I believe in Heaven and Hell. I believe in good and evil. And, I believe in God and the Devil.
Today, as I was finishing my workout on the elliptical at the gym, I was dismayed and disgusted by a Jerry Springer episode that appeared on one of the large televisions above the cardio machines. My eyes were locked, as I watched two women confront each other on stage and proceed to knock each other to the ground, punching and hitting each other while their skirts were pushed higher and higher up their thighs, almost exposing their lack of underwear. This was daytime television and I was speechless.
I know, some of you are saying, “Come on Chenoa, it’s all staged. Relax!” I’m not denying that many of these “reality” shows that have come to consume television are staged – maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. I don’t know. Regardless, it begs the question: How are these shows influencing our society and, especially, our youth?
I’m convinced that the Devil is at work in much of our popular culture and media, including Jerry Springer. These shows bring out the most animalistic behaviors within us – and they do exist. They promote fear, violence, paranoia and judgment – much the same as the culture of alcoholism.
Forget about gun control, lets focus on the media and entertainment industry that promotes and encourages violence as the answer to solving any problem. Whether it’s enraged women attacking each other on Jerry Springer, a “Real Housewife” slapping one another or computerized terrorists attacking and killing innocent people, the message our youth is receiving is violence is THE answer.
Like alcohol, the Devil is cunning and baffling. He is cold and calculating, luring us in with His promise of strength, confidence and recognition.
As a parent, what am I to do? At times, I feel helpless and discouraged. I want to keep my children sheltered from the evil in this world; I want them to look around and, instead of seeing the Devil at work, I want them to see God and His miracles. Instead of violence, I want them to see love and kindness.
While, at times, I feel like God is being pushed out of our mainstream culture, I am confidant that He will overcome. I have seen the miracles He has performed in my life and in the lives of others.
I will continue to be a vessel for His message and teach my children that love, not violence, is the answer.