The Bottom of the Abyss Beckons
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Outer Mongolia somewhere, you have to at least be aware of the latest movie sensation sweeping the country and setting records everywhere, to wit, The Hunger Games. Probably one of the clearest measures of the state of health of a culture is that with which it chooses to entertain itself. The basis of this assertion is the observation that is best formulated in the form of a question: if you wouldn’t do it yourself, why be entertained by it?
Sadly, this movie strongly suggests we are so close to the bottom of the abyss of depravity that the sudden stop at the end is imminent.
Why would I utter such a scathing criticism when everyone else, or so it would seem, is brimming over with praise? The fact that someone would have to ask the question is a condemnation of the desensitization of our culture in general, and of the individuals in particular that comprise that culture.
The key question: What is the core, the essence of the plot? What is drawing such crowds? Plain and simple, it is teens murdering teens.
You can gush over how they don’t emphasize the blood and gore all you want…it’s still teens murdering teens.
You can pontificate all you want over the alleged redeeming qualities, or the profound political statements, or the dystopian setting of the film, or the heroine’s undaunted courage in the face of such adversity…it’s still teens murdering teens.
And you want to be entertained by it?!?
Note: lest you think I am being hypocritical, all my comments are based on the various and sundry commentaries and movie reviews and other such news stories that have bubbled to the surface on the web lately. I have not seen the movie nor read the book(s), nor do I plan to do so. There is more than sufficient material in these reviews to render viewing the film unnecessary to the formation of a judgment. And I choose to make a statement in not being entertained by a movie that glorifies teens murdering teens. If you have chosen otherwise, that is your prerogative, but I would seriously ask you to evaluate your reasons for doing so, the consequences of having done so, and what it says about you that this is how you choose to be entertained. Consider, one honest youngster actually responded to a reporter’s question about what he thought about the movie with something like, “I think I’ll have nightmares.” (Sorry, I forgot to save the link; I didn’t know I’d be writing this at the time.)
It should also cause some consternation that even secular authorities are voicing concern over whether or not the film is appropriate for the alleged target audience. That is a discussion one rarely sees.
Now, I would further call your attention to the slippery slope into depravity that God describes for us in Romans chapter one and ask you to briefly consider, if you will, where we are in the progression described there relative to this issue and this movie.
Step one: Suppressing the truth – 1:18-23
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Lest you object that you don’t worship idols, we still have gods made in the image of man and by man…just check your TV and news media. Our current MSM does bow down to the One in more ways than one. An idol does not have to be some statue to which you bow down. It can be anything from the almighty dollar to Globaloney Warming to evolution. Anything that replaces the Creator God from His rightful position of unique supremacy in your life.
The fruit of this first step? Futile thoughts, foolish and dark hearts. Self-profession of wisdom while totally missing the boat on even the most basic things of life. Sound at all familiar?
Step two: heterosexual immorality – 1:24-25
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
We saw this at the end of the 20th century in an overabundance and still see it today. It is the next fruit of self-worship in which self-gratification is the highest goal.
Step three: homosexual immorality – 1:26-27
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
No, it is not the most wicked of sins, but it is still sin. And don’t blather about love and how all love is OK and isn’t God all about love and aren’t we supposed to love one another. Those who do so simply show an ignorance of magnanimous proportions regarding the topic and the Bible. How do I know? One verse points out the flaw in their logic (if logic it be): 1 Corinthians 13:6:
[Love] does not rejoice in iniquity [lit., lawlessness], but rejoices in the truth;
The militantly aggressive agenda of the homosexual activists goes well beyond a simple protection from persecution to a forcing of their worldview upon all. And please don’t hyperventilate and obfuscate into the tactic of trying to call this hate speech. Disagreement is not hate, pure and simple, and no, you cannot redefine the language to suit yourself.
More could be said here, and maybe I will sometime later.
Step four: a debased mind that issues forth in a depravity that permeates all aspects of life – 1:28-32
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
This is the bottom of the barrel. I invite you to hold up the newspaper (or the computer screen as the case is more often these days) to this list. Look at it carefully. And more relevant to this post, hold this list up to the movie we are talking about here. (Hint: check out the words highlighted in red.)
Notice how these verses close. Not only is pleasure taken in the practice of such depraved behavior, but these individuals encourage one another in their depravity, patting each other on the back for their liberality of life. They are in for a rude awakening when they do finally meet their Maker!
What is God’s judgment for such people? Aside from what we can glean in the above, we have, for example, Isaiah 5:20:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Our entire cultural milieu has become toxic for biblical godliness by attempting all too successfully to adopt this Doublethink and Newspeak. The evidence is before your eyes in just about every day’s news.
For those who are Christians, who mourn over the sin of our country (and I’m talking about much more than our current administration at the Federal level), we would do well to remember a principle of life that God repeatedly puts forth implicitly and explicitly from Genesis through Revelation. It is a principle liberals hate, but their hate is impotent (see Psalm 2, especially verse 4). It won’t stop this because neither God nor reality really care about what they feel. You will find one of the more explicit statements of this principle in Galations 6:7, where we read:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Yes, the abyss beckons…in more ways than one. Are you prepared?