The following is from Rev. Franklin Graham in “Decision” magazine. “Hollywood, Entertaining ourselves to death? Whether or not we realize it, we all have been influenced by the entertainment industry more than we might think. When I was a young boy, about the most risqué’ thing I remember watching on television was Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke. Just a decade later, far more explicit and suggestive scenes were commonplace. Now,, even watching the advertisements on television or viewing the trailers fro movies is enough to make you blush. Our culture has been so desensitized to immorality and debauchery that we have lost even the semblance of a moral compass.”
Yes, and older that I am, than Franklin, I can add to this. In 1948 my dad an electronic engineer, and business owner, had the first tv in the State of NH. I was 8 years old with my picture in the newspaper. It was to change things forever, now as internet has forever changed having only tv. But we were back then taught morals, us girls taught to be young ladies, and have manners, respecting our elders, and saying please, and thank you. The Bible says, spare the rod, spoil the child. The family then was the backbone as the churches of this society. Now the Progressives have made the Government and their prodding technology, overseeing even our basic values, priority over the family, not to mention Obamacare.
“The Bible says: ‘But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, blasphemers, unholy, without self control; despiser’s of good, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. And from such people – Turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives; for their folly will be manifest to all. 2 Timothy 3:1-9
What a description of our world today and its godless entertainment. Are we turning away or applauding what Hollywood is pumping out?” (There are terrible scenes now on tv, with sex, murder, and even decapitation. Nothing is secret anymore, or kept private, including what should only be between a husband and wife and the marriage bed.)
“Such scenes should trigger righteous anger, but many parents do not regulate entertainment for their children or themselves.” (Used to be too, that children had chores to do around the house and yard, to earn an allowance. Now its gimmee, gimmee, I want and I’ll get on my terms.)” What about the Bible commands, and are they even welcome in our homes, instead watching the flaunting of sin that glorifies the flesh and curses the Name of Jesus (constantly on tv) while on Sundays He is glorified at church? Matthew 22:37 Is it possible to obey God with the whole mind while feeding on godlessness? The answer is no, yet we let strangers ‘creep’ into our homes and minds. Sinful entertainment deposits rubbish in the mind, giving Satan a foothold in our lives. Once There, he thrashes around even as we sleep.”
“To consider how far we’ve come in just 60 years is disturbing. Suggestive jokes in the 1970’s are today fully demonstrated in speech and acts, conditioning the carnal mind to openly celebrate shameful behavior. Even Disney World is preparing for Gay Day at the Magical Kingdom, exposing thousands of children to a lifestyle that the Bible calls corrupt. (Deuteronomy) Again the Bible declares, ‘For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds; bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ’ 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
Sinful entertainment deposits rubbish in the mind, giving Satan a foothold in our lives. (Ephesians 4:27) Once there he thrashes around even as we sleep. Whatever has entered the mind crosses the welcome mat as a thief and begins its lethal work of breaking down defenses. The moral compass that once guided our nation’s people has been ridiculed and rejected, making sin the national sport and pastime. What happened? Removing God-Consciousness from society has given way to self-gratification, chasing after the ‘sin which so easily ensnares’ (Hebrews 12:1). The Bible calls it folly. What is the antidote? “put on the Lord Jesus Christ an make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Romans 13:14.
“God’s people need to rise to the hype calling of Christ and e light in the darkness. ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them!” Ephesians 5:8-16
“Almighty God spoke the world into existence and He will have the last word! The day is coming soon, when the heavens will become HIS grand theater for the drama of the ages. He will spit the canvassed sky wide open and all who have ever lived will behold when the ‘Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to convict all who are ungodly. (Jude 14-15) But until that day, let’s not run after the ungodly amusement. Let’s be about our Father’s business as genuine believers testifying of the Savior who lives IN US, to redeem lost and wandering souls for HIS KINGDOM!” 2014 BGEA Billy Graham Evangelist Association