Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into a natural environment that causes an adverse change. The contaminant doesn’t need to be tangible, pollution can take the form of chemical substances or energy, such as noise, heat or light. Pollutants, the components of pollution, can be either foreign substances/energies or naturally occurring contaminants. Pollution started from ancient times when man created the first fires soot found on ceilings of ancient caves provides ample evidence of the high levels of pollution that was associated with inadequate ventilation of open fires. Toxic pollution affects more than 200 million people worldwide. In some of the world’s worst polluted places, babies are born with birth defects, children have lost 30 to 40 IQ points, and life expectancy may be as low as 45 years because of cancers and other diseases.
According to Jesus in Mark 7:21-23 the human heart is polluted, “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean” the human heart in its now natural condition is a cesspool of evil, which overflows into our words and deeds. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In other words, the Fall has affected us at the deepest level; our mind, emotions and desires have all been tainted by sin and we are blind to just how pervasive the problem is.
Evil thinking precedes evil living. Consider how we’ve deteriorated into a sex-crazed society you need not look far to see all the sexually-suggestive advertising, Viagra, breast implants, plastic surgery, butt implants, perversion, smutty magazines, escort services, divorce-remarriage, lewdness on television and adulterous nightclubs are all around. Even our music has become disgusting and perverted, containing vulgar lyrics which glorifies everything that is unholy and shameful. Even some of our so-called Contemporary Christian Music is sensual, inappropriate and worldly.
The old saying is that “sex sells!” Sadly, it’s true, because SIN SELLS. When untreated our wicked human heart will always gravitate toward sin and evil. People always tend to watch the raunchiest and most violent shows on TV. Since being immoral brings in higher ratings and more paying advertisers and endorsements, they do it. Our world is polluted by the toxic buildup of our hearts. Every time that a person lies, cheats or steals they undermine their personal character, becoming eviler.
The problem isn’t political, and it can’t be solved by political means. It’s not legal, and all the laws in the world can’t solve it. It’s not educational. If everyone had a doctorate, we’d still have a corrupted culture. It’s not financial; and if everyone were a millionaire, we’d still be in trouble. Only a pure heart will lead to righteous hands, and only a transformed life brings with it holy habits. Character is the subconscious doing of right, which comes only from the continual habit of doing right over time. It’s not enough to turn over a new leaf, pass a new law, elect a new president, or create a new slogan. The only answer is a new heart. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Only God can create a new heart within us – Psalm 51:10; Ezekiel 36:26. He promises to “revive the heart of the contrite ones” -Isaiah 57:15. The heart is the core of our being, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” – Proverbs 4:23. Very few people have a desire to please God. A believer who walks with God is a humble servant of God, in contrast to the arrogance of the wicked who mock God. The more you choose to follow God, that is to say, every time you choose to do the right thing, it strengthens that person’s spiritual character.
As Christians, we ought to desire to think, live and do right continually to please God. Albeit, don’t confuse the Holy Spirit of God living in you (as a believer) with personal character and discipline. If you get into the habit of obeying the Spirit, then you will develop a good character over time. The more you obey God, the harder it becomes to do think or do evil.