“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations…”
When I was younger, way back in high school and before going to church, I heard stories of fantastic crimes, near-perfect crimes, and comic book villians. It inspired me to devise all manner of crimes (sneaking a candy bar from the store, sneaking small amounts of change from my mom’s purse, sneaking a can or two of soda pop from my teacher’s stash under his desk, etcetera) to test my mettle and intelligence.
Movies seem to have caught that itch, as well. War movies to come out of Hollywood used to hide much of the true horror of battles. In the past few decades war movies have gotten progressively more gory, and now we also have movies such as the Saw series, the Hostel series, and all manner of violently gory horror and action films.
There is also a rise in movies in which the villain is the “hero” of the movie. They are written in such a way that we, the audience, sympathize with and even cheer for people committing crimes and being all-around bad (though sometimes with endearing moments).
We were warned … a lot …
Paul warned Timothy, and therefore us, that this would happen:
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth—men of depraved minds,who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.
2 Timothy 3:1-8, NIV
In other words, society will decide to do their own thing and call good things bad and bad things good, and we will glorify sin and desire all things ungodly (sound at all familiar to anyone?).
And we were warned in Isaiah:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Lord, give us the wisdom to see past deception and a desire for truth and goodness. Help us to not focus on our own desires, selfishness, and violence. Help us to focus on Your will, Your love, Your grace, and You. Be our light and our life.
June 7th, 2012 at 11:54 am
I remember when vampire movies were a battle between two distinct forces: good and evil. But there came a time, I believe, when all that changed. The last movie I remember where the cross was used as a real weapon was “Fright Night.” Since then, vampires have become not only atheists, but teen girl heroes. Sad.
And by the way, somebody from the FBI was asking about you 😉
June 7th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
It kind of really sickens me at points. What saddens me more is when I hear mothers who do not let their children watch or read certain things or behave certain ways, yet with “Twilight” they were so excited about their children reading that they brushed many things under the rug. In fact, some of them got entirely swept up in the “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” hype. And to make matters worse, a few of these mothers encouraged their daughters to look for men like Edward and Jacob (I admit that I think a “Jacob” is better than an “Edward), when these stories promote very bad relationships! (I had a shouting match with one mother about this)
Also, thanks for the heads up!