There’s a lot of talk today about clean eating and the many benefits to our health. Removing chemicals, preservatives, and a list of unpronounceable ingredients is a positive step in the right direction and makes good sense. Sometimes we may even be willing to pay a little more for a choice to support a healthy lifestyle.
In Psalm 51:10 David repented and prayed, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. As we take steps to ensure a healthy heart physically, it is a reminder to ask ourselves the same question about our spiritual heart. Clean eating for the inner person of the heart will take effort and won’t happen without being mindful and deliberate in our choices.
Unfortunately, a steady diet of the profane and impure is easily available at every turn. Therefore, how do we guard our heart, the wellspring of life? (Proverbs 4:23) Let’s begin with an inventory of daily intake. What are we watching, listening to, and reading on a regular basis? Do I need to know every salacious detail of a scandal or crime that finds its way into the news? Once it is in my mind, it is there, and the mind God has given us has the ability to create visual images as we read. Commercials also are created to impact the senses, often with sexual images and innuendo. Is there a better way to monitor and edit what we watch and allow our family to view? Even in the world of social media, much of it may be counter productive, or at the least costing us the precious commodity of time with little exchange, if any, that contributes to a clean heart.
Media shapes a culture over time through art, entertainment, music, and print. If we want to possess a Biblical worldview and a clean heart, we won’t acquire it from the media, quite the opposite. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Theological Seminary, noted in his article, “Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age:”
The confessing church must now be willing to be a moral minority, if that is what the times demands. The church has no right to follow the secular siren call toward moral revisionism and politically correct positions on the issues of the day.
Whatever the issue, the church must speak as the church—that is, as the community of fallen but redeemed, who stand under divine authority. The concern of the church is not to know its own mind, but to know and follow the mind of God. The church’s convictions must not emerge from the ashes of our own fallen wisdom, but from the authoritative Word of God which reveals the wisdom of God and His commands.
The church is to be a community of character. The character produced by a people who stand under the authority of the Sovereign God of the universe will inevitably be at odds with a culture of unbelief.
LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that while 90 percent "desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do," only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day and forty percent read the Bible once a month or less. As Christians, if we desire to develop Biblical literacy, a knowledge of God’s character, and a Christian worldview, we must be deliberate to embrace His Word as a priority in our lives.
The next time we see “clean eating” advertised and promoted at our local restaurant, may it be a reminder for us to pray Psalm 51 and seek the Lord’s help to pursue a clean heart and eliminate from our diet anything that doesn’t profit us spiritually. If in doubt, run it through the test of Philippians 4:8 to give clarity, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
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