FOX TV “honors” Sandy Hook by …

FOX TV “honors” Sandy Hook by …
The terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has shaken us individually and as a nation.  Any parent or grandparent especially feels the horror of what happened when evil shot its way through that school.

Rachel weepingfor her children,refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” (Matthew 3:18b)

Not since September 11, 2001 has our nation so collectively grieved.  Across the nation people gathered to pray.  Flags were flown at half-staff; impromptu memorials sprang up; the ubiquitous moment of silence was featured before Sunday football games.

And then there was the FOX Network with its own way of showing “respect” for this horrific action and loss of life.

Sunday night FOX typically airs its usual lineup of debauched animated shows – Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show.  As we’ve stated before, when we monitor these shows we know what we’ll find.  The specifics might vary, but the overall content remains the same.  Rife with vulgar dialogue, extremely crude sexual themes, and sickening, bloody violence, each episode is a new variation of the same repulsive theme.

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This past Sunday night, however, FOX announced the decision to cancel the scheduled episodes of Family Guy and American Dad

Fox reportedly made the programming change “to avoid airing what might be considered “sensitive content” so soon after the violence that snuffed out the lives of 20 little children and seven adults.

Translation:  The episodes scheduled to air had such graphic violence, common to these two shows, that the network was worried about backlash from viewers and advertisers.

Which begs the question, why is okay for FOX to air such violent garbage 51 weeks of the year, but just not after a national tragedy?

The original episodes scheduled to air were entitled:  “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” from Family Guy and “Minstrel Krampus” from American Dad.

One thing we know about the cancelled American Dad episode is that it featured a demon that punished naughty children at Christmas.   And based on the title, I’m sure the Family Guy episode was bent on mocking Christ.  Seth MacFarlane, the creator of these shows and an avowed atheist, has a history of focusing his most offensive material against Christianity.

While FOX did cancel these episodes of “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” they replaced them with – wait for it – reruns of the same shows!

So instead of what was scheduled, Family Guy aired content such as this:

–          A baby eats “yellow” snow which had been urinated on by a dog – being told its lemon-flavored snow.

–          A woman plays a saxophone with her vagina while engaging in phone sex

–          Elderly men are bashed in the head with baseball bats

–          September 11, 2001 is mocked

–          During a phone conversation with his elderly mother, viewers hear Peter, the main character, tell his mother:

“You’re staying in the nursing home!  I don’t care!  I DON’T CARE!  Believe me, no one is touching you in your sleep – because you’re gross!  And even if they are, who are you saving yourself for?

These are just a few examples from Sunday night’s episode.  Yet, FOX deems this material acceptable week after week – including sickening violence that is no less gruesome just because it’s animated.

Col. David Grossman, a former West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger, is a leading expert addressing our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, and the root causes of the current “virus” of violent crime that is raging around the world.  He authored “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Societyand his works also include:  Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence.

The summary of “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill” states in part:

“There is perhaps no bigger or more important issue in America at present than youth violence. Jonesboro, Arkansas; Paducah, Kentucky; Pearl, Mississippi; Stamps, Arkansas; Conyers, Georgia; and of course, Littleton, Colorado. We know them all too well, and for all the wrong reasons: kids, some as young as eleven years old, taking up arms and, with deadly, frightening accuracy, murdering anyone in their paths. What is going on? According to the authors ofStop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, there is blame to be laid right at the feet of the makers of violent video games (called “murder trainers” by one expert), the TV networks, and the Hollywood movie studios–the people responsible for the fact that children often witness literally hundreds of violent images a day.

“Authors Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano offer incontrovertible evidence, much of it based on recent major scientific studies and empirical research, that movies, TV, and video games are not just conditioning children to be violent–and unaware of the consequences of that violence–but are teaching the very mechanics of killing. Their book is a much-needed call to action for every parent, teacher, and citizen to help our children and stop the wave of killing and violence gripping America’s youth….”

Will FOX and Seth McFarlane’s consciences be pricked regarding the culture of violence they’re contributing to?  I highly doubt it.  As long as they can rake in money by producing this filth, they will continue to do so.  The only thing that trumps MacFarlane’s license to offend is Fox’s quest to make money.  Fearing advertiser and viewer backlash led Fox to cancel these two  episodes.

