What is this world coming to? Maybe it's just me and I'm a little sensitive to this issue because there's been a dark history of alcohol abuse in my family in the past.
Check out this Jamie Fox video for his hit song "Blame It On The Alcohol" and the brilliant analysis inserted in the movie by one concerned individual:
Look, I'm not naive, I realize this is nothing new and that our society is saturated with this crap and has been for a long time. Heck, I even remember some "controversial" Madonna videos (amongst other artistis) that my parents wouldn't let me and my sister watch because of some of the images and messages in them.
Growing up, I even remember that my parents allowed us to watch certain films with them that, looking back, probably weren't too age appropriate with all the bad language, sex, and violence. In fact, I remember how they would tell us: "Now, you can only watch this as long as you don't repeat the bad words you here!" and "Turn around! Cover your eyes!" whenever a love scene came on. I turned out ok.
Still, that doesn't mean that what they did exposing us to those things in the past was ok. I'm not here to cast blame or point the finger though. but I do want to illustrate how easy it is for well-meaning parents to look the other way on things that they should probably take a little more seriously.
I'm going to assume that we all may have become so desensitized to this sort of thing (because we've been inundated with it so much in our lives) that it no longer has the same impact on us that it should -- complete and total disgust. That's how I feel when I think about my kids who are 4 and 3 hearing and seeing things like this (or much worse) accidentally in a few years from now (assuming we're all still here).
That's a problem. Every now and then we need to stop to hit the reset button and remember what's being sold to our kids here. They're the ones that this is all about because they're the ones who are young and impressionable.
I know that every person is protected by the First Amendment and that they can say and do what they want in this country. Well, everyone except Christians who just want to spoil all the fun for everyone else. So, if Jamie Foxx wants to put out a song and video that encourages people to do whatever, and just blame it on the alcohol afterwards, he can. I guess what I'm getting at here is why do people spend their money on this sort of stuff and encourage that type of lifestyle, encourage the creation of many more songs and videos with the same themese, by validating it with their money and support making it popular?
Blame it on the alcohol? Hardly! Blame it on the Antichrist spirit running wild and ruling the hearts and minds of the masses in these last days.
The creator of this video does a good job hitting the reset button for us with a spot on analysis. The saddest part is when they focus on the absurd tendency of the TV shows who are peddling this garbage to our children to overhype the video and its message. Take a look at the faces of those in the audience. This is despicable and completely irresponsible!
Not to turn this into a political discussion or even play the "race card" here, but am I allowed to point out one other observation that's sickening? Before I do, let me be crystal clear that I'm not singling out African-Americans because social ills of a society cross all boundaries whether it be class, gender, race, or religion. However, I'm sick of all the politicians and those so-called leaders in the black community who constantly bombard us with purely political reasons why there are such things as abortion, births out of wedlock, crime, rape, violence against women, sex crimes, substance abuse, and such. I got news for them -- maybe if BET stopped encouraging this type of behavior and lifestyle as the above video showed then those poor young children in the crowd wouldn't succumb to it.
By the same token, does anyone else wish that MTV would just go off the air completely? I've stopped there a few times lately to see what kinds of programs they have on since they show more original TV shows than music. Isn't that odd? All of them made me sick just on the premise alone:
> 16 And Pregnant
I guess the subliminal message here is don't worry if you get pregnant at the age of sixteen because you just might have your life glamorized on TV as though you were a star because of what happened following the choices you made. Yes, I realize that some episodes probably try to depict the "harsh reality" of such a difficult situation, but see that's where I also have a problem as well. Ok, so you made a decision that you regret and now you're a young parent. Guess what? That child you're holding is still a gift from God! A true blessing! Maybe, just maybe, it will bring you closer to Him and change your life for the better. So, even when the show takes that "poor me" or "my life sucks and is hard" approach it bothers me. At the end of the day, even if the show encourages other young girls to give up their child for adoption rather than elect to have an abortion (like the current season depicts I believe) isn't it still questionable to make mini TV stars out of average people? Aren't you still sort of glamorizing and/or validating the lifestyle?
> Room Raiders
Because nothing says "normal" than young boys and girls going through each other's bedrooms (supposedly a private area) on national television and finding all kinds of personal items like underwear, lingerie, explicit magazines and videos, birth control, etc. In other words, you're not "cool" unless you have all these things featured prominently on the show in your own bedroom at home.
I don't know, maybe it's because I spent a ton of time with the Radt tots this weekend and all I want to do is keep them safe from this kind of stuff. No, I can't keep them in a protective bubble and expect that they'll never come in contact with these things in their lives, and I certainly can't ignore its existence and prepare them by teaching them right from wrong.
I guess I just don't want to think about what it will be like in just a few years. Some of these songs nowadays are so slick. I mean, as long as you sing it a certain way, make it sound like a soft rock love song, you can pretty much get away with singing about any hardcore sex act. And if it has a good beat? Well, then expect to find young kids -- I even know young so-called "Christian" girls and boys -- singing such lyrics as Katy Perry's "I kissed a girl and I liked it..."
2 Timothy 3:1-5 -- "But know this, that in the last days perilous [savage, fierce] times will come, for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers [mocking God and Jesus], disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control [blame it on the alcohol], brutal [violent], despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty [arrogant], lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God [blame it on the alcohol], having a form of godliness [professing a belief in "God"] but denying its power . . . " (emphasis mine)
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