Editor’s Note: Joe Wright, of Las Cruces, NM, sent in the following article when Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, was first being played in movie theaters.
About that same time, I wrote an article for the local paper where I normally pen a weekly sports report on the local high school. The editor (with whom I have a good relationship), refused to run the article. I had taken issue (mildly) with aspects of the film, and as she felt it was a good evangelistic tool, she was unwilling to print my criticism.
This is an example of the dangerous attitudes which brother Wright mentions in his short article. I commend it to you.
It is easily arguable that popular culture has designed the attitudes within our nation concerning a myriad of issues from eating habits to races for the highest offices in the land. We live in a time where an endorsement from a shoe company will get you stardom, and having your name or image associated with a soft drink can propel you to a position of status and wealth only very few will ever know. You know, I know, and “they” know all such is meaningless and empty on the whole, but it is “good for business.” Regardless, we have a habit of allowing ourselves to slip into the fantasies prescribed for us by the money and fame motivated forms of media in our nation almost without question. Now, as it has gotten closer to the heart, we must stop, meditate, and pray that we are not led into an empty popular culture.