A good friend of mine whose family attended church with mine for many years in Virginia, just sent me a great post that I am sharing today. So much truth lies between the lines and we need, as Christians, to stand up, fear not, and have courage to disagree and halt what is happening in mainline media today. To be perfectly honest, since David Letterman retired, his replacement, Stephen Colbert, has made his night time career making jokes and producing jeers concerning the President of the United States. Regardless if you agree with the President, to continually banter about his life, his work, his opinions, etc., is disgraceful and the reaction of Mr. Colbert's audience renders laughs, cheers, and loud applause....nothing short of demeaning and disrespectful.
We might shake our heads at the events of today; language commonly expressed, dress codes for women that are barely covering their essentials and men who wear pants that hang to their knees, but what are we doing to turn the tide? Stop walking on those eggshells, Christians. Open your mouth and speak the truth in a manner worthy of the Lord Jesus. He always had an answer that wasn't offensive, it was filled with truth. Aren't we responsible to do the same?
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves." (II Timothy 3:1-2)
Yesterday I caught about 10 minutes of "reality television". At first I found it rather funny that essentially dull and stupid living had become a marketable product. My laughter was soon stifled by the tedium of this pointless brand of entertainment. It took all of 5 minutes to get a full dose of low people and low living.
It used to be that life was reality and television provided a fantastic escape. Now it seems that "reality" TV is the rage and we cannot escape the dullness of self-absorption. It used to be that heroes set a high standard and others were inspired by their daring feats. Now it seems that modern heroes resemble thugs and the lowest things are paraded in public to unite us around our lowest common denominator.
We used to be shocked at adultery. Now the culture is surprised by virginity. It used to be that vulgarity was confined to the fringes of society. Now, it seems that vulgarity guarantees ratings and virtue is marginalized. It used to be that the soap opera plumbed the depths of sleaze and hedonism.
We have now become the soap opera and we're enthralled with our own depravity. Look out world, somebody in Hollywood is working on a new fall series to take us even lower.
(There's Hope For Today/ D. Crabtree/ 2012)
-- (My thoughts) :'( :'( :'( we have dug such a deep hole in humanity that it seems we can't find our way out....God have mercy!
Pray for Stephen Colbert,
instead of making fun of others, desiring laughs and better ratings,
pray that he sees the truth found in the Lord.