But what about the episodes that air next?   Fox has no qualms about spewing the filth of Family Guy and American Dad over the airwaves and many advertisers have no problem with sponsoring it.  As Fox has demonstrated, money talks.    And that is the Achilles Heel of advertisers and of Fox.  Letting them know they have lost a customer (or a viewer) may be the only thing that will get their attention.

Take Action!  Click here to let the sponsors of Family Guy know you won’t support companies that empower the culture-rotting trash of these shows. 

Sponsors include:  Subway, Old Navy, American Eagle, KFC restaurant, Nexus, Microsoft, and T-Mobile.

We encourage you to also forward this email to your family and friends and urge them to take action, too!

http://www.americandecency.org/full_article.php?article_no=1642

The End Is Near: Terminal Hysteria or Blessed Hope? By Wallace Henley , Special to CP

It has begun – “it” being the end  of the world. Of people, time, cluttered closets, the IRS, the fiscal cliff,  final exams, leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The end of everything.

We won’t even need Obamacare.

Some interpretations of an old Mayan calendar seem to predict the finale of  something or other on December 21. Is it a “baktun”-cycle that terminates, or  the whole world?

Hysterics everywhere are going with the latter. One man in China has built  himself an ark, a big boat on which he hopes to ride out the end. Another  Chinese craftsman’s ark is actually a 13-foot steel sphere in which he will  survive the end whether by land or sea safe as a pit in a big round olive.

Some anxious folk are trekking to the French Pyrenees, where a UFO is parked  up in the mountains waiting to waft the wise into safe space. Unless, of course,  they collide with planet Niburu, which others believe will zip out of its  concealment on the backside of the sun and crash into earth. Then again the  alien lifeboat could get caught in the gullet of that huge black hole some Mayan  calendar buffs predict will swallow us all.

Meanwhile, New Agers and other spiritists are booking hotel rooms near  Chichen Itza, the Mexican site of Mayan ruins. I’ve been there, and fascinating  as it is, between the air-sucking heat, nosy iguanas, and squadrons of flying  pests I wished for the end too.

It’s not all bad, however. Yoga enthusiasts are fluffing up their mats and  getting ready to join a global mind-meld to launch a new age. One hopes it will  be better than the “Age of Aquarius” we stepped into in the 1970s, as proclaimed  in the popular musical, “Hair.”

At least the end of the world means there will be no possibility for the  return of leisure suits.

Maya scholar Geoffrey Braswell says the folderol about the Mayan calendar  “tells us more about ourselves, particularly in the Western world, than it does  about the ancient Maya.”

He’s right. The craziness shows at least three things. First, the way people  view the “end” reveals much about their personal worldview. The fearful see the  end of the world as cataclysm. Their angst is over termination, hence the  terminal hysteria. Cynics scorn them as disaster-mongers. Skeptics are  withholding judgment until December 22, and, if they are still here, will  declare their opinion then.

Second, the current craziness shows that when there is no coherent and  credible belief system, confusion and wackiness abound. Squirrels take the  shortest route to the nut. If it seems this way, they dart off here. If it  appears the crunchy is in that direction, they quickly shift that way. There’s a  lot of squirrely darting around with regard to the Mayan calendar.

Third, the Mayan tempest reveals the extent to which many in the West have  abandoned the Bible and its revelation. There they might find the coherence and  stability that provide peace, and  even joyful anticipation of the “end.”

However, even among Christians and others who look to the Bible for their  understanding of the future and end of the world, there’s a lot of wackiness.  The key to unlocking the biblical end-game is found in the Greek words inspired  in the New Testament, and their Hebrew counterparts in the Old.

