It’s Memorial Day 2011 and I just read a headline that says,
“Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Ever! Hangover 2 Shatters Comedy Records”
I know little of this movie. I didn’t see the first one. But, I know alot of this movie from seeing commercials on TV, and the preview trailer that was shown as I waited to see “Soul Surfer.” I know enough from those few glimpses that immorality is celebrated and humor hides the dark underbelly of a life lived in pursuit of fleshly desires. I know enough from those few glimpses that in this movie the beauty and significance of sex is perverted, that women are objectified.
In the article some interesting demographic info was posted. Of those who attended this movie, 54% were under the age 24. Of those who attended, 51% were female. Why are the young people, especially young girls, so drawn to this type of humor? What does that say about our culture?
This brings up another experience I had with our culture. My wife and I enjoyed this past season of American Idol. We pulled for Scotty. I loved his humility, and I saw something special in him during Hollywood Week when he confessed his failure in sticking up for the husky kid with the beautiful soprano voice.
Yet, in the midst of the great storyline of real human drama, the producers continually injected the professional acts, many of which are ridiculously erotic. From Lady Gaga, to J-Lo, to Beyonce… I couldn’t watch. I had to fast forward the DVR rather than watch these women do things in public that are bound in heaven. While Americans cheered, I am sure the angels stood aghast.
My biggest concern as a Pastor is how many of the young people in the families of our church will go see this movie? How many of the young people in my church listen to this music, and watch these videos? What does it say of their walk with Jesus Christ that they would willingly pay money to sit under the teaching of a culture where drunkenness, promiscuity, and even bestiality are seen as fodder for humor?
What kind of damage to their souls is being done with the type of entertainment they subject themselves to? What can we do to help? How can I equip the parents to beat back a world system that is increasingly immoral and ubiquitous?
What does this entertainment say about us? I am no culture warrior. I am a simple preacher of the Gospel. And, as an average pastor, I need help.