Our lives are full of cultural influences, which become toxins, that which has become accepted and normal in our country. However, it wounds our soul and damages our spirit. This toxins are found in our literature, music, television, films and movies, billboard advertisements, etc.. If we allow it to enter in to our mind, we become contaminated.
Beloved, don’t imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn’t seen God. 3 Yochanan 1:11 WMB
This new cultural norms, are lies to those who make a decision to live a righteous life. These harmful lies, in which many of us believe are rooted in the idea that if everybody is doing something, then it is safe for us to do so as well. The truth is, that if everyone are doing something and do not appear to die, it doesn’t mean that we are not been wounded spiritually.
Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 WMB
In regards to cultural toxins, the smallest of a dose can be more harmful and bear distraught fruits in a long time. It is therefore very important to strive to get rid of these toxins in a timely manner, that is to say, as soon as possible, before they have time to seriously destroy our lives.
Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let’s keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 WMB
Having therefore these promises, beloved, let’s cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 WMB
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Yochanan 15:1-5 WMB
Today, it is easy to get ensnarled by cultural toxins, especially if we try to justify them in our mind. Many of us, to include myself, have thought something in a similar manner as “well if it doesn’t hurt me, it will not kill me”… or other similar thoughts… Albeit, God’s words sound somewhat differently. Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter six, that if we can, it does not mean that we should do it.
Ask yourselves, What standards are you using to filter out the cultural toxins in your life? How do you think your standards coincide with God?
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are expedient. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be brought under the power of anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 WMB
Therefore “‘Come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you. I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 WMB
So one may ask, How do i identify cultural toxin when having a run in with them? Good question o saintly neighbor! Ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I get attracted to sin?
- Is it pleasing to God? and
- Did it violate my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ?
Likewise, use 1 Thessalonians 5:21-24 as a standard… Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.
The earth is the Lord’s, with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell therein. For he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods. Who may ascend to the Lord’s hill? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, and has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalms 24:1-5 WMB
In regards to cultural toxins, it is important to not only flee from sin, but also things that can lead to it. We need to be due in diligence to strive to live clean. Strive for what is important to God, and not what is important to people. Think and live in a way that will bring you closer to Christ.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. The Lord take away sickness from among you and may He meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Amen