One very pleasant evening I walked down a street in Honduras and passed house after house watching American television plucked from satellites. A few years later I sat in Moscow, Russia and watched the Today show while I was having breakfast. It does not matter where you go American culture blankets the world. American commercials with images and sounds designed to infiltrate the pockets of American youth are being absorbed by African, Asian and Moslem youth. Any thoughtful non-American adult knows it is only a matter of time, a generation or so, before the traditions and values of their heritage and belief structure will be replaced by the commercialism and materialism of the American market place. We need not wonder why conservative parents and grandparents of the world look upon us with disgust and fear. The values they hold dear are being overwhelmed.
If we saw our heritage being taken apart commercial by commercial and program by program we too would rise up in arms to destroy the “Great Satan.”
It is important to present truth and let the power of its veracity proclaim its worth. However, once in a while it is important to recognize and speak of the greatest enemy of what we hold dear. It is not foreign but internal. We are not immune. We cannot entertain ourselves with morally decadent dialogues and listen to people infer we will be better people if we use their product and then expect ourselves to grow into good people. What we watch. What we feed upon we become.
Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 25, 2016
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