Meridian Star

Religion

January 26, 2013

Signposts on the road to Armageddon: TV and movie violence when God says enough is enough

MERIDIAN —    Sneaking into the vision of the discussion regarding gun violent concerns of today, big money has raised its ugly head. The argument is made that we need to curb the rights of the second amendment. Yet, we willingly support the violence of blood, guts and weaponry in the streets of television.  

    The more gory the movie with the advertised R rating, the greater the amount of money and profit is available to be made. If that were not bad enough video kill games run rampant in the homes of most youth of today. I am told that two of the best Xbox games are "Assassin's Creed" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops," not to mention the new zombie and the kill feature of the electronic game.

    The greater the graphic reality of life in the game the more real the adventure of the kill factor. Games like these speak lies to the mind of the player and everything they think or imagine is consistently and totally evil.  

    It is hypocrisy to think that the conscience is not seared making the event a normal thing. Thus, we have a background that plays to and allows a Newtown, Conn., Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. or in Pearl, Miss. a school shooting.

    Learned idealists will argue that this is the fault of the home, the discipline of the parents and a problem of the public school system that enters a mix of controls that do not exist. This love for kill is a societal problem that is supported in a free, unrestrained, non-disciplined, pleasure seeking, ungodly people who have excess time to kill and continually want to know what is next?   

    Matthew 24:37 says, "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day." Genesis  6:5: “The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.”

    Paul wrote in  1Timothy 4:2 that men were “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” When life is devalued to the extent that reality and vision are intermingled we as a people reach a point found in 2 Kings 6:29 where two women were so hungry they agreed to cannibalize their sons. The history states, “We boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.”

    Numbness is the loss of sensation of a part or whole of the body. Three things are not from the Father in Heaven but are from the world. They are the desire for fleshly gratification, the desire for possessions and worldly arrogance.  

    A man is free to accept or reject the gospel, but if he rejects it, he still sustains a relation to the rejected savior. Men do not merely neglect the gospel. There is always a response. And if rejection takes place, the man is always a worse man after having heard the call of the Father.  

    Even when we look at the calling of Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach a simple message, “Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Why did God want to warn this gentile nation that was evil and was an enemy of Israel? The answer is in the last verse of the book of Jonah.  GOD’S COMPASSION wanted to save those who “cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and [also] much cattle?”  

    In the NLT (4:11) God said they are “people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn't I feel sorry for such a great city?"

    N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at rbc@wmerworldwide.com.

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