How Entertainment Has Desensitized Us to Immorality, Debauchery [Excerpts]
Whether or not we realize it, we all have been influenced by the entertainment industry more than we might think.
Like a frog in boiling water, our culture has been so desensitized to immorality and debauchery that we have lost even the semblance of a moral compass.
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 ... despisers 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 Tim:3:1-9, emphasis mine).
What a description of our world today and its godless entertainment. Are we turning away or applauding what “Follywood” is pumping out?
Have you ever gone to a movie and felt out of place when a bawdy scene flashed across the big screen and you asked yourself, “What am I doing here?” Or perhaps you’ve been home watching television when all of a sudden lewd language or erotic behavior causes you to raise an eyebrow at these despicable acts that celebrate lifestyles void of morality.
Such scenes should trigger righteous anger, but many parents do not regulate entertainment for their children or themselves. Do we willingly spend our hard-earned money on Hollywood films that instill in us the opposite of what the Bible commands? Do we welcome into our homes the flaunting of sin that glorifies the flesh and curses the name of Jesus while on Sundays we glorify Him at church (Matt:22:37)? Is it possible to obey God with the whole mind while feeding on godlessness? The answer is no, yet we do let strangers creep into our homes and minds.
The late Michael Landon, often described as the paragon of family entertainment, once said to the Hollywood elite at a Dean Martin roast, “Let’s face it, television is an invention where you’re entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your house!” Truth yanks out of us what we try to hide—the reality that carnal minds find corruption amusing.
A Bible verse my mother helped me memorize as a boy is still engraved in my mind—the King James Version, of course: “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (Prov:1:10). But my mother had her own paraphrase: “If bad boys try to get you to do bad things, say no.” Do we let God’s Word permeate our thinking, or do we let the follies of Hollywood take up space in the control center—the mind? Christians are told to be guided by God, who will guard our hearts and minds (Phil:4:7). Also, “the natural man does not receive the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. ... But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor:2:14, 16, NKJV).
Scripture tells us how to be self-controlled—by thinking on whatever is true, noble, just, pure and lovely, and to “meditate on these things” (Phil:4:8).