Most of the time when we think about something being toxic we think of some form of liquid or gas. Something like acid or carbon monoxide. While these things were probably the basis behind the definition, it’s not everything that is included. Here is Webster’s definition:
Toxic:1: containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation <toxic waste> <a toxic radioactive gas> <an insecticide is highly toxic to birds>
2 : exhibiting symptoms of infection or toxicosis <the paint became toxic two days later>
3 : extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful <toxic sarcasm>
4 : relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market
Now, after seeing the definition, we see that it can be other things as well. And for a Christian, there are things that fall into that category that do not apply to the “non-Christian”. These involve the people we choose to hang out with, the places we choose to go and the things we choose to do such as for entertainment. These things can be toxic to our walk with Christ and the relationship we have with Him.
It is our responsibility to identify the things that fall in this category and deal with them by removing them. Two main “toxic” items that comes to mind are movies and music. The world has a lot of us convinced that they are harmless. We often have ourselves convinced that its ok. We tell ourselves “it’s not like we’re watching porn or listening to satanic music.” The problem is that it’s a lie from the devil. Here are a few examples:
“I cast no stones” by Cody Jinks. While this is a very well written song it feeds us a lie and leads us the wrong way. It is a song of rebellion and gives the wrong impression. Sure we shouldn’t beat people over the head with the Bible. But the Bible is perfectly clear on drunkenness and “premeditated sin”.
“In heaven there is no beer” a popular Czech song sung by just about every Czech band. I used to love this song but this song is toxic. This song gives the impression that we should drink all that we can, as much as we can, while we’re still here on earth. It promotes drunkenness.
“The Shack” a book written by William P. Young that was recently made into a movie. This book/movie gives the wrong impression of who God truly is and what our relationship with Him should look like. While being labeled as a “Christian book/movie” it is a lie.
These are just a few and I could go on, but for the sake of time and space I’ll stop there.
We take for granted the battle that is taking place (Ephesians 6:10-12). It is very important that we see in our hearts that there is more going on that what we may think or see with our physical eyes. We play church on Sundays, and for some on Wednesdays, but we neglect the fact we’re missing the big picture.
To choose Jesus is to choose a lifestyle. A lifestyle free from the corruption of the world. To be set apart (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
In Acts 11:19-26 we see where the disciples were first called “Christians”. It wasn’t a label or title they gave to themselves but one that other people gave them. People saw their actions and the way they chose to live and gave the disciples that label. They lived so radically for Jesus that it showed in everything they did.
The only way we can accomplish this is to press into God and to remove anything that is toxic in our lives. As we draw closer to God, He will reveal the things in our lives that are not of or from Him. This could, and probably will, also include people.
We only have one shot at this thing called life. We only have one shot to get it right. The difference in the world view and the Biblical view is: if the world is right then I’ll still go to heaven, but if the world is wrong……….
I choose the Biblical view. I choose to believe that the God of the Bible is right. I choose to believe that Jesus came to save me, to save us. I choose to believe in the Bible and to take it literally.
Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes the truth makes you question what you’ve believe all your life. In the end it is still truth and there’s only one truth.