I wonder if we each have radar of the kind of activity we will allow ourselves to be involved in? As our Christian faith grows does this radar mean that certain activities are no longer possible for us, as our radar picks them up in different ways?
Radar is a system for detecting presence; direction distance and speed of aircraft, ships and other objects by sending out pulses of radio waves and it can be a person’s capacity for intuitive perception, a special sensitivity for their values and beliefs.
It is the latter definition which makes me wonder what is on your radar?
I love musical drama, but lately I’ve found that I have not quite enjoyed musicals as I have in the past. It seems my radar for certain elements makes shows such as The Rocky Horror Show now distasteful to me where previously I had no problem at all! This even applies to the musical Jesus Christ Superstar – it has been a favourite and I can sing along to all the songs but now I question parts of it! I know as you get older (and hopefully wiser) tastes change – my palette has certainly developed more now than when I was 18! But in music – here I have been quite surprised. I know noise levels differ – the louder it is when younger is awesome but when older it becomes painful and not as comfortable.
After a recent show, and Denis and I do love a night out at the Theatre, it was a balm to my mind, senses and hearing to climb into the car and switch on Christian CDs!
My Christian radar has been heightened—–does it make me a prude? Is so, well bring it on, but there is more of this world which becomes tasteless now the nearer I grow to God. I wouldn’t have it any other way—and it seems that Holy Spirit is showing me more or what is unacceptable to Him than ever before.
We attended a Charity Gala night the other week, and unbeknown to us there were burlesque dancers from an amateur group on the programme. However, risqué became blatant strip tease as the night wore on and Denis and I found it very uncomfortable. Observing the audience, there seemed to be a great deal of being ‘laughed at’ as the women tried to be ‘artistic’. I wondered too why the women felt they could only be attractive in this choice of activity. Is this what God wanted for them, His plan for their potential? Is it attractive, edifying or good?
Holy Spirit also leaves when it is too much—as related by Isaiah (59:2) it is sin and evil, which cuts us off from God. God even turned his face away from Jesus on the Cross – because the weight of sin was too much! For me, in the situation with the burlesque dancers, I found I had to leave the room – it was too much and I didn’t want to have any part of it!
- Have you found the same?
- What has suddenly appeared on your Radar as you have grown in your faith and is no longer palatable?
Let me know I’d love to hear from you.
“To be pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe,
nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”
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