Job 12:4 “… the just upright man is laughed to scorn.”
In the 1931 film produced in Hollywood, The Public Enemy, James Cagney smashed a half of a grapefruit into the face of Mae Clark. Hollywood has directed Cary Grant to grab Katherine Hepburn’s face and push her onto the floor. They have written in John Wayne beating Maureen O’Hara in numerous films to which she responds with appreciative obedience.
Preachers responded across the land decrying the violent productions presented to the public at large. “The just upright man is laughed to scorn”.
In 1962/63 the practice of prayer and Bible reading were removed from public school. It is claimed that some students were offended and the separation of state and religion must be protected. Commandments for life such as “Honour thy father and thy mother…, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery, though shalt not bear false witness…” were no longer considered important or relevant to the people of America. The public had become too sophisticated for such out of date teachings.
Preachers responded with warnings of the dangers presented by these actions. “The just upright man is laughed to scorn”.
The following are excerpted from online Pediatrics
November 2009, VOLUME 124 / ISSUE 5
Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents. Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed.
Interpersonal violence, for victims and perpetrators, is now a more prevalent health risk than infectious disease, cancer, or congenital disorders for children, adolescents, and young adults. Homicide, suicide, and trauma are leading causes of mortality in the pediatric population.
Preachers responded with the message of God – Ps 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:
Yet, “the just and upright man is laughed to scorn”.
Please let me encourage the “just and upright man” – do not be weary in well doing!
2 Timothy 4:2 (KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.