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3.06.2006    |    Homophobic racist imperialist warmongers
This is what we must be as a nation. If, that is, our most celebrated entertainments truly reflected our society. To judge America by which films and their actors just won Academy awards, one must conclude that we are, at once, homophobic ("Brokeback Mountain"), racist ("Crash") and imperialist warmongers ("Syriana").

Now, it's certain that not all movies made last year were in one of these categories. And, if memory serves, I've seen some box office numbers that showed that more mainstream films did better than those attempting to induce guilt for the horrid ways in which we've inflicted our Christian, homophobic, racist, imperialist warmongering selves on the world.

Perhaps I'm getting too sensitive, or giving Hollywood more credit than they deserve. And yet, after seeing the latest bonfire of the vanities, I could not but recall this verse from Romans 12:
2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
It is long past time that we, as a society, stopped conforming to the world. Especially that world as seen by our Hollywood "elite."

Many, if not most, of these "elite," beautiful people are anything but. They are savages, and spreaders of filth and decay. All dressed up in stylish coats of self-congratulation and simply oozing moral superiority.

The biggest vanity among these clowns? Entertainers who are skilled at reading lines written for them by others thinking that they've also got some superior insights into important things. Self-important fools like George Clooney, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, to name but a few of the more egregious idiots.

There. I feel better. But what I would ask of all who partake in the popular culture, very much including myself, is that we not extend any credance to what any of these pretty people do or say outside of their movies. And, most definitely, know that Hollywood is a cesspool, and has great difficulty in discerning right from wrong.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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