"So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise." - Ephesians 5:15 (NLT)

"Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity." - Colossians 4:5 (NLT)

Have you ever heard of "the Grandma Filter"? A "Grandma Filter" is a fictional device that some would measure how appropriate it would be to say or do something. For example, if you were wondering if a cuss word was appropriate, you asked yourself, "Would I use this word in front of my grandmother?" If the answer was "NO WAY", then you would not use at all.

Now I understand that grandma may not have always been the best example. However, the idea is that we must have a tool to measure what is appropriate and what is not in this day and age.

I had the type of grandma who would have slap me across the head if I were to use some of the words that some use today... many of which was once considered inappropriate to use by anyone, anytime. After my grandma passed away, I turned my "Grandma Filter" into the "Church Filter". In other words, if I would not stand up in the middle of church and use an inappropriate word, I shouldn't be using it at all.

The passages above speak volumes to the reason why some actions and words should not be part of the Christian life. Ephesians tells us to "be careful how we live", and not to "live like fools", but to "be wise". However, the other passage hits it on the head when it says, "Live wisely among those who are not believers...". The truth of the matter is, the world is watching. We have a huge opportunity to be the example of Christ in a world that is lost. Unfortunately, the world has become more and more confused as to what a "follower of Christ" really acts and sounds like.

Some boast about how they "walk the walk" in helping the homeless and giving to the poor, but their "talking the talk" is slightly different. Can you imagine how confusing this is and has become to the world? You even see it on social media sites. One post will throw "f-bombs" left and right, while another post on the same page will share an inspirational quote or Scripture. Very confusing.

"It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.... Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.” - Matthew 15:11, 18 (NLT)

As believers, we have this incredible responsibility here on earth to set the example for Christ in every aspect of our life. Yes, we are not perfect, but the Word is very clear that our witness is very important when it comes to leading others to Christ and showing them a better way.

I really like how it is put in 1 Corinthians 8:9...

"But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble."

There is already a lot of confusion in the world. However, Christians should never add to the confusion, but only point others to the One who has never been confused. So... be careful, the world is watching and listening.

Blessings on you!

Todd Inman


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Connections Community Church is an Evangelical Methodist Church and a sister church of

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