There is an old computer saying that goes GIGO. Garbage in, Garbage Out. If you input nothing but garbage into a program, nothing will come out but garbage.
My friend, Bob, had trouble sleeping the other night. So, he ended up going on Hulu and started binge watching “Who the (BLEEP) did I Marry?” According to imdb, this show tells the real stories of men and women who lived happy, seemingly normal lives with the people they loved — and who they thought they knew. When a clue or mishap causes them to dig further into the secret lives of their spouses, the shocking truths lead them to wonder who it is they really fell in love with. These stories include husbands with multiple families, spies working under cover, those who steal thousands of dollars, and others whose double lives include murder.
After watching all this garbage, not only was Bob sleep deprived, but he started thinking strange thoughts. (Well, stranger than usual.)
I was talking to Bob the next morning, and he started telling me about this show. Then, he started joking, “Now I am thinking, how do I know you are what you say you are and aren’t going to kill me where I stand? Maybe you are not disabled, but are waiting all these years being perfectly still waiting to pounce on me and slit my throat!! And this whole time, you are sticking out your tongue at me.”
Before you attack Bob with pitchforks and torches, I KNOW he was kidding. However, it just goes to show you that whatever you put into the brain will come out. Garbage In, Garbage Out.
God wants only good things to go into the brain. That is why he said in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.”
I have to watch what I put in my mind.
I can put hateful thoughts in my brain, and all I will do is breed hatred. I can put self pity in my brain, and I will breed anger. And yes, I can feed myself porn, and all I will do is have unreal expectations of women, and breed frustration and shame.