All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23
Biblical Christians draw no distinction between secular and sacred because ALL life is sacred. But lately America has been losing that respectful viewpoint. We live in a culture where nothing is sacred anymore. When Jesus is profaned on TV shows like “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” He is reduced from Holy to a cultural characterization of crude and common. When people watch such shows the national religious and spiritual psyche is changed.
These media images can have a radical desensitizing effect. As Christians we’re personally obligated to censor what we approve, what we call entertainment, what we say and think, and what we tolerate in a supposedly moral culture. And just because something isn’t crude doesn’t mean it’s noble. Somebody doesn’t have to use profanity to use Jesus as a source of laughs and debase our Savior who saved us from sin.
I never thought I’d see the day in America when Jesus would be fair game for comedians, spoofers and even scholars who profess to believe in Him. It seems so easy today to get squeezed into the mold of this world if we do not constantly filter out the profane from what we find entertaining. We can stop waiting for the next generation’s dangerous follies to appear. They’re in our midst today.
Cultural messages are a bit like elevator music in the background. Always on. Always being absorbed into the brain. If we aren’t careful, those message, like background music are subconsciously absorbed as part of our thinking.
Our challenge is to stop being surprised by what our culture says and become more concerned about our own relationship with Jesus and what He expects from us. America is no longer the country founded on Christian values. In fact there seems to be a growing hostility towards Christians in this country. It’s time for Christians to decide who they’re going to serve: Jesus Christ the Son of God or the Jesus of the comedians, critics and cultural “Christians” who opt for the tolerant, meek and meaningless Jesus.
Damage is being done to the cause of Christ by non-Christians and pseudo-Christians alike living as if He isn’t Lord of anything. Given all that Jesus has done for us, I never thought I’d see the day when Jesus would be treated the way He is in America. It seems incredible that such demeaning, demoting, and devaluing of our Lord could happen. But it has happened and will continue to happen until He returns. What are you going to do about it?