaring Lambs (Zondervan, 1993)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to penetrate my corner of Your world with the salt of the gospel.