Ephesians 2:1-10 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
I am dumbfounded at the reality of how many people are obsessed with the dead. “The Walking Dead” is known for using Scripture out of context, people are blogging about what they think various passages mean as they watch the show, and the enemy sits back and laughs leading the multitude away from God. He attempts to “give life” to dead things, iZombie, The Twilight series, vampires, and more by giving characters names, emotions, and everyday life situations as if they were real.
I am a huge superhero fan; have been before superheroes were what they are today. I know a lot about the heroes, but more importantly, I know a great deal about the creators, writers, and illustrators. Over the years I have taken the time to read who they are, why they stayed in the business of comic books for so long, and what caused them to create the characters they did. It is interesting to me that many of the heroes who continue to stand the test of time were created by those who read their Bibles and understood the virtue of right versus wrong, good versus evil.
Can you differentiate between fact and fiction? Your enemy is warring against you on the battlefield of your mind. As an author and lover of books, movies, and music, I can appreciate a well-written story or lyrics that convey a message from the heart. However, I am responsible for what I choose to take in, understanding full well that that content at some point will most likely come out in word, action, or deed. Therefore, I have to be mindful of what I watch, read, and listen to.
Based on that, I have to pray and discern what God wants me to entertain in my life. However, most things we already know whether or not they are appropriate for our lives, yes? To discover whether or not we have crossed the line, there is only one resource you need to go to and that is the Word of God. Perhaps it is good for us to remember John 10:10 when Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” My friends, CHOOSE LIFE!