The Disconnect

Subtitled: Moral Immorality, the Music and Movie Industry, Disney’s Double Standard, and the Duke Lacrosse Team and Honest Strippers

I’ve been meaning to post something along these lines for some time, but for a million insignificant reasons, I haven’t. It’s the sort of thing I think about every time I hear about the RIAA or the MPAA suing someone for illegal music or movie downloads, or when I occasionally read that Disney if firing some teen star because of the teens behavior. Most recently, it was brought to mind when I read a recap of the Duke lacrosse team case.

What always surprises me about the Duke lacrosse case is the statements I hear “Christians” make regarding how the team members were mistreated by the press, the justice system, and the perjuring stripper. I hear people defending the players and making statements that I swear, to my ears sound something like this:

It’s a sad day when men can’t hire a stripper without the fear of getting indicted for rape. I remember back in the “good ‘ol days” when strippers wanted nothing more than to do an honest Saturday evening’s work and get a good night’s sleep before going to church the next morning. It makes me sad to see the country falling apart like this. What’s next: doctor’s helping women kill their babies? I certainly hope not…

It’s sad really that people living in a society that allows men to legally hire a stripper are shocked to learn that someone who is ok with breaking God’s commandments about nudity, doesn’t have a problem with breaking his commandments about lying. These same people then follow that bit of illogic up with being shocked that the media and a district attorney drawn from that same society might not be quite so moral either.

And this sort of thinking is popping up everywhere:

The music and movie industry have spent the last 40+ years promoting immoral and illegal behavior and then they are “shocked” and “dismayed” to discover that a generation raised on the values they have sold have no problem with stealing music and movies.

Disney wants to make movies about kids who buck the system and who live their lives their own way, but they want young actresses and actors who follow Disney’s rules unquestioningly.

The church wants parents to take a greater role in their children’s lives, but it also takes every opportunity it can to separate the children from the parents and to suggest to the parents that teaching children is something best left to professionals.

Parents want their children to respect them and take what they say seriously, but parents flippantly choose to ignore Scripture and the spiritual authority of the church when it inconveniences them.

Short version: Wake up, you can’t have moral immorality… if you deny God’s word in one area, it affects all the other areas as well.

Any comments?

12 thoughts on “The Disconnect”

  1. Good read on the self-contradictory messages of culture, church, and parents. I hadn’t thought of the music industry in that light before, but you’re absolutely right. Put in the context of what popular songs actually say about integrity, the protests over illegal downloading and theft are kind of humorous.

  2. Good read on the self-contradictory messages of culture, church, and parents. I hadn’t thought of the music industry in that light before, but you’re absolutely right. Put in the context of what popular songs actually say about integrity, the protests over illegal downloading and theft are kind of humorous.

  3. Actually, your thoughts mirrored mine viz. the reaction to the “innocence” of the accused. I remember telling my teenaged daughter, “None of this would have happened if they had foregone the stripper in the first place. Remember, you can’t be accused of wrongdoing if you’re not there to begin with.”

    And as for the broader point, I’ve thought the same thing about marriage. The church becomes vexed by the thought of same-sex marriage destroying an “institution” yet stood by while states made it easier for people to get divorced and accepted that fact with nary a whimper.

    I could go on, but your post hits the nail on the head.

    Cheers.

  4. Actually, your thoughts mirrored mine viz. the reaction to the “innocence” of the accused. I remember telling my teenaged daughter, “None of this would have happened if they had foregone the stripper in the first place. Remember, you can’t be accused of wrongdoing if you’re not there to begin with.”

    And as for the broader point, I’ve thought the same thing about marriage. The church becomes vexed by the thought of same-sex marriage destroying an “institution” yet stood by while states made it easier for people to get divorced and accepted that fact with nary a whimper.

    I could go on, but your post hits the nail on the head.

    Cheers.

  5. Ariel,
    Thanks for stopping by and giving this a read. I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue of late in my own life and the inconsistencies I communicate to my wife and children.

  6. Ariel,
    Thanks for stopping by and giving this a read. I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue of late in my own life and the inconsistencies I communicate to my wife and children.

  7. Randall,
    Some good observations on marriage. The first post I ever wrote for this site was along a somewhat similar line.

    I really appreciate you stopping by. I always enjoying reading your comments.

    Charles

  8. Randall,
    Some good observations on marriage. The first post I ever wrote for this site was along a somewhat similar line.

    I really appreciate you stopping by. I always enjoying reading your comments.

    Charles

  9. Jonathan,
    If you’re evil plan was to get me to read the Abolition of Man in my desire to understand the men without chests reference, then… well… you succeeded…

    Well played.

  10. Jonathan,
    If you’re evil plan was to get me to read the Abolition of Man in my desire to understand the men without chests reference, then… well… you succeeded…

    Well played.

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