What Can Be Done?
- Tuesday, March 09, 2004
The work has been slow, but his organization has built bridges of friendships with many people over time. For instance, one Jewish man was miraculously converted. This man called Larry Poland and told him he was on the brink of signing a deal that would yield multimillions of dollars in profits. There was only one catch: pornography was at the heart of this venture. The Jewish convert told Larry, "Somehow I don't think Jesus would be pleased if I go through with the deal." Larry gently counseled the man, so that he could see for himself that, no, the Lord would not be pleased. Because of his new Christian convictions, the man turned down the deal.
Another man who is a type of missionary to Hollywood is Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of "Movieguide." Year after year Ted Baehr documents information that shows that anti-Christian movies generally bomb at the box office, while well-done pro-family movies, including those with Christian content, generally do well.34
I commend the work of these two missionaries. Since Hollywood exports to the rest of the world, these and similar efforts are extremely important. Please keep these men in your prayers and consider supporting their efforts. In the long run, this could easily have worldwide impact.
Do you know the name of the most active protest group to the media? It is the Gay Media Task Force. Directors and writers say that if they put anything on television that even in the slightest way is uncomplimentary to homosexuals, an unending string of phone calls comes into the station. And they will have a visit by several prominent homosexuals in the next forty-eight hours. That has an impact.
When was the last time you called a station and protested the way they portray Christians? We need to call the stations and write the networks.
There is also a need for solidarity. Unfortunately, too often Christians think, "That wasn't my particular denomination. They attacked somebody else."
That reminds me of what resistant Pastor Martin Niemoller said about the Nazis:
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.35
We need to stand together as Christians, just as the Jewish people now do. If anything is said derogatorily about Jews, there's a tremendous outcry. It doesn't matter if the insult is against Reformed, Orthodox, or Conservative Jews; it is an attack upon Judaism. Yet we'll see the name of Jesus Christ dragged through the mud and Christians portrayed as idiots, hypocrites, fanatics, and worse, and we say nothing at all.
We also need to discuss what's going on with our youngsters. We can't protect our children from this media bias. They're going to get it some way, but they need to be taught to test what they are hearing.
Finally, we ought to watch less television. You know, television is addictive, according to psychologists. And some of you are addicted to television. In fact, I wonder if they took the television away altogether, would you know how to live your life? Someone said that merely trying to improve programming is like taking an alcoholic and telling him not to drink cheap whiskey, but Chavis Regal.
Thankfully, over the last few decades, millions and millions of Americans have been tuning out the dominant networks and turning to alternative sources of news. Fox News, which strives to allow for conservative voices, is beating the competition per capita everywhere it goes. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has far more listeners than any liberal commentator.
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