The past few days two things have been on my mind: I’ve been thinking about humility, and I’ve been thinking about the statement “leaving out the bad and taking the good” in the case of watching things and reading things.
You can take, for example, Harry Potter. I’m sure you can find something good about the books–but is it worth it to read them?
Is it good for us to search through the mud to find a diamond? Won’t we get dirty in the process?
Many books present good material and bad material. In fiction books, the “bad elements” can many times be used to teach. But not always.
When we come to non-fiction, we’re facing a similar dilemma.
If a book presents good material, yet has many elements that go against God’s word, should we read it?
Not when the bad leads us astray, and is against God’s teaching. And we must ask ourselves: Can we really trust ourselves to avoid the bad to get the good?
It’s a tough question, I know. It’s hard for me to answer too.
So let’s go to the Bible:
“Test everything, Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
1 Ths. 5:21-22
Without thinking too much, we could look at that verse and see contradiction.
“Hold on to the good.”
Does it mean read a book and hold on to the good from it?
“Avoid every kind of evil.”
Let’s look back at Roman’s 12:9, which is a chapter on love.
“Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
When we read “gray” books, that include good and bad, should we be reading them?
Or a better question is: Are there really “gray” books and material?
Some things are left up to a Christian to decide for themselves. But where is the line?
We need to humbly go before God and seek the answers. We need to look at ourselves in a true light and honestly answer.
It hurts, I know.