I read the above passage and others like it, (e.g. Ephesians 5:1) and I am convinced that the bible is telling us that we should endeavor to become as much like Jesus as we can.
Every day, in everything we do, we should attempt to be like Christ.
“Houston, we have a problem!”
You see, there are many times when I just don’t even want to consider what Jesus would do – and therefore what I should do to be more like him.
Take movies for example. Would the Prince of Peace, the God who is love, find some of the movies I watch entertaining? I mean, really? Seriously, would Jesus choose to go with me to watch a movie which is basically 120 minutes of people beating, bruising, breaking and killing each other? Or would he say something like:
…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12: 30+31)
When I think of verses like these, how can I reconcile them to the movies I watch?
Sometimes I think Jesus would say to me, “You find THAT entertaining?’
Or what about those TV shows, you know, the ones that show and glamorise people living lifestyles that I do not believe are right?
Do I find shows about the love lives of people living deeply in sin to be entertaining?
I mean, really? Am I entertained by that? Why? If it was someone I knew and loved, I would be saddened and deep in prayer for them yet because it’s on TV, I just find it to be entertaining?
Oh, and don’t even get me started on horror movies. Glorifying evil? What’s that all about?
Maybe it’s just escapism. Maybe I just watch them for a few minutes of escape.
That begs the question though, why am I trying to ‘escape’ from a life where I’m striving to imitate the One who was good and holy?
If I watch this stuff for entertainment then why am i entertained by it? If I watch it for escapism then what am I trying to escape from and why?
Is violence and death and evil and sin somehow better, more entertaining, more desirable than being pure and holy?
Am I just playing at becoming more like Christ when I really want to be just like the world?
I wonder sometimes….
Am I trying to imitate Christ or am I trying to imitate the world and then put on a mask to try to make it look like I’m imitating Christ?
There are areas in my life where I definitely try to imitate Christ and areas where I definitely don’t. How about you? Do you have areas in your life in which you just refuse to imitate Christ?
What can we do to let go of these things and become a little more like our great example, Jesus Christ?