Today in the FOCUS blog, in a post about judging the media we allow into our lives, "Some media is neutral: neither good nor bad for us." Their list for judging the media we allow into our lives is very good, even the point that seems to flatly contradict my point, and I would agree with them, even the seemingly contradictory point. And yet I would stand by what I said.
But for each of us, depending on the particular areas of virtue and vice in our life, even one man's adventure story will help or hurt the individual walk with God. For example, if I am prone to judgment then I might find myself judging, sinfully so, the choices and sacrifices he made to accomplish his obscure goal. If I am prone to rash decisions then reading his stories of danger in the Himalaya might make me waltz off to my local hills unprepared and become the next search-and-rescue story. If I am prone to see the best in things then reading his stories of doggedly pursuing a goal for years might push me to accomplish the delayed goals in my own life. But I truly don't believe that even a mountain climbing book is completely neutral.
|Annapurna, Viesturs's final 8,000 meter peak|
We're dealing with a God who loves us. Our response to him should be one of absolute love. We are preparing our souls to experience unimaginable beauty. We don't want the ugly things of this world, the ugly things we voluntarily let into our lives, to distract us from that ultimate goal. No cheap movies, music, or books are worth the inestimable beauty for which we are created.