We’re taking a deep dive into the Beatitudes. Here’s today’s selection.
The world says: Purity is boring and outdated. Sex sells. There’s no such thing as sin. Anything goes.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
I was raised by Mike and Carol Brady.
I spent approximately 87% of my formative years parked in front of the TV watching reruns of shows like The Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy.
A document called The Motion Picture Production Code governed what Mike and Carol and Ward and June and Desi and Lucy could and couldn’t do on TV. Here are some examples:
- “Impure love” could never be portrayed as “attractive and beautiful.”
- Married couples (even Lucy and Desi who were married in real life) couldn’t be shown in the same bed.
- Naked navels were never permissible.
- “Pointed profanity” was forbidden, including any non-reverential use of “God” and “Jesus.”
- Dances which included “indecent movements” were prohibited.
- Even the sight of a toilet was considered too impure. As a result, the Brady kids were all forced to share a single toilet-free bathroom.
Wow. Things have changed a little bit.
The modern world mocks purity. Jesus mandates it. And not just in our actions — in our hearts.
But how on earth can we be pure in this filthy world? The Bible gives us a clear answer:
By living according to your word. (Psalm 119:9)
Ask God to fill your heart to overflowing with his 100% pure, soul-cleansing Word. And then live it out by the power of the Holy Spirit.