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For many decades the LGBT movement has worked tirelessly in effort to fundamentally transform America’s conscience with regards to sexuality and gender. This has been achieved, in large part, with direct assistance from Hollywood. In a Hollywood Reporter article from 9/25/14 Natalie Jarvey wrote, “Gay couples? Gay kisses? Yawn. New sexual boundaries are being broken as Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ is the latest to tackle a once-taboo topic.” Long before Bruce Jenner decided to go public with his transgender decision the path had already been paved for him. In my judgment, a ‘team effort’ strategy during a sweeping “moral revolution” is what helped advance the LGBT cause so rapidly.
Our LGBT friends need to remember that not too long ago many/most “Liberal/Progressive” politicians actually campaigned in favor of traditional marriage (take Bill and Hillary Clinton for example). The night before his presidential election victory in 2008, then candidate Obama said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman.” I do not support same sex same weddings though I do oppose California Proposition 8. Much has changed in seven short years (and much has not).
If I were to summarize the LGBT strategy I would highlight six simple words: Desensitize, Normalize, Demonize, Legalize, Idolize, and for some, Victimize (or you could say Penalize)! It is remarkable in some ways that less than 4% of the population has effectively influenced the Supreme Court into changing the “legal definition” of marriage (ultimately no human court has the authority to redefine what God designed).
Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz: Vanity Fair
Now before you dismiss this article outright as coming from one of those “angry Baptist preachers” I would encourage you to at least consider the real life examples that are listed below.
The goal of this post is not to call on Christians everywhere to boycott Hollywood and Starbucks. Every Spirit-filled believer has to make their own Biblically informed decisions as to what they are going to watch, listen to, and read. Unlike some pastors, I do not believe that Christian liberty should not be taken away from believers just because it is regularly abused (for more on what the Bible teaches concerning grey area decisions consider this, this, and this). I for one take my wife to a restaurant owned by a gay chief, have gay friends, still enjoy Starbucks, hope to take my children to Disneyland one day, and occasionally go to the movie theater- but now I digress.
How did we get here? Contrary to popular opinion, TV shows and movies are almost never “agenda-less” entertainment. People write books and movie scripts with a certain worldview and with specific goals in mind. My blog is no different. I have a Christian worldview. As such I believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. I try and convince my small “audience” to follow the clear teachings of Scripture as an expression of love for Christ (John 14:15).
Back to the widespread influence of Hollywood. Neal Postman observed correctly long ago that many Americans are simply “amusing themselves to death.” This means that most church kids know far more about the entertainment world then the world of the Bible. They know the lyrics of secular songs far better then they know lyrics of most sacred songs. They spend more time watching TV/movies then just about anything else. In view of this, as my Greek professor often said, “We need to be aware so we can beware.”
Suffice it to say, the amount of TV shows that promote the LGBT agenda are too numerous to count. Here is a VERY small sampling: Continue Reading…