While many people are rightly wondering how a human being could snap and go into a mass murder rampage killling people in cold blood, I have also been wondering why many of us are not as outraged and grieved by the senseless glorification of all things criminal and inhumane done in the name of entertainment.

I know that alot of people are trying to use this event as a way to blame what happened on gun control, campus security, our inability to respond bravely in the face of warning signs etc. I am not here to place blame, but to make us wake up as a society and think. Whatever Cho did, he did because he gave himself over to the evil things that flooded his private thought life. Many people have been hurt like him, abused, and rejected, yet they chose to rise above it, to be healed, to overcome evil with good. He alone is responsible for his heinous actions and He alone has stood before the final Judge to give an account of his wickedness and receive justice.

With this being said, I think it would benefit us to look at the things that we as a society deem as “entertainment” and decide if it has any influence on our society’s problems. We pay money to watch senseless acts of violence and the gruesome destruction of other human being portrayed in movies like Saw I II & III!, Hostel, The Hills Have Eyes, Silence of the Lambs, Pulp Fiction etc and simply shrug it off as “entertainment”, as “fun”, as “interesting”. Why do we crave these things? I am not even speaking about the fringes of society. I am speaking about mainstream!

I am going to pick on the movie Saw for a minute to make my point because it is the most recent movie with a huge following even in mainstream America. Heck, they made three of them! Someone has to be buying! A reviewer from the web site PluggedInOnline expresses what I am trying to say perfectly:

“In all honesty, Saw’s perverse pictures weren’t the most disturbing things I saw while reviewing it. It was disconcerting enough to sit in a theater full of mothers with their 8-year-old boys in tow and groups of 12-year-old girls chaperoned by solitary adults. It was nearly intolerable to witness them—kids and adults—applauding when a man onscreen got his brains bashed in. And laughing when Lawrence sobbed helplessly on the cell phone while his wife and daughter struggled at gunpoint with their kidnapper. So in the end, Saw may say even more about the people who see it than it does about the people who created it.” http://www.pluggedinonline.com/movies/movies/a0001950.cfm

It’s as if Jigsaw (the sadistic character of the movie) himself were behind the lens and is, as he puts it, “testing the fabric of human nature.” http://www.pluggedinonline.com/movies/movies/a0002397.cfm

One movie made for little more than $1 million earned at least $55 million in the U.S. and another $47 million overseas! Folks, this is one movie out of thousands.

America, As Jesus put it, “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.”

Like Movies, many video games; which give us the ability to take things a step further and participate, glorify murder, evil, and evil lifestyles. Games like Resident Evil, Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Scarface: The World Is Yours & 50 Cent Bulletproof just to name a few. I didn’t even get into the games glorifying war. Ouch, was that your toe my brother? Many Christians have no problem buying these games for themselves and their children!

I don’t even have time to get into music lyrics and internet pornography. The basest of human existence is within the reach of any person who wants it. I bet most of you could come up with all kinds of examples. Isn’t that sad? All of these things form this big nasty stew that is poisioning the minds of our generation. When will we stop ingesting this stuff?

If we are outraged by the VT masacre, one of the best things we can do is not continue to support the violence, murder, and perversity by the things we choose to entertain ourselves with. As long as there are enough consumers, the marketers will continue to churn out the products. And all of these things, when acted out, look much like Cho Seung Hui. May God give us the strongest possible conviction to be a part of the solution and not the problem.

JL

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