It’s the season of Lent.
A season where, following in Jesus’ footsteps (Matthew 4:1 — 11), I “go out into the desert” by putting myself to the test for 40 days.
Whether it’s cultivating a good habit — like praying before I go to sleep — or getting rid of a bad habit — like constantly looking for something to criticize — over the next 38 days (Lent started 2 days ago) I am committed to bettering myself in some way.
This Lent, I am giving up criticizing Movieguide, Pure Flix, and other organizations that I believe give Christianity a bad name.
I would spend hours online trying to talk to the people behind these organizations, and criticizing their articles. Even going on social media to criticize them there.
I would say that nothing good has come from it.
As far as I can tell, nothing has changed in the almost 3 years that I had been paying attention to organizations run by Christians.
So, I’m going to put a stop to it.
And, so far, things have been… weird.
I feel like I’m going through a kind of withdrawal. Negativity withdrawal.
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
I spent so long cursing the darkness, and I’m finding that my candle-lighting skills need work. A lot of work.
I’m tempted to write about a movie like Pure Flix’s The Case for Christ.
But! Since it’s Lent, I’m writing about Life is Strange instead.
And it feels good.
It feels good to be devoting my energy to something that uplifts me rather than something that makes me facepalm.
It just goes to show that positivity is a stronger force than negativity.
I could get used to this.
There’s a lot of crap produced by Christians.
And, the way I see it, that crap will be justly forgotten one day.
So why even give it the time of day?
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness…
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.