In biblical Greek, “end” does not refer to “termination” so much as “telos,”  the arrival at purpose. (Matthew 24:14) However, reaching the goal of history  doesn’t come through a global mind-meld, but through the “Parousia,” the arrival  of the “summation of all things,” like the resolution of a chord that brings the  whole composition into symphonic wholeness. (Ephesians 1:10) “Apokatastasis  panton” is another Greek term, meaning a restoration of all things to their  original mint condition. (Acts 3:21) “Palin genesia” is a restart, a new  beginning. (Matthew 19:28)

Put it all together, and the “end” doesn’t ignite terminal hysteria, but the  “blessed hope,” as Paul writes in Titus 2:13. History is moving toward an  encounter with Christ, and restoration of the pristine purity of a world under  the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and Spirit-given joy. (Romans 14:17)

The only people who need to quake are those not registered as citizens in the  Kingdom of Heaven. (Revelation 13:8) However, the Bible sounds a positive note  even for those not “ready” for the end. History is not winding down, but winding  up, and this era of the great “wind-up” is the “day of opportunity” for people  to gain their heavenly citizenship through Christ. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

So, with respect to the end of the world, we are faced with terminal  hysteria, skeptical scorn, cynical indifference, or blessed hope.

I think I will go with blessed hope.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-end-is-near-terminal-hysteria-or-blessed-hope-86748/#UjZXUljZEiTQ7jLG.99

Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children

Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children:

  1. God commanded, “Thou shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13).
  2. The destruction of conceived human life – whether embryonic, fetal, or viable – is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God.
  3. Aborting unborn humans falls under the repeated biblical ban against “shedding innocent blood.”
  4. The Bible frequently expresses the high priority God puts on the protection and provision and vindication of the weakest and most helpless and most victimized members of the community.
  5. By judging difficult and even tragic human life as a worse evil than taking life, abortionists contradict the widespread biblical teaching that God loves to show His gracious power through suffering and not just by helping people avoid suffering.
  6. It is a sin of presumption to justify abortion by taking comfort in the fact that all these little children will go to heaven or even be given full adult life in the resurrection.
  7. The Bible commands us to rescue our neighbor who is being unjustly led away to death.
  8. Aborting unborn children falls under Jesus’ rebuke of those who spurned children as inconvenient and unworthy of the Savior’s attention.
  9. It is the right of God the Maker to give and to take human life. It is not our individual right to make this choice.

10. Finally, saving faith in Jesus Christ brings forgiveness of sins and cleansing of conscience and help through life and hope for eternity. Surrounded by such omnipotent love, every follower of Jesus is free from the greed and fear that might lure a person to forsake these truths in order to gain money or avoid reproach.

 

John Piper

Exploratory Procedure

“The Word of God is living and powerful, . . . a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

I have a friend who recently underwent a laryngoscopy. I winced as he explained how his doctor took a camera with a light on the end and stuck it down his throat to try to find the cause of his pain.

It reminded me that God’s Word is like a laryngoscopy. It invades the unseen areas of our lives, exposing the diseased and damaged spiritual tissue that troubles us. If you’re wincing at the thought of how uncomfortable this divine procedure might be, consider Jesus’ words: “Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20). Internal intrusions may be uncomfortable, but do you really want the disease?

Welcoming God’s Word to penetrate the deep, dark places of our hearts is the only way to find true healing and the spiritual health we long for. Believe me, the procedure will be thorough. As the writer of Hebrews assures, God’s Word is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (John 4:12)—piercing all the way through the external stuff of our lives, all the way down to our thoughts, intentions, and motives.

So what are you waiting for? With God’s Word you don’t need an appointment. The divine Surgeon is ready when you are!

Ever present, truest Friend, Ever near Thine aid to lend, Guide us as we search the Word, Make it both our shield and sword. —Anon.

Let God’s Word explore your inner being.

http://getmorestrength.org/daily/exploratory-procedure/

Test of Faithfulness

We know that all things work together for good to those who love God . . . —Romans 8:28

It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it. We act as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people. To be faithful in every circumstance means that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith— the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring the realization of our unfaithfulness to Him for not recognizing that He had ordained the situation. We never saw what He was trying to accomplish, and that exact event will never be repeated in our life. This is where the test of our faithfulness comes. If we will just learn to worship God even during the difficult circumstances, He will change them for the better very quickly if He so chooses.

Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do today. We will be faithful to our work, to serving others, or to anything else; just don’t ask us to be faithful to Jesus Christ. Many Christians become very impatient when we talk about faithfulness to Jesus. Our Lord is dethroned more deliberately by Christian workers than by the world. We treat God as if He were a machine designed only to bless us, and we think of Jesus as just another one of the workers.

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son.

http://utmost.org/test-of-faithfulness/