Proverbs 4: 23 (NIV), ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it’.
Sometimes, babies are born prematurely and they have to be placed in machines to enable them breath. Naturally, the heart is supposed to help you pump blood, breathe etc. However, when we come out too early, this organs are not fully formed and so we need this machines (to incubate us); till we can do it on our own. Now, imagine that this machine suddenly or over time develops a fault but we are not aware. The problem has persisted for a long time, but when it manifests we say, it was sudden. It’s the same way with our Christian life.
As a Christian, what are you taking in? Some of us have watched all the 5 episodes of Game of Thrones. All well and good. But can you really handle the content in Game of Thrones? Or as a new Christian, you’re still struggling to breathe, then you go on to do things that people who have mastered the art of breathing can do. The fact that everyone is watching it does not mean you must join the bandwagon too. It’s not bad to watch it, but you must make sure that you have worked out your salvation to a point where the content does not move you, the devil is not sleeping. He’s waiting for you. And for some of us, it may come by what we listen to, what we watch etc. 1 Corinthians 10: 23 (ESV) says, ‘All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up’.
Now, if you’re strong enough to handle it, you have to think of your fellow Christians who are just growing up in the faith. Romans 14: 21 (KJV) says, ‘It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak’. We shouldn’t people to do things when you know they have not reached a certain level of understanding.
Whatever you do, make sure you measure the impact it’s going to have on your Christianity, whether negative or positive.