Sunflower Seeds and Condiment Pong

What goes in must come out.

I remember being in little league baseball as a young kid. I was a professional. Well, that’s what my parents thought at least. I was really just good at picking flowers from the grass and throwing them really high in the air. I was also really good at chewing up and swallowing sunflower seeds. The following day was when I heard something along the lines of, “what goes in must come out.”

I didn’t really quite learn my lesson because it was easier to just get the tastiness from the outside of the seed. Also, I wasn’t really good at removing the inside seed without having to use my fingers. I made the same mistake quite a few times until I finally decided that it just wasn’t worth it.

In high school, I learned the same lesson. A group of my friends and I (shout out to POC4L) decided that it was a good idea to grab anything and everything from the refrigerator and cabinets and mix them together to make an absolutely disgusting concoction. We would then take turns making ping pong balls into the cups thereby forcing our opponent to drink the nastiness that awaited in each individually created torture beverage. I could down a few of them but eventually, well, what went in would just simply come out.

In both of these situations you probably laugh. You probably say, “what an idiot.” The only things that would come from the two of these situations is pain and discomfort. People look at this situation and say, “you silly goose, what did you expect?” They say, “didn’t you know what goes in must come out?”

I would agree. I would think it would be crazy to think that crystal clear water would come out after ingesting a Tabasco, soy sauce, Bisquick, peanut butter, ketchup, and milk drink. I wouldn’t expect sunshine and rainbows after chewing up and swallowing sunflower seeds either.

The same goes with really anything. I wouldn’t expect to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger (What a hard name to spell) from sitting on my couch and eating donuts and drinking Monsters. I wouldn’t expect to pass an engineering exam if I studied for a Survey of the Fine Arts class.

We just sort of accept these basic facts. Working out = Muscles. Studying = Good Grades. 30 donuts a day + 3 Venti Java Chips from Starbucks + A Gallon of Soda + No Exercise = Obesity. But, we don’t transition this over for what we watch and what we listen to.

We are quick to say a poor diet leads to poor health but we make no effort to filter what we see or what we watch. This is troublesome and this could cost you.

Let’s just take the religious aspect out of it for a second. Here is the abstract to “Implicit and Explicit Consequences of Exposure to Violent and Misogynous Rap Music:”

“In two experiments, primed subjects were exposed to violent and misogynistic rap music and control subjects were exposed to popular music. Experiment 1 showed that violent and misogynistic rap music increased the automatic associations underlying evaluative racial stereotypes in high and low prejudiced subjects alike. By contrast, explicit stereotyping was dependent on priming and subjects’ prejudice level. In Experiment 2, the priming manipulation was followed by a seemingly unrelated person perception task in which subjects rated Black or White targets described as behaving ambiguously. As expected, primed subjects judged a Black target less favorably than a White target. By contrast, control subjects rated Black and White targets similarly. Subjects’ level of prejudice did not moderate these findings, suggesting the robustness of priming effects on social judgments.”

This isn’t the only one either. Look up the effects of (insert adjective here) music on the brain. You will get a lot of results and a lot of findings that would agree with what goes in comes out. The article above shows increases in racial stereotypes. In the article itself it shows that violent and misogynistic rap music skews the way we think about the abuse of women.

I could go on and write an entire blog about this article and the findings in this article but I won’t. I will, however, talk about the implications and the importance of this theme and the culture that we live in. We need to stop for five minutes and we need to think about what we are viewing and what we are looking at.

As Christians it is our duty and obligation to be the voice of reason. It is our duty to build up and uplift those around us.

James 3:10 – 12 says, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

What are you dear Christian?

Have you every been parched?

There are times when I just crave an ice cold Dr. Pepper. I go to a fast food chain and I order a large Dr. Pepper. I take a large sip and….. spit it out.

What on earth did I just taste.

Root Beer.

Gross.

Normally I would have no issues with root beer but I was expecting a refreshing Dr. Pepper and I got Root Beer instead.

I’ll ask again… what are you dear Christian?

Are you the well that produces fresh water or are you the Dr. Pepper that’s really a Root Beer?

Do you know why I think people are so turned off and sick of Christians and Christianity? I think it’s because we have a lot of brothers and sisters claiming to serve Dr. Pepper and giving out Root Beer instead.

We tell people we love Jesus but we are viscous and unforgiving with our words.  We claim to love a merciful God but we are cruel. This doesn’t just come from nowhere. You don’t see a physically fit person say they got fit and buffed up from sitting on the couch and you don’t see a morbidly obese person claiming to be fat from a strict diet and rigorous workout routine. In the same way, you shouldn’t have a profane, cruel, unforgiving, and merciless person claiming to love a perfect and loving God.

It all starts from what you are putting in. If you are watching inappropriate and vile things then don’t be startled when inappropriate and vile things come out.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

I’ll end with this, put trash in and trash will come out. Fight the culture and what it’s feeding you. If you don’t know where to start look up “30 Day Challenge KLove.” Let me know what you think.

Rudman, Laurie A., and Matthew R. Lee. "Implicit and explicit consequences of exposure to violent and misogynous rap music." Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 5.2 (2002): 133-150.
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