“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God…” vss. 6-7a
There is a huge variety of television and movie programming available to us in these days of Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube. Everyday we have dozens of new options for our viewing pleasure–it’s virtually impossible to keep up! And it doesn’t take a very large sample for us to see that the vast majority of our choices are not God-friendly. In fact spiritual or religious characters are usually presented in a negative way, and virtually none of them have what we might call a living faith. Instead we get a steady diet of blasphemy, cursing, and sexual excesses and can actually begin to think this is the norm in our culture. Now there’s no doubt that what we see has an effect on our minds–millions are conditioned to adopt the habits, language, and lifestyles of those depicted there. Hour by hour what we choose to watch changes us. Paul’s words to the Romans are a warning! What he describes as flesh is pretty much what we’re being deluged with! And when our minds fixate on flesh, he says, the result is death and separation from God. But when we set our mind on the Spirit, the road less traveled in our time, we will discover life and peace. People are still making that wise choice–it’s just not being seen on our entertainment screens.
Thought for the Day: How can I set my mind on the Spirit?