I awoke about 4:00 am from a very graphic dream. Most of the time, dreams of mine are the result of too much pizza or spicy food, but there are those times when I am convinced they are messages from God. On the heels of last night’s Superbowl, I believe this was.
In my dream I was called to perform a wedding, and when I arrived at the church, another minister was beginning the ceremony as I waited my turn to participate. As the wedding proceeded, someone somehow informed me that the “Groom” in this wedding was entering an adulterous relationship, and had no biblical right to remarry. Furthermore, it became more and more obvious that this was going to be a “Same Sex” wedding–the attempted union of two men. Then the minister turned his focus toward me as if I were the other partner in this so-called wedding, and not just another minister in it.
Needless to say, this made me furious and I could not contain myself but began to cry out that not only was I not a “party” to this, I would have nothing to do with it, that I was there as a minister of the gospel. It was then that someone somehow communicated a message to me saying, “Anything you condone by your presence you have chosen to be a partner in!” And then, thank God, I awoke!!
Most of the commercials on last night’s Superbowl either exploited women, glorified sex, or promoted alcohol. The halftime show had to be turned off at our house because it looked more like what I would surmise someone would see in a strip joint, not what one wants in the living room for prime time! Much of TV and film “entertainment” glorifies adultery, is saturated with alcohol, fowl language, and violence!
As I awoke from my dream, this Scripture was running through my mind, “Who knowing the judgments of God, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but HAVE PLEASURE in them that do them” (Romans 1:32 emphasis mine).
Do we derive our entertainment from those things The Lord hates? Or do we “delight ourselves in The Lord?” Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 5 that we cannot totally avoid ungodly people. To do so would mean we would have to leave the earth altogether (1 Corinthians 5:10). Furthermore, if we avoid all sinners, we cannot be a witness. But to “take pleasure” (or be entertained, as one translation says) in what they do (Romans 1:32) is another thing.
Every believer–especially parents and grandparents–need to pray as never before for discernment and wisdom to make right choices about our sources of entertainment.
Anything you condone with your presence, you have chosen to be a partner in!
Great day in the morning!