Should Christians Read Secular Books?

Ephesians 5:3,4 ” But fornication and all uncleaness, or covetoueness, let it not be named among you, as is fitting for saints 4)neither unfilthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting,  but rather giving of saints,

Romans 12:1,2  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, perfect and acceptable  will of God is.”

I have indulged myself in reading a few secular books. If I come across too many foul language as I read a book, it bothers me. It bothers me even more if a person I thought was a Christian used those words.  I understand that worldly Christians will use those words so it is my  fault if I assume the book would have no profanity.

As a writer, I am involved in a writer’s group on Facebook.  I expressed to these people why I returned a book, but they did not understand. I can’t allow my eyes to see profanity used often.  It is perfectly alright for the author to write what he or she wants and I I am not saying that author what she should write.  I am only saying that I should have been more careful in what book I download  for my Kindle.  Profanity does offend me, but apparently some Christians do not have the knowledge that I have that  it is also offend the Holy Spirit.  Jesus resides inside of us. It would be the same as if you went to a movie  theater and watched a rated R movie. Jesus is not deaf and blind. He sees what we see and hears what we hear.

So should Christians read secular books? We all have our preferences. If you are not convicted when you get a tattoo, who am I to judge you?  The same with reading books. Most books I read are usually by Christian authors (A few not) and are not Christian fiction yet I have seen no profanity used in their books.  An author friend of mine is a Chrsitian but her book is secular yet her characters do express faith in Jesus and all her stories have a happy ending.

 

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