I'm always amused (or perhaps irritated is a better word) at how people in the United States blame others — especially Hollywood — for the degeneration of our society. It's as if we were a holy nation and suddenly, after decades of watching movies and TV, we have become degenerates. I'm not saying that we were always this bad but let's be honest. Many of these things have been going on for years but people just chose to ignore them.
For instance, children have been molested by priests, teachers, and other "trusted" adults for more than a few decades. The murder of unborn babies has been legal — and accepted by the majority — for over 30 years. In the early sixties the U.S. president was in the process of being impeached for sleeping with an enemy spy — and he was married — but he is still considered a great president. Another president defied U.S. laws and used witchcraft to run the United States, yet everyone still upholds him as a righteous 'Christian'. Wife-swapping become popular over 40 years ago. It was over 20 years ago that one of the first (or, perhaps the first) known homosexual was elected to Congress. Forty years ago the majority of the youth of the nation became sexually promiscuous and experimented with different drugs — and that was without a long history of television viewing. And what about all the sin during prohibition? That surely didn't happen as a result of watching too much television. (And it wasn't just a minority of the population, either. Otherwise, Congress wouldn't have repealed it.)
Hollywood didn't just begin making movies that are offensive to many people. Sure, they have become more raunchier but that is only a sign of the continued downward spiral of our society as a whole. (Contrary to popular belief, "Hollywood" does not have an agenda to pervert your kids and destroy society. For the most part, those involved are only out to make money, nothing more. If movies about God made hundreds of millions of dollars, you can bet they would be making them (which they have many times). They only give the people what they want. If the people didn't want the movies Hollywood makes, the films would not make any money, and Hollywood would not make them, plain and simple. I do believe that the adversary in the spiritual realm uses what Hollywood does, but he also uses good things.)
Has our society degenerated over the years? Sure it has. But you know what is more interesting? It seemed to began a more rapid decline around the time Israel became a nation in 1948. That was also right after the U.S. government refused to help the Jews of Europe escape the Holocaust. As the witness of God has shone brighter, the world, including the United States, has rebelled in a greater way. (I am not speaking of the Jewish people, per se; rather, I am speaking of the witness of God's word in the establishment of His people in His land in accordance with the words He spoke through His prophets over 2,000 years ago.)
We each have free will. We can choose to do what we want to do. We can choose if we want to watch offensive movies and television. We can choose if we want to violate our wedding vows or molest children. We can choose if we want to sleep with someone of the same sex or other perverted acts. We can choose if we want to do drugs, etc. What has happened is that psychologists, doctors, and others have declared that it's not our fault. They declare that we were born that way, or our parents molested us, or some other excuse we can use so that we don't have to be responsible for our actions. And society as a whole accepts and embraces that thinking! It doesn't want to face the fact that, without God, man is not basically good. (I'm not saying that some of these things might not be hard to resist. We live in fallen bodies, of course they are. But it is our responsibility to try to change, not society's obligation to "put up" with us.)
In a column published several years ago, Dennis Prager wroteA very good article: If You Believe That People Are Basically Good:
Years ago people used to take responsibility for their actions, or at least somewhat. But it is no longer true. Society blames it on something else, like Hollywood, when, in fact, it's because we are not held accountable for our deeds. However, we will one day be held accountable:
Why not take responsibility for your actions now before the Lord judges you later for not doing it? Don't make excuses for others in society. It's not because of the work of Hollywood or any other organization. We make our own choices and, consequently, must pay the price.