Hollywood’s True Colors Have Always Been on Display
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
– Galatians 5:19-24 (ESV)
If you’ve watched the news at all during the last few weeks, you’ve likely heard about scandal after scandal coming out of Hollywood. Powerful men accused of taking advantage of those who were “subordinate” to them. It started with Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer, who was accused by several women of sexual harassment. This lead to several actors and actresses revealing that they, too, had been victims. Women were empowered to lift up their voices and speak out against the inappropriate actions of their colleagues.
Then, last week, the accusations against Kevin Spacey began to hit the press. Allegations that went from harassment to assault accusations. Sexual advances toward young men. Netflix, who distributes the Spacey-starring show “House of Cards,” has informed producers the show will not continue on their platform if Spacey is a part of it. Now they’re reeling to figure out how to continue the show without their lead actor.
Those two seem to be the tip of the iceberg as more and more reports, accusations and apologies continue to roll out from celebrities. Over the last week I watched social media and the response of people to these stories. I see shock, disbelief, and sadness at the fact that these people, whom they looked up to, could be capable of such atrocities. The sad, unfortunate reality is that these celebrities were being idolized, thus the sadness, shock and disbelief.
I struggle with understanding how or why people are shocked at these allegations coming out of Hollywood regarding “sexual misconduct” (read sexual immorality). Is it really all that shocking when it stems from an industry that thrives on sexual immorality, the objectification of women and the unapologetic desire to build success around the philosophy that “sex sells.” Hollywood tries to paint including sex and nudity in films as “art”. But in reality, according to studies, women are shown nude in movies three times more than men are. Why? Because our culture, this world, is ruled by sin. And sexual immorality is at the heart of it. What better way to get people to buy tickets and watch a movie by appealing to the lusts of the flesh? Learn more about the depravity of Hollywood in this video from VidAngel (which I strongly encourage using in your home):
This is in no way excusing the (alleged) actions of these depraved individuals, but rather shedding some light on the inevitability of this happening in the sin-filled culture that is Hollywood. It should come at no shock these that things are coming to light. Look at the verse above from Galatians where Paul details the works of the flesh, he’s detailing Hollywood, the music industry and entertainment today in general. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.” Are you allowing that temple to be influenced and filled with the things Paul details as “works of the flesh?”
Note also, Paul’s statement in Gal 5:24, “those who belong to Christ [should] have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (emphasis added)” Killing the lusts of the flesh. Separating yourself from them…
So, what can you do? Don’t support Hollywood! Refuse to partake, purchase or propagate films, shows, music, etc. that are full of this debauchery. There are better things you can focus your attention on. Teach your children, both by example and through education, to avoid these things. Entertainment is not a “necessary thing (cf. Lk 10:42)”. In fact, when we look at the exchange between Christ and Martha (Lk 10:38-42), in regard to her sister Mary, Martha was focused more on “entertaining”, or being a good hostess, than learning from Christ. Perhaps we can apply something from that as well. Entertainment can quickly become an idol in our lives if it takes the place of Christ in our hearts. Put Christ first, dear church!
As always, I welcome your questions and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. God loves you, and so do I!
— DD —