I will admit it right out…I get star struck at times. Being a writer, I have often wondered about having my Wounded Trilogy made into a movie and what “star(s)” would take on the character roles. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to have your written work immortalized on the small and big screen but for this small-town Canadian girl, it would be a dream come true. That said, there is so much about Hollywood that glitters like gold, and so much more that is rusty and tarnished.
The entertainment industry seems to go out of its way to shock and glorify lifestyles and despicable morality that flies in the face of Biblical Christianity. Hollywood models the kind of “Christianity” that espouses that there are hundreds of different ways to God, that it’s okay to walk the wide path and to forget the scripture that says the narrow path is the better way and that Jesus is the ONLY Way, Truth and Life. That’s the modern feel-good, “Christianity”, where everything is acceptable because God loves everybody and as long as you’re not hurting anybody else you can do as you please without fear of judgment. That’s Hollywood’s Christianity…and they’ve got it wrong.
That kind of secular, worldly, tolerant “Christianity” is not Biblical Christianity. It’s false teaching. It may appeal to a wide audience because people are not held accountable for their sin. There is no repentance, sanctification, or justification. People wallow in their sin, are even applauded for their “courage”, and any one who tries to tell them their way is NOT God’s way, is labeled bigoted, intolerant and mostly ignored or openly vilified.
I have noticed that in this secular society we now live in, a society that prides itself on freedom of speech, press, and religion, that one is only “free” if they do not attempt to say anything that goes contrary to the popular way of thinking. There is an anti-Christian sentiment running rampant in our world today but perhaps more prevalent now than at any other time in history right here in Canada and the U.S.A. Although Canadian and American Christians may not be physically tortured or persecuted per se, listen to a Middle Eastern underground house church leader: “Persecution is easier to understand when it’s physical: torture, death, imprisonment….American persecution is like an advanced stage of cancer; it eats away at you, yet you cannot feel it. This is the worst kind of persecution.”
Bible-believing Christians are attacked online, in the Press, in schools, colleges and yes, even in Hollywood. We are bullied, harassed and ridiculed by the so-called tolerant masses. We do not have “freedom” to speak what the Bible clearly teaches as Truth because it goes contrary to what people want to hear. This is a society that has been turned on its side, abandoning what’s right in favour of what’s clearly wrong. In nations that once professed to be God-fearing, Canada and the U.S. have turned their backs on Christian ideals.
We are legalizing sin.
Let’s call it what it is! We are allowing people to murder their babies, euthanize their sick loved ones all in the name of “freedom”. We are abandoning traditional marriage and family values in favour of alternative lifestyles. It’s okay to foster multiculturalism and ethnic diversity in our schools but then openly taunt and jeer students who bring a Bible into a classroom. There is no clear differentiation now between the male and female genders and that’s totally acceptable. We’ve become so “free” that rules no longer apply and we are sinking lower and lower into our base depravity that the wicked prosper and the “good” are bullied into silence. There are no absolute truths and we are seeing suicide rates rise, crime rates rise and our children are leaving the church in droves because they are confused by the messages they see showcased in Hollywood. They are sucked into believing the lies spread by the secular society around them because we are failing as Bible-believing Christians to boldly teach them the Truth of the Gospel.
Finally, seeing the woes of this world get worse rather than better because of our out-of-control liberalism, we as nations, divided under God, desperately cry out to be saved from the ills around us but refuse to listen to the only One Who can truly save us if we heed the warnings from His Word.
We wonder why the Voice from Heaven is silent.
Jesus said it best: “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. (Mark 6: 4-6)
He was amazed at their lack of faith… He could say the same thing of us today.
Hollywood mirrors the hearts and minds of society around it. Last night as I watched the Golden Globes from the comfort of my living room, I was struck by the real sense of foreboding this industry of imagination is now dealing with. The acceptance speech of Meryl Streep may have been poignant but it was filled with fear. America, (and Canada) are under attack from the enemy without and within as the two nations deal with their lack of faith. We have no faith in our politicians, in the economy, in our military, police and any others in authority and, it is obvious we have no faith in any kind of god. In a room filled with dreamers, revolutionaries, pro-active thinkers and activists, they looked utterly dejected having run out of hope-filled ideas to change the world for the better. All the tinsel and glitter and haute couture fashion could not mask the fear in that room. Not one of them would acknowledge that much of their doom and gloom is due to their lack of faith. Faith and Fear cannot co-exist. You either have one or the other.
If they had any kind of faith they would know God is in control and they would not be fearful of the future. Faith shows us that God has not abandoned His children, no matter how wayward they have become. The Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3) He calls for us to repent of our sins, seek Him with all our hearts, and He will save us if we have faith in HIM! Faith drives out the fear. I pray Hollywood gets that message loud and clear…
Can you imagine the amazing T.V. shows and movies that would come out of a faith-filled Hollywood?
Can I get an AMEN?