Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A toxic enviroment? Where?!

How does one decide which environments
are better or worse than others?
A friend and I were talking during the Superbowl half-time (which I shut off) about schooling.  I was home schooled, he was not, and he knew several of the teens and young adults in the facility were also of my academic background. He apparently had a bad experience through his public schooled years, which I'm sure not all agree with, but still went on and on about how "toxic" the "environment" was.  Sure, I can agree that there are many cons to the American school system, and the peer pressure and drama, not to mention bullying and gangs, are an ever-present and ever-converting threat.  But while I agree with his sentiment that a group of secular adolescents all competing to be the most stupid, and who gets the most facebook friends or the cutest boyfriend/girlfriend, I would say that he omitted the toxicity of the environment outside the schools. I have nothing personal against public schools, and I wish to make that very clear. They can be an agent in raising some very healthy and intelligent people. But I cannot help but think of why one would rail on against the loose morals of the schools when they could not be persuaded to change the channel during the half-time performance (Beyonce).  How is that any less toxic?  Especially because the game was projected onto a wall, and therefore her swaying image was life-size in a dark room.  I ask again, how is that any less toxic? I ended up pushing the power button because I was sick of it.  And to bring up another "toxic" subject, what about the middle-schoolers gathered on the corner-couch, playing MASH and seeing how far physical interaction could go before adult intervention was required.  Don't even get me started on pornography, substance abuse, most TV shows and commericals, unhealthy music, ungodly or useless conversation, violent video games, etc. etc. etc.  Anything against the heart of God is toxic, and He is the antidote.  That doesn't mean we have to become hermits, hiding ourselves away from the evils of this world, for the former monk Martin Luther realized that evil comes from the inside; evil is in the heart of mankind!  All toxicity comes from inside of us, our sin and evil desires.  Therefore, we do go into the world. As Christians, we go into this toxic world, relying on God to cleanse us, and to help us resist temptation (aka. toxicity).
 Anyway, I'm sorry about my rant.  I'm tired of people dissing an activity or person, then turning around and doing something just as bad. I know, I'm guilty of hypocrisy too, and I'm not trying to down anyone else for doing that.  It is just another part of human nature! But please, look inward before pointing fingers. "Toxicity" is just how this world works, but we need to look at the perfect example of Jesus Christ.

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires." Galatians 5:24

 "And you may be sure that your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23

"And the secrets of his heart will be laid bare." 1 Corinthians 14:25

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