White Men Can’t Jump

April 1, 1992- White Men Can’t Jump. I saw that movie. I saw it at Studio 28 in Wyoming, MI. There was nothing special about the movie itself. It was hilarious, but it didn’t win an Oscar. It was excit­ing, but not more than any other. It wasn’t even the only movie I’ve seen; there were plenty others. My point is, White Men Can’t Jump was the last movie I went to see and this is why:

Here are several evils I found in movies/TV:

1) Endless cursing and swearing . . . White Men Can’t Jump

2) Brutal violence, child abuse, dishonor of par­ents, marital infidelity, lots of foul language, greed, and nudity . . . The Last Boy Scout (one of my favorites- saw it three times).

3) Earthly gain, power, fame, nudity, gross human butchery, emphasis on the power of man and the strength of his mind, and transsexualism . . . Silence of the Lambs (four times).

4) Multiple references to Mother Nature, rather than God the Lord and Creator . . . The Bear, other Disney productions

5) Graphic sex, not treated as a gift from God for husband and wife . . . Basic Instinct

6) Anti-Christian, “eat, drink, and be merry” lifestyles, problems addressed from a very humanistic, ungodly perspective . . . Beverly Hills 90210

7) Even worse . . . Melrose Place, soap operas, talk shows

8) Glorified violence for society’s sake . . . COPS, 911

9)  “Wonderful” family life apart from God. No mention of and no need for anything God-fearing . . . Growing Pains, Family Ties, Home Improvement, Full House

10) Most of the above, plus more … In Living Color, The Simpsons, Married with Children

These easy-to-get-to movies and programs are horribly wrong in their anti-Christian nature. I never ever want to see covenant youth attending such filth-in theater or in the home!

Are there any questions? Sure! Whenever we have a problem, we go to Scripture. Scripture is the revealed Word of the Lord of your life! We sing of Him every Sunday, “Praise God from whom all bless­ings flow, praise Him all creatures here below.” He is worthy of all blessing, honor, glory, and power. So, before Him we humbly ask: What is taught to us in the Scriptures? How to honor and praise God, from whom all blessings flow, in our daily walk?

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves trea­sures upon earth, . . . But lay up for yourselves trea­sures in heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as pil­grims and strangers, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

There are plenty more passages. Find them. Search the Scriptures.

Two questions for you. Do we show thankfulness to God by what we watch? If not, is it a problem that needs to be dealt with among our young people, young adults, plenty-old-to-know-better adults, and our pre­cious children? Oh, you don’t suppose for one minute that the Almighty One who can snatch your breath away RIGHT NOW doesn’t know about our pet sins? He knows us! You don’t think that the One from whom all blessings flow doesn’t understand our intentions as we watch hour after hour of worthless entertainment? He knows our frailty and the power and seduction involved! That’s why He CARES for His children in time of need, giving them the above words of instruc­tion and many more. “Like as a father pitieth his chil­dren, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him” (Psalm 103:13).

In spite of God’s fatherly care, we often go against our conscience. I went to movies; I still have a TV in the house. I loved them. I surrounded myself with temptation and ended up consumed with lusts of the flesh ….

Consumed with lusts of the flesh? A little too harsh, don’t you think?

Uh-uh. I don’t think so.

I laughed as hateful insults were exchanged. I laughed. I cheered for the violence, the kicks to the face and the bloody killings. I cheered for the bloodiest! I thrilled at the sight of a beautiful woman’s half- naked body, especially the almost completely naked ones. Loved it! LOVED IT! And the movies with no sex, no violence, and no cursing-I easily slipped these past my conscience. Yet aren’t these the grossest? Aren’t these the subtlest? They have no mention of God’s praise and honor, no indication as to a single Godfear­ing intention. Think about it. These are the ones we are quickest to allow – ungodly as they are. Remember what I said – no more movies, no TV (see also Rev. Gritters’ articles in the Standard Bearer). None what­soever, not even Home Improvement.

White Men Can’t Jump wasn’t subtle at all. But (go figure), there I was enjoying myself fully as Billy (Woody Harrelson) cracked a remark about his money jar, his wife, and a hideous desecration of sex, which is a gift from God. Follow me now to the tables of the law. Two tables. “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. . . love thy neighbor as thyself (Matt. 22). First commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Tenth commandment: “Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20). Movie attendance makes a sinful, harmo­nious link between the two tables. We covet these movies and TV’s (10th commandment) and pledge our time and money to these for our enjoyment (1st) instead of “Seek ye first….”

Do we show thankfulness by what we watch?

Do we have a problem in our lives? Over all, I say we do! The filth of television is causing our homes to look and smell like rotten cesspools!

Movies, television, or the like are not wrong in essence. Yet, if they hinder you from the work of God’s kingdom, I suggest you stay away from all movies and throw the TV out. I do mean throw it out on the street for the garbage man to pick up! Please! people, PLEASE!!! Look what it does to your home! If you ignore the Lord of your life and still watch you are denying Christ, not yourself and your earthly plea­sures.

The apostle Peter denied Christ. The story is well known. “I know not what thou sayest.”

“I do not know the man.”

I KNOW NOT THE MAN!” (Matt. 26).

Peter wept bitterly after this denial of his Lord and Savior. Isn’t it time we did too?