This morning, as I skimmed through the “Living” section of the newspaper, I came to the entertainment section with box office results. My heart wilted. And I felt grief.
Over the weekend, the movie Texas Chainsaw slashed into first place … raking in more money than the brilliant movies Lincoln and Les Miserables, both of which have been playing for a few weeks.
I’m befuddled. Do the majority of movie-goers in America really like slasher movies? If yes, we’re living in a sick society, a society of souls that my church would call “broken.”
When I was a teenager, my boyfriend took me to the drive-in to see a slasher movie. I ducked beneath the dashboard so I wouldn’t see what was happening on screen. I plugged my ears to muffle the sounds of screaming. Seeing my boyfriend’s face twitch and grimace as he watched the Techni-Color gore was upsetting.
Two scriptures come to mind.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The majority of the media tries to influence and warp the pattern of this world. The media, generally, doesn’t reflect who we really are.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
As we are made in God’s image, I believe God’s heart wilts as does mine when he sees what passes for “entertainment.”
It is time to weep and mourn when depictions of evil earn millions and millions of dollars.