Does it Matter What We Put In Our Brains?(a guest post by Casey Herringshaw)

Does it Matter What We Put In Our Brains?
It’s our music. It’s the movies we watch. The books we read. Our culture is Harry Potter and Twilight.
My heart grieves to see today’s teens screaming over the actor in Twilight (what is his name??) as he walks the red carpet. Plastering their walls with the darkness of Harry Potter or cramming their brains with non-God honoring material.
We become what we consume.
Consume filth and you will ultimately become filth.
I know, it’s a lot harsher than what a lot of people want to hear, but it’s a message that must be told. Though we might ‘promise’ ourselves we will forget the bad words, the inappropriate scenes and only read the story for the thrill of a good story, soon our minds won’t give that excuse any longer.
And you’ll be reaching for the erotica, the baseness of human literature, music or movies without stopping to realize what you are viewing is not God-honoring.
We become what we consume.
We are in the world, we should not BECOME the world. When we consume the ugly and indecent, we forget why God has put us on this earth: to share His good news.
More often than not we spread His good news through our actions. And which speaks louder: reading the latest erotica romance as you wait in the airport (or other public/private place) or a Christian novel or your Bible?
Actions speak louder than words. The books on our shelves, music we sing, movies we watch, tell the people around us about who we are and what we value.
Why would you tempt the devil in pressuring your weaknesses, in sending signals to the wrong people by your choices? However private you might think them to be.
We should be held to higher standards. BE held to higher standards. CHOOSE higher standards.
Yes I did mean to state that three times. Let it sink deep within you and take firm root.
We have so many options at our fingertips. God has given us authors, Christian artists in all industries of movies, books and music that can fill and lift us up with His love while still telling a good story.
We are surrounded by evil because of our fallen world. We shouldn’t take part in that evil.
We become what we consume.
So let’s consume CHRIST.
                                              Casey would like to offer a novel by one of her favorite Christian fiction authors, MaryLu Tyndall Surrender the Dawn. To be entered to win, leave a comment for why YOU think it’s so important to keep our minds clean and pure for God.
Casey.JPGCasey Herringshaw is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She lives in rural Eastern Oregon in a town more densely populated with cows than people. Taking the words and stories God has placed on her heart and putting them on paper is one of her highest passions in life. Casey is a member of ACFW. You can connect with her through her personal blog, Writing for Christ and her writing related group blog, The Writer's Alley


  1. Great post, Casey! This is a big issue with me for my kids. It's easy for them to be influenced by what others are watching, listening to, etc., and then just want to follow along. When we talk about purity, we talk about how it's not just physical purity, but what we let our eyes see and our ears hear. Is it God honoring? If not, then we need to let it go. "Pruning" things out of our life that don't honor God can hurt, but once the pruning is done, we can see that it wasn't so bad after all.


  2. By the way, you don't need to enter me in the contest. I won this one on Amber's blog. : )

  3. SO very true Michelle! Purity starts first and foremost on the inside with what we consume--and it's so much easier to love and follow the Lord when HE is the center of our universe.


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