One Shade of Purity

28 07 2014

Our world loves to dabble in grays. White and black are either considered old-fashioned or self-righteous. In our society, truth is whatever makes you feel good. Evil is anything that doesn’t meet the current standard of political correctness. Our culture swims in shades of gray. Gray represents compromise, inclusion, and comfort. The extremes of good and evil are too narrow for a modern mind.

As Christians, we struggle with gray, even as God calls us to a life of truth, holiness, and purity. Gray allows me some wiggle room. It invites me to hold on to personal preferences and pleasures. It tells me that one small concession isn’t going to hurt anyone. Gray tells me that I deserve it. It questions why anyone else should have a say in what I read, or watch, or do. It entices me to take control and choose my own path.

Gray, in all of its shades, is a lie.

Gray wraps pornography up in a book cover, selling it as a guilty pleasure. Gray parades immorality in front of us, telling us love has many facets and shades. Gray packages manipulation, selfishness, and degradation in a movie trailer, expecting that we will hand over ten dollars apiece to watch lust come alive on a screen. Gray is arrogant. Gray is a bully. It is time to tell gray “no.”

My Jesus Resolution today is to live in one shade of purity. I don’t need many shades of gray. I need Jesus. He is the only one who can rescue me from the shame, guilt, and regret that gray brings to my soul. Today I am going to commit to telling gray “no.” No matter how much marketing, how much hype, how much pressure, or how much enticement gray throws out, it is time to stand up to gray and reveal His light. The shadow of the cross is the only shade my soul needs.

 


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3 responses

29 07 2014
Karen Underwood

Cassandra,
This devotion is right on time, and absolutely beautiful!

Thank you,
Karen

29 07 2014
Rama Patterson

EXCELLENT!!! Thank you, Casandra, for speaking truth!!! Now we all need to put that truth in action!!! Speak up for what is right, true and faithful! It is time for God’s Word to shine in this beautiful country we live in.

29 07 2014
Paula Pancoast

Casandra, this is one of your best posts although they are ALL such an inspiration. You have beautifully captured what is happening to our nation and the world in general as shades of Gray misguide. It is time for us to further defend the truth during this spiritual battle that is underway. Your posts are truly an inspiration. Thanks for shining so brightly. Keep them coming!

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