On one of my forays into the facility the curators had on display a looping video with clips of television programming from the early 1950s. Other artifacts from the popular culture of the day were figures from our entertainment industry who were effectively acting as unofficial ambassadors of American good will abroad. Louis Armstrong. Bob Hope. Bing Crosby. Gene Kelly. Fred Astaire. Quite a parade of popular culture and values depicting optimism, family, integrity, and standards.
Our popular culture was a window to our society, seeking to highlight what was good about our country and values. Go to YouTube and watch some of those old TV shows. You’ll see an image of
the world saw through windows of our media. True, we did not always lived up to
our standards, but at least we knew what those standards were. America
Take a look at the window to the world that the United States projects today. We are the largest producer and exporter of both Bibles and pornography, an interesting and blasphemous dichotomy if you think about it. Our “tolerance” of every aberration – or, better said, our promotion of every aberration – and the propagation of it abroad paints a troubling picture of who we have become to more traditional cultures around the world. Honestly, who would want to aspire to a world populated by Desperate Housewives?
If I were sitting in some Middle Eastern country, it would not be some dopey 14 minute video clip about the Prophet that would enrage me. It would be the importation of materials designed to turn my daughters into harlots. I too would be tempted to level the charge of “Great Satan” against such a culture. Don’t think this is not a factor in what we see in the world today.
Indeed, if I were the real Great Satan, I would be trying to infect the world, but especially the nation that has more Bibles than any other book on its shelves. I would offer them, more than any other nation, a healthy dose of heroin for the soul. I would do everything I could to enslave them to their passions. I would drug them up, sex them up, beef them up, and entertain them up, all at taxpayer expense. I would distract them from little things like integrity, honor, service, and work. I would fill their minds with a curious mix of apathy, dependency, and fear instead of hope, faith, and self control. Then I would control them and their votes.
Psalm 11:3 – When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?
I wonder what old Harry would think?