Impurity Filthiness Silly talk Coarse jesting These words suggest to me that there is a relaxed attitude about sin, that sin is not taken seriously. Yes, too often, I think, even among Christians sin is made light of and joked about. I think it is our way of defending ourselves— our defense mechanism. It is of course the natural way of the world, a way to block out their doom— the eventual wrath of God upon them. But there is no reason for a believer to act this way, since he is full of light from the Lord and has the promise of hope. Now take the counsel of Paul. He said, “Don’t participate in the things these people do” (NLT). By participate I would say he is saying not only should we not do the immoral things, but we ought not even listen to it or watch it. This makes it hard for a Christian doesn’t it? Because non-Christians are everywhere in the world— on the radio, and in the movies, and on TV. And they don’t have Christian values as we do. And we are faced with it all. The Christian is exposed to everything in the world. And even if he just listens to it he will pick it up. Oh my, what can we do? Well, we always have prayer, and the Holy Spirit, and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. And we can chose not to listen to certain things! I need to make better choices, I know that. Because the more I excuse sin— from myself or others— the more I am likely to give into it. Well, here is the truth about sin—from Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” And that’s no laughing matter!