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 🛡 Irony of outrage
… time for rebellion

Ed Gallagher / john524goodnews.org / November 02 2017 / #36
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    Is there anyone out there who sees irony in the outrage from Hollywood, as it suddenly condemns depraved conduct on the part one of its moguls?
    More than nine thousand movies are produced each year. Hardly any are rated for general or family viewing. Precious few are worthy delights—productions that show a redeeming context and purpose, and could pass the test of Philippians 4:8. Have you noticed the intensity of gratuitous evil that dominates movies, TV, novels and video games in our time?
    If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, go to an online movie store. Look over the titles and cover illustrations. Pull up descriptions or trailers for some of the movies. Don’t spend more than a few minutes on this—it’s dangerous. You are looking into hell, and the imprint of even seconds of exposure to violence, blasphemy, foul language and immorality can linger in your mind for days or weeks, despite your resistance.
    In significant part, the entertainment world depicts greed, disrespect, depravity, violence, amorality, horror, hatred, pride, demonic action, filthy speech, lewd humor, blasphemy, impurity, unbelief, and ridicule. It’s not incidental. It’s by design. It’s the stock-in-trade for much of the business of movies, music and gaming. This is the product for sale—and it sells. With exceptions that appear few but always welcomed, evil is presented, produced, portrayed and promoted.
    So let me get this straight. Those who largely depict evil now stand up in horror, when an example of that evil is exposed in one of its real-life heroes?
    No detriment is intended here to victims in entertainment—their horror is real. Those who choose to work in that arena still deserve safety and personal respect.
    Actors and producers protest that their product does not advance human depravity—it just provides a description of it, and a harmless outlet for it. Translate this into a family, any family. Does a parent who models violence and immorality have no accountability when the child becomes violent and immoral? Society was slow to hold tobacco companies accountable for their product. Society will never hold entertainment bastions accountable for their product.
    You and I cannot prevent the tsunami of evil in entertainment. But we can take a stand that counts. God’s grace calls us to put significant distance between us and evil. Titus 2:11–14. We can pray for the gift of discernment, to find and follow the good. This will guard us and our families, and give credibility to our witness.
    Let’s model and proclaim a spiritual revolution—a rebellion against modern paganism that is not just an old-fashioned idea, but a matter of life and death.

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#35  Beyond zero … God gives & desires life … October 05 2017 … view-download
#34  Destiny of the  young … will we criticize, or will we pray? … September 07 2017 … view-download
#33  Best nation on Earth … reason for pride, reason for prayer … August 10 2017 … view-download
#32  Not so fast … old methods aren’t dead yet … July 13 2017 … view-download
#31  The real news is good … you’ll find it somewhere else … June 15 2017 … view-downoad
#30  Circle it! … this is the secret of life … May 18 2017 … view-download
#29  Falsely accused … the dangerous place we’ve come to … April 20 2017 … view-download
#28  There’s an irony in town … an arch and a rock speak to a higher calling … March 23 2017 … view-download
#27  What about truth? … discerning in a desperate time … February 23 2017 … view-download
#26  On earth, peace … it seems impossible, but it is God’s will … January 26 2017 … view-download

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#25  There’s been an earthquake … the earth has moved! … December 1 2016 … view-download
#24 Three who need the Lord … 20-something sadness … November 3 2016 … view-download
#23 Don’t vote for me … unless conscience compels you … October 6 2016 … view-download
#22 The bigger battle … beyond the news … September 8 2016 … view-download
#21 Banana alarm … worst news of the year? … September 1 2016 … view-download
#20 Olympic dream? … dual worlds give us pause … August 18 2016 … view-download
#19 Keep paddling … significant journey … August 4 2016 … view-download
#18 The Plus factor … discerning the spirits of our time … July 21 2016 … view–download
#17 The robe … the need for holy fatherhood …  July 7 2016 view-download
#16 The bellbird sings … and Orlando cries … June 23 2016 … view-download
#15 Our revolution … what’s your choice? …  June 9 2016 … view-download
#14  No escape … what’s a poor voter to do? …  May 26 2016 … view-download
#13  Otherwise, things are good … a GNS report for the day … May 11 2016 …. view-download
#12   Judge in jail … a news report to brighten the day …  April 27 2016 …   view-download
#11   Revive the honor … will you join the good parade? …  April 13 2016 …   view-download
#10   Uh-oh … are we a big mistake? …  March 30 2016 …  view-download
#9   Submit to authority . . . a message soundng weird today …  March 16 2016 …  view-download
#8   Demise of truth . . . is there anyone left who stands for it? …  March 2 2016 …  view-download
#7   News of the day … it's on my favorite app …  February 17 2016 …   view-download
#6   Suffering of Syria … why can't we simply stop being bad? …  February 3 2016 …  view-download
#5   Christ & calamity . . . where is Christ in our disasters? …  January 20 2016 …  view-download
#4   Candidates & religion USA . . . in an election, does Christian belief matter? …  January 6 2016 …  view-download
#3   Glory, peace & good will? … the San Bernadino attack makes us wonder …  December 23 2015 …  view-download
#2   Ragamuffin world . . . the Rich Mullins battle & blessing December 9 2015 ….  view-download
#1   Paris … the anxiety of it all …  November 17 2015…  view-download

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