Every time we remove something, a television show, or a habit, we have to replace it with something. Because when I remove something from my life, there is a void there. What do I replace it with? Well, think about music for example. Most of the music we listen to is going to be about sex, rebellion, and violence. That’s the secular music. “Well, man, I like the beat, Ed. I like, you know, the Rap type beat. I like country western. I like this, that. I mean…”
Do you know there are some phenomenal Christian artists who have the same beat but with good, uplifting, lyrics. You know, I think about a group called “POD”; I think about a group like the “Newsboys”. I think about “Switchfoot’. I think about “Shoreline”, Derrick Bonnet’s band that you just heard. I mean they have an awesome CD. So again, don’t leave here and say, “Man, Ed told me to put ear muffs on and blinders. And…” I’m not saying you can never listen to secular music. Come on! You’re a big girl; you’re a big boy.
So am I. But I am saying that a constant diet of it will affect you and it will affect me. And we’ve got to wake up and smell the espresso. I don’t say coffee, cause I like espresso, not coffee. Here’s another question I ask myself as a parent. You know next weekend I’m going to do a whole message on questions. I can’t wait to do it. I’m talking about leadership next weekend. But I love questions. Here’s the second question.