America’s ‘Culture of Death’

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”    John 8:44

About 5 years ago we decided to stop our cable service.  We kept our internet for communication purposes, but we quickly found that we didn’t miss TV much at all.  We had a collection of movies and lots of books.

Three years ago we moved and decided to start watching TV again.  I was struck by the proliferation of reality shows and how much more crude they had become.  TruTV is something like America’s Funniest Home Videos, but the crassness and violence are disgusting.  Every day you can see people seriously injuring themselves while their friends laugh and we sit in our living rooms entertained by it.

Reality shows find people behaving at the lowest levels of society and even legality.

There is also a proliferation in the occult in entertainment.  Since when is possession, demons, and death entertaining?  Oh, I know it many see it as informative, satisfying their curiosity about these things.  But people are simply drawn to it.

Whether it’s something that seems very mild like Harry Potter or the gore and violence of the vampire and zombie movies and TV shows, America, indeed the world, are turning to death and darkness for entertainment and fulfillment.

Now Billy Graham’s son Franklin is getting this message out.

“Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelical preacher Billy Graham, said that America is increasingly embracing a “culture of death” that echoes what has occurred in Europe, and which stems from a ‘sinful, godless worldview that rejects Christ.’”

With all of God’s creation to explore and be informed about, the world chooses to find its expression in zombies, death and destruction.  His comment about America echoing the decline of Europe harkens to Ken Ham’s book, Already Gone (see my 2-part review from December).

Not only is death a part of our entertainment, it’s now becoming part of our actual life choices.  Check my last posting on Euthanasia as well as previous postings on When to Die, parts 1 and 2, and I Love You Enough to Kill You.

Again from Franklin Graham:

“In places like Europe, where Christianity has been in decline as the deceptive forces of secularism and materialism have spread across the continent, it’s not surprising to find the practice of euthanasia so entrenched,” said Rev. Graham in a commentary for the January issue of Decision magazine…Earlier this year, Belgium became the first country in the world to allow child euthanasia with no age limit…The euthanasia movement—disguised now as ‘death with dignity’—is gaining ground in a number of states.”

Why is this?  We’ve asked God to take a hike and invited Satan in – whether we see it that way or not.  Don’t think so?  We’d rather watch death than football.

“Football used to be the dominant choice on television on Sunday evenings in the fall and winter but today, for example, 17 million people skipped the football game to watch the season premiere of The Walking Dead, a series about zombies (the walking dead) hunting and eating people.  A few weeks after that premiere on Oct. 12, nearly 15 million people turned in to yet another episode, easily surpassing that night’s matchup between the Broncos and the Chiefs, said Rev. Graham.”

Yeah, I hear ya…plot, character, good stories that just happen to be set against a lot of death and gore.  And we just read Playboy for the articles.

Graham goes on to point out that death is not a game.  Even for Christians.  You get one shot to step through that awful door.  The other side is set for you depending on your choice in life: Jesus, yes or no?

“Our only hope, said the reverend, is bold, biblical Christianity that counters the devilish, dark culture of sin and death that seeks to enslave and ultimately damn people for eternity.”

Find out for yourself just what God is all about.  Read about creationism.  Evolution is not a fait accompli.  There is another better explanation for the geologic record.  Read my post Science and the Evolution Argument from May 5, 2014.  If you haven’t heard of Ken Ham, check out his organization, Answers in Genesis:

Many other scientists – who don’t make the news – are working with him and on their own, discovering how  evolution and deep time don’t fit what pure science is telling us.

And here’s the real trick – if Genesis is true, if God created all and man sinned bringing death into the world, then we certainly need Jesus to save us from this horrid choice by Adam and Eve eons ago.

Our society once chose God and Jesus, but decades ago, first Europe then the United States chose to cease believing in God and showed him the door.  Step back for a minute and look at what we find entertaining compared to just 20-30 years ago.  Death and lawlessness has become our entertainment.  Doesn’t that strike anyone as just a bit warped?

“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…”    2 Timothy 3:2

Choose your god, choose what food you take in to your mind, heart, & soul.  Life is short.  Eternity is another matter altogether.

Read the entire article for yourself:

One thought on “America’s ‘Culture of Death’

  1. Seems like “real life” news of all the gory things or just inhumane things people do to one another and animals these days are just as bad as the the TV gore. Societies with out “the great physician” are just sick in every sense of the word. So glad God is our Victory, He has won.

    Being in the world and not of the world is growing harder, but Christ has won now and forever…there in lies our hope (assurance) AMEN.

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