It's just words. It's just a book. It's just a movie. It's just a show.
Words are never innocent. They are not benign. They are never without power and effect. Just the opposite. Words melt hearts, change minds, bring peace and cause wars. Words plant ideas, thoughts, deep rebellions, spark revolutions. Words deserve respect, fear and measuring.
As followers of Jesus we must understand that everything we subject ourselves to has an effect on us. If we are aware of that then we can always be on our guard against those things that would try to separate us from Jesus. If we are not aware then we could become victims of words just like Eve.
It doesn't mean we don't listen. I hope we are stronger in our faith than that. But as you listen weigh the words that are spoken. Undress the ideas presented and examine their validity against the Word of God. We have nothing to fear from words unless we accept the wisdom of man to be of greater worth than God's.
There is the crux of the matter: We must be centered on the Word of God, with a sure foundation of solid faith beneath our feet. We must get the Word of God in, have a good healthy understanding of his wisdom, as well as a great revelation of his love and plan. Without it we will be mugged by every "brilliant" thought and idea presented to us.
Paul warned the Ephesians and the Spirit warns us:
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Ephesians 5:6-7)
When Jesus is left out of them and the wisdom of God set aside from them, words become empty of any value. We are told not to be partners with them. If it is not supported by the Word of God we must not allow those words to plant themselves in us, rejecting and denying them for the sake of God's truth. There are a lot of people being deceived because they study the empty words of man over the wisdom of God. They call themselves Christian for a time but their fruit speaks the truth.
We only have a short time here to serve our Lord and to become spiritually mature. We don't have time to waste on empty words that produce nothing but death. You have to choose wisely what you read, watch and listen to. Too many of us waste too much time on music that entertains but that does not edify. We waste hours on scrolling through social media that numbs our mind and distracts us from our purpose. We never have time to study the Word but we have plenty of time to waste on television, internet, music, games, FaceBook and tumblr.
What are we doing?
Who do we belong to?
What are we filling our head with?
Our pursuit in life should be to gain greater spiritual maturity. You are not going to achieve that watching "The Big Bang Theory". Our desire should be to increase in our revelation of Jesus' love. That's not going to happen listening to "Lady Gaga". Our purpose should be to reveal Jesus to every person lost in this sick, dying, and very dark world. But that's not going to happen as long as you are lost in the world of "Fifty Shades Of Grey". Don't be entertained by the darkness and allow it to seed it's empty words into your heart. Instead, bring the Light to the darkness. Make a real difference. Make an eternal difference. Weigh those words. Measure them against Jesus. Seek maturity:
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. (Ephesians 4:14)