This past Sunday the Academy Awards presented their annual rewards ceremony. Each year Hollywood’s best show up to pay homage to who they think was this year’s best. The show always begins with them walking the red carpet before the massive amounts of media. The questions asked can range from who are you wearing to political questions to off the wall questions made to do nothing more than get two minutes with the celebrity. As the show goes on there are jokes to be made, usually at the expense of some celebrity and sometimes the president (especially this year). Once the awards are handed out there is undoubtedly going to be those that made some speech that stirs up emotions, makes people cringe, or brings forth cheers from their follow thespians. One thing is for certain, there is always some controversy that gets stirred up. As a child I was an avid watcher. My father was in the film industry, trying to break into special effects. So, naturally, movies were a bid deal in our home. As the years went by I no longer ignored the acceptance speeches. What I noticed was an alarming trend. It used to be that thanking God was the first thing a celebrity did. Those days have come and gone. Yes, I still will hear them thanking moms, dads, spouses, children, co-actors, directors, etc. But God has become an after thought for most. In fact, some of the last people that I heard thanking God for their success were those thanking him for the most absurd things. (I recall one Grammy Awards show where a band thanked God for the record. That band’s record spoke of killing people and belittled women). Today acceptance speeches have given many actors and actresses another podium to stand upon to spout off their political, religious, and world views. This is when I quit watching. When Hollywood started to believe that because they make movies and entertain the masses that all of sudden that meant that their opinions not only mattered but mattered more than anyone else’s. What is even more sad is that many young people look up to these celebrities and think that they must be right. They must be right because they are being honored. They must be right because they are wealthy. They must be right because they are successful. They must be right because the character they played in that one movie thinks just like me. Listen to what the bibles says is real wisdom. “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace(James 3:13-18).” The wisdom most of these celebrities speak is not wisdom from above because it is usually not pure. When a celebrity goes on and on about woman’s rights what they are really saying is not that a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body. She is saying that a woman has the right to commit genocide. (I mean what else would you call it when a people murder millions of people because of a similar trait. In this case, they are unwanted babies. I mean how dare that baby try to grow in her womb.) Murder is never pure. They cannot be sharing the wisdom from above when they go on and on about LGBT rights either. Those that don’t accept the boundaries or statutes that God has established for a healthy sexual relationship, that is within the confines of marriage (Gen. 2:24). They proclaim that they are enlightened. They claim that they are smarter, wiser, more compassionate because they accept people no matter who they are. What they fail to realize is that while God’s own son encouraged people to come to him, no matter who they are or what they had done, he also encouraged them to “go and sin no more (John 8:11). Their wisdom cannot be from above because they are not impartial. Sure, they like to claim that they are but just look at their treatment of those that think otherwise. Trump is hated not because he is our president but because he stands for everything that they disagree with. They cannot fathom him doing any good because he represents the conservative element in America. Add to this the treatment of Christians and we have a very real partiality issue among the Hollywood elite. Conservative actors are shunned (Kirk Cameron was fired from his hit TV show, Growing Pains, because he refused to be disrespectful to his father, he wouldn’t belittle women, he wouldn’t kiss a woman on TV, etc. True wisdom builds a nation up (Ecc. 9:15). This pseudo-wisdom spouted forth by Hollywood’s religion only leads to sorrow and suffering.
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