Monday, September 05, 2005
Corruption of Our Youth & Disease Plaguing Marriage
The Olsen Twins, America’s sweethearts, in 1995 starred in It Takes Two. “Two identical strangers. Two different worlds. One perfect match,” reads the cover. A story of two identical strangers who switch lives to break up a rotten engagement (much like The Parent Trap) and bring a “bazillionaire” together with a “single, attractive orphanage case worker.” The girls, of course, are adorable in the film. You fall in love with the characters and when they finally get together you want to cheer, or cry if you are the sentimental type.
So, what exactly is the problem? The cover to the movie pictures the groom to be in a tux with the dopiest grin as the two women pull on each of his arms. We see this everywhere, from the cover of People magazine to Jerry Springer right on into our children’s videos. It seems there is no escape, not even our children are safe from the immorality sweeping our culture.
Recently, I overheard someone singing to a baby “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” The brainwashing begins so early; children are often surrounded and submerged in culture before they can even speak. Now, I would love to believe that the people who make movies and television shows for kids honestly have their best interests at heart, but that simply is not the case.
One would think that Disney, a company whose whole line of products is catered toward children, would surely protect our children’s innocence. The Little Mermaid, in addition to being filled with witchcraft and a child’s disobedience shows two women fighting over the same man. Of course, true to being an American movie, the good girl gets the guy and the witch gets her just desserts. The same basic love story line fills Cinderella, except this time the witch is a “fairy god mother” and it is the girl’s stepfamily that is rotten.
The Sponge Bob movie depicts nudity in at least three separate occasions, which is played off as amusing entertainment for the whole family. And this is within the first five minutes of the film starting. As one continues watching we see Bob, after not landing the promotion he hoped for, get drunk on ice cream with his buddy Patrick. They obnoxiously scream “Hey waiter!” as they hound him for just one more round. They pass out from the overload only to wake up the following morning with a sugar-induced hangover in a pool of drool and melted ice cream.
And this is what is being put before millions of children as entertainment. I cannot help but wonder if parents are living with their heads in the sand or if they just don’t care? I am horrified to realize the latter is much more likely.
Of course is it any wonder parents ignore and subject children to such atrocities? Look at what we have for our viewing pleasure. One cannot go to the supermarket without being bombarded with photos of pop stars cleavage, movie star sex scandals, and magazines talking of plastic surgery, drug addiction, divorce, and other immoralities to numerous to mention.
Why do we hunger to know if Brad and Jen will work it out, or if he is, indeed, having Angelina move in? Have you ever wondered why talk shows are so popular? Why is it that local high school classes can take field trips to see the Jerry Springer show being taped? Why is it that America is so interested and seemingly consumed with two women fighting over one man who just sits back with a smile on his face as they go after each other? Why is it entertaining for us to see two women be hurt so deeply and not go to the cause of the problem? Why do they fight each other rather than realize that they both should be upset with the man for putting them in the situation?
Why would they want the man after he’s cheated on them and humiliated them in such a way? Genesis 3:16 tells us, “thy desire shall be to thy husband.” Why do these women fight each other for this man who has cheated on them like he is the best thing since sliced bread? It is because they desire him. Their desire is for their “husband,” and if that relationship doesn’t work out they find another man to fill that need, to fill that desire.
In John 4 Jesus is resting by a well when a Samaritan woman comes to draw water. He asks her for some water to which she replies, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.” They continue talking, and Jesus tells her that if she continues to go to the well that she has been that she will continue to thirst. But if she would come to Him He would give her the living water and she would thirst no more.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. (John 4:15-18)
This woman had five husbands, and the man she was with now was not even her husband, her desire to have that need met had drawn her into her sixth relationship (that we know of), yet Christ tells her that she need not thirst any longer. Why?
Because when we come to Christ He becomes our husband and He is the perfect husband. He is faithful and true; He is honest and trustworthy. He is righteous. When He becomes our husband we desire Him and His will. We strive to please our husband. When we have a worldly husband we care for the things of the world (1 Corinthians 7:34), but when we have a holy husband we strive to be holy. When we seek His will out we will strive for holiness and sanctification. When we submit to our Husband’s will and follow Him we will walk in His righteousness.
When we desire to please our worldly “husbands” we will be lead through the world, we will submit to the world’s standards, we will be subject to the world’s desires.
So, why are those women on the talk shows fighting? Quite simply because they have a need, a desire that they are looking to fill and they view the other woman as the threat to having that desire filled. Only when they stop going to that well and come to Christ will that need be met.
Verses of interest
1 Corinthians 7:32-34