We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Duchamp’s Fountain

Picture a signed, upside-down urinal. It was first exhibited behind a curtain in 1917 at the Society of Independent Artists but was rejected as serious art. Now Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain is worth $3.4 million! This scatological “art” is intended to shock the public, parading its worldview that there are no absolute values.

A culture’s unrestrained morality will always manifest itself in its art, film and literature. Our children are being exposed to realms of evil and scatological themes that ought to be forbidden. Textbooks are filled with this new world view.

We are no longer repulsed by what was once only seen or heard in secret. Recently a Christian teacher casually shared how her teen daughter loves vampire books. I didn’t know what to say-how could she not know how harmful this is to her child? How could she not know that we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ or that what a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes.

May I offer a suggestion that I call the replacement principle: if you take something away, substitute it with something better. I suggest the book, A Peep Behind the Scenes; printed in 1878, this book quickly sold over 2 ½ million copies. Another favorite is the book Ishmael, the inspiring story of a young man who changes the course of American history for women in America. This book inspired me so much that the follow day I started a new ministry.

For too long Christians have been silent as they passively watch others shock the culture with grotesque sex and violence. It is time to that we sharpen our skills and become the creators and cultivators we were meant to be as we replace grotesque shock with the attractive glory of God!

“. . . as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

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