We can trace the beginnings of the Decline of not just morality, but Spiritual decline, way back to the late 1800's when European socialist thinking crept into the mainline churches. We can trace it back to acceptance of Darwin's THEORY of evolution and the racist Margaret Sanger's creation called Planned Parenthood. But we can really trace its acceleration to as recently as the 1940's post-World War II America, when prosperity overwhelmed the Gospel of Christ in importance.
As America became wealthier and left for the comfort of the suburbs, it left the fire in the belly for the Ways of the Lord to a few in the Bible Belt of America - the South. Still, men up north like the great Illinois preacher A.W. Tozer began to warn Christians of what was coming, and gave the prophetic clarion call to return to the Lord. The young Billy Graham was urging millions to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. But the seeds of destruction were already sown by men like Supreme Court Justices and former Ku Klux Klan turned liberal, Hugo Black and William O. Douglas - men who hated God with a passion and had the power to shut down His Church. These two justices and their colleagues to follow - Blackmun and Warren - removed prayer and Bible from American classrooms and society and put this culture on a slide directly into Hell.
It is little comfort to the 55 million aborted babies that these men gave us, that they are now regretting every decision they made, having faced the Judgment and Wrath of the Holy God they hated and are now eternally condemned away from Him. But these men also are responsible for the cheapening of the Spiritual lives of untold millions who are now and will be, lost to eternity, because of what this society has become.
Hollywood is an extreme reflection of such a society. The post war, prosperous facade of Father Know's Best and Ozzie and Harriet gave us their godless baby boomer, pot-smoking 1960's children who turned to pagan eastern religions which offer no hope. Those baby boomers, now in charge of America, are the ones now responsible for the moral, cultural decline and corruption of every generation since.
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And it is not just Batman. Of the 30 Most Violent films listed here, most were made in the past 15 years! Of the films released so far this year (2012) the majority have been violent and rated over PG-13 to R. Nothing is sacred. You can see them all in one place if you go to your local video store. Try finding something appropriate for your family to watch! It would serve you better to turn the TV off and read or research something on Google than spend your hard-earned money making Hollywood perverts rich....the same people who tell you how to live your own lives- while their lives are falling apart or what dangerous greenie-weenie car to drive while jetting around to high-brow politically-liberal fundraisers and driving stretch limousines!
We already know that MTV and the likes have destroyed a couple generations of youth. We already know that gangsta rap has led an entire people astray in the Inner City. We already know that more and more young people are searching for their life's meaning in technology and mysticism. We know all that and are almost powerless to affect it. The people of God used to be the ones to warn, comfort and disciple the youth to restoration. Instead, the most popular preacher in America - Joel Osteen - does not preach the true Gospel of Christ, but how to get rich and healthy. Others are corrupting the Bible into an Emergent Church...and on and on.
The answer to all of this:
- Realize God will call you and I to account for all our actions....no matter what politicians and stupid church leaders will tell you.
- Realize that Stewardship as a Parent and responsible member of Society is a serious life-long calling.
- Realize that Stewardship involves being the best you and I can be and that means, following the Precepts and Statutes of God.
- Realize that the Word of God is sufficient for everyday living and we MUST live by it and teach it to our kids.
- Realize that you and I cannot depend on any church, no matter how much one may like a pastor or a leader, to teach our kids the Ways and Wonders of Christ.
- Realize that you and I still have the power of a parent, even if our kids are 30 and married, to teach, guide and direct away from the Hollywood and music culture of death.
- Realize that you and I still have the power to keep all that garbage, filth and degradation out of our homes...don't give them the satisfaction of buying or watching their stuff. Instead, turn back to goodness, holiness and the Truth that matters - Jesus Christ.
- Realize that God will call you and I to account for all of the above.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
(Deuteronomy 6:5-9 ESV)
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Outstanding Bernie! It is so true. The "Culture of Darkness" as I call it has overwhelmed the masses. Today's Parents have got to wake up. They need to get the ear buds out of their ears and start parenting as they should. It is no wonder the Scripture says in the last days that children would be disobedient to their parents, 2 Tim. 3:2. Love grows cold because they do not know how to love. The hair stylist that cut my hair last week said she put her 13 year old on the pill as she prepared to start dating!! 13!!! I said she is too young you should not do that. You have control and she just laughed and blew me off, She said "I did and so are all the others so what can you do?" I said "take control." Then I told her my girls will not even get out the door at 16 without me by their side. They already know it as well. Maranantha
Praise God brother Mike! As a man of God evangelizing 24/7 to whom the Lord's lead you - from the marketplace to the pulpit - you get to see the Fruits of this bitter Tree we have grown here as a people...an unrepentant people! Time to turn this Titanic around or it's going down faster than we think. It is also amazing how many young women are willing to sell out, for who knows what, because men have left their roles as called by Christ. Let's do what we can, while be can, before the Day of His Return happens when the Eastern Sky cuts open and the gig is up! Maranatha indeed!!!
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