Simple Math, Right?
Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them (Ezekiel 22:26).
Oh yes, we have all heard variations of this scripture at some time in our lives and probably thought, “well that’s not me because I am walking with the holiest of holies”, whatever that means. But are we? Do we stay away from the unclean and profane, or do we sit in the midst of it and pretend that it does not exist? I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful family movie today called “Courageous”; I urge all followers of Christ to see this film. If you will go and spend your money on music or a movie that does not glorify God and our Savior, I am saying that it should give you great pleasure to spend the same on a movie that does. This post is not about the movie though, but about a preview that I took note of while waiting for the movie to begin, and then other things stirred in my spirit. The movie is called Joyful Noise [Todd Graff, Director, 2011] and it is set to be released in January 2012. When the previews started I was really intrigiued for about two seconds; perhaps I was blinded by the beautiful purple choir robes, but as soon as I saw Queen Latifah in one I was smacked back into reality. I thought that this would be an inspirational movie based upon Psalms 100:1-2, Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Uhhh, NO! I was going to post the trailer here, but the Lord advised me not to, so if you’d like to see it for yourself, then Google is your friend. There, that’s a good screen shot; Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Keke Palmer (of Akilah and the Bee fame) are the stars of this film. I guess what bothers me the most about the previews for this film is that it attempts (and will most likely accomplish) to woo the same audience that was in the movie to see a film that TRULY represented Jesus and His saving grace. This preview glorified vanity, sexuality, rivalry and ego. I got that much from a two minute preview, so I can imagine what the whole 90 minutes will be like. Why are we, as Christians, so eager for entertainment that we will allow anything into our spirits? Oh, I know…”It was a fun, feel good movie!” I have heard that plenty of times, especially about Tyler Perry’s “fun, family” plays and films – which all glorify sex, drugs, blasphemy and lust. We tack a choir into a film, a strong singer, a lukewarm “gospel” song, or even a church advertisement (see below)….and say it belongs to God!
Why do we do this? What about this one?
(Yes I know, I could not watch this all the way through either!)
Do we REALLY think that this mess will attract the unbeliever when it is blatantly meant to cause the believer to stumble? Then we have shows like Sunday’s Worst…or Best depending on how you view it, that encourages openly gay men and women to “sang” for the Lord. We have a Pastor sitting on the judging panel, yet refuses to righteously judge, why? We have so-called women judges who are mean, arrogant and show very little temperance to those fragile beings who just want to sing to the glory of God. This show is a disgrace. I digress and I do apologize, but that promo for Joyful Noise just brought to mind everything that I detest about the modern christian (emphasis on little ‘c’). Movies and music like this are set out here for a reason, yet we fall for it time and again; oh I know…I really do….I am such a strong woman or man of God that these tricks from the devil won’t affect ME! I remember watching on the G.C. Lewis’ messages where he explained the word, “entertainment”, we have to remember that all of these things enter our spirits, and they may not manifest themselves right away, but lie dormant (detained) waiting until they are called forth. ENTER + DETAIN = ENTERTAIN! No wonder we can hear the music to a Marvin Gaye song and immediately start swaying and waving our hands, hmmm!
Think about this….2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Please concentrate on Paul’s usage of the word “from”, its use dictates that there are things that we need to be cleansed from – meaning someone or something else. Additionally, how do we perfect holiness? Be cleansing ourselves and separating ourselves from the profane.
I realize that this blog may be a lot shorter than many of my others (lol), but the promo for this movie just grieved my spirit. My dear brothers and sisters, I pray that you do not support this abomination of a movie or the message that it conveys about Christians. You love Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah and even Courtney B. Vance (the preacher from The Bodyguard), I know, but don’t you love Christ more? Well, go see a movie that will really hit you where you live, Courageous. Without giving anything away, you will see praying, believing God, faith and even some bibles in this film – yes! Is this my rant for the week? No. I was just laying down for a nap when God jolted me and told me to write this so…may God bless you and your household. Keep the faith and stay strong!