Pollution is the introduction of a harmful substance into an environment. This substance is introduced in such a way that the environment is not able to quickly and efficiently purge the foreign contaminant, and the environment is adversely affected by this foreign invader. Pollution degrades the contaminated environment and sends it into a downward spiral leading to death. Pollution is most often associated with the environment; however, the concept of pollution can be applicable to the human mind.
“All these promises are made to us, my dear friends. So then, let us purify ourselves from everything that makes body or soul unclean, and let us be completely holy by living in awe of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 GW). How do our minds become unclean? Christians are polluted by contact with the world system. From negative emotions to vulgar practices, the children of God are contaminated when we are exposed to the evil that is present in our society. Our “recreated” human spirits are safe, but as tri-part beings, there are parts of us that are still vulnerable to contamination and defilement. However, God has provided a way for us to fight against the pollution that attacks our minds.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV). Worldly contamination directly attacks our minds, but God has given us his word, energized by the Holy Spirit, and God’s word is more than able to counter the mental attacks hurled against us by the enemy. The children of God must study and meditate on God’s word. Through meditation on God’s word, our minds are cleansed, and false or wicked ideas are rendered ineffective. Christians should meditate on scriptures concerning every major life issue such as health, finances, peace of mind, and protection. When we give ourselves over to God’s word, the truth of scripture saturates our minds; and we are able to repel the lies and deceptions offered to us by the world. God’s word is not stagnant.
“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 AMP). The word of God is alive, and it saturates our entire being. God’s word searches our minds, and it confronts, subdues, and destroys what is false and outside of the will of God. However, God will not force his word on you, Christians must take time to read, study, and meditate on God’s word every day. The children of God must avoid contamination when possible.
Although God has given us powerful tools to use against the polluting influences of society, Christians must make a sincere attempt to avoid contamination. Because we live in this world, we will be subject to the attacks of the enemy; however, we can still moderate our contact with this world’s systems and philosophies to a degree. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17). Most of the time, the pollution of the world comes from what we see and what we hear. Christians should not make a practice of watching movies or television programs that present evil and perverse ideologies. When we are out and about, we cannot control what we are exposed to, but we normally have a high level of control over what we are exposed to in our private lives. The children of God should use their personal time to renew their minds with God’s word; and our leisure time entertainment should come from wholesome sources.
The pollution of this world’s system is real. Our minds are constantly under attack. A polluted mind leads to a defiled life. God’s word is our number one weapon against the contaminants of society, but we have to give ourselves over to it. We also limit what enters our minds when possible. The solution to mind pollution is a mind that is saturated with the word of God. The pollution of this world is significant, but it cannot stand against the power of the word of God.