“Did you watch it last night, American Horror Story?” And so began an almost surreal conversation at work this morning among the young ladies in my office. Since we work in a call center environment and the cubicle walls are only waist high, it’s easy for the conversation to go back and forth across the office. With at least 5 ladies all commenting on the show I caught bits and pieces. Topics such as lobotomy and how they did it, to speculation on whether the one girl was pregnant and the ominous mutterings of what the plans would be for the unborn child, and how the aliens were supposed to fit into all of this, flew back and forth. What I heard certainly did warrant the title ‘horror’ as well as disturbing, morbid, macabre and outright disgusting. This is what young women are watching?
I thought of a recent pod cast from Dr. Albert Mohler and couldn’t also wonder at the direction television shows in america have taken. Warner Huston at BrietBart.com gives us a running list of all the post-apocalyptic offerings currently available and I humbly admit to enjoying a couple of these myself but why? What is going on in the american mindset that makes this type of fare not only palpable but seemingly enjoyable, and if not enjoyable certainly gripping. In Mr. Huston’s article he points out that many TV commentators say,
our mood and outlook about both the present and the future can be understood through the collective programming on the TV.
Are we as a country worst off than we have been in the past? Looking at the previous century I don’t think that we can justifiably say that’s the case, and yet if you were to look at our television programming it would certainly appear that we believe we are. It begs the question, why? What is it about life in america that seems so bad as to elicit the creation of these shows for our pleasure? And are they pleasurable? What sense of enjoyment do these types of show bring us? Is it simply for the sake that the characters and their situations are so worst off than ours that we take solace in these shows? And yes I’m not unaware of the arguments that can be made to this line of questioning. Entertainment and television have always brought us relief at the expense of others, but normally this has been accomplished as humor. Whether through the inept job skills of
So why the mood of dark foreboding that our current fare of television points too? What is it about this time in history with it’s albeit woe’s that portends to such darker hearts? I believe it can be summed up as a loss of hope. The one thing we hear about so often from our older generations was that their dispositions were different than ours. I believe there was a greater sense that things really would look better – some day. That the grass truly was greener if you could just get to the other side of the hill or make it to tomorrow. That with the help of family and friends they could mull their way out of the hard times. But I think the biggest change is with our lack of faith. No matter what a persons true beliefs were in past generations, there was a greater faith in God. And with that faith, no matter the theology that formed it, there was the sense that a far greater power was in ultimate control, and out of that came a hope that far too many lack today.
This world and everything and everyone in it will fail us. Neither it or we are meant to last. Everything is in a downward spiral out of this existence, like water down a toilet bowl. If that is what you’ve put your hope in or try to find your joy and happiness in then all is loss for you. Only Jesus Christ and God the Father through the working power of the Holy Spirit can accomplish what we all longingly seek – even when we are blind to that fact. Inexplicable joy can be yours, even in the darkest of times if you rest in Christ.
Titus 3:3-7 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.