What Have We Become?

After finishing “Stranger Things Season 2,” which was fun, family friendly, and just plain great writing, my husband and I were looking for a new series to watch on Netflix. Gotta love December, when the days are short and the evenings are long.

There has to be something good with all these new shows, we figured. So we gave Amazon’s “Mr. Robot” a try. I enjoyed it until the third episode had a scene that was so disgusting I couldn’t turn it off fast enough. And there it was. I couldn’t “unsee” what I had seen. The image was seared in my brain.

Next.

This time we triedUntitled design (8) “MindHunter” on Netflix. Within the first ten minutes, a man stripped naked and blew his own head off with a shotgun. I squirmed in my seat as the image of the blown off head stuck like chewing gum in my mind. Why is it when we see something gross and disturbing we can’t stop thinking about it?

I tried to keep watching and had to fast forward during a sex scene, which twenty years ago, would have been called porn. It doesn’t shock us anymore, we see it everywhere. The last straw was toward the end when the FBI agents and a cop were describing a crime scene. It was more than just dead bodies—it was sexualized. It was vile. It was over the top.

My older daughter watches “Game of Thrones” with her friends. We don’t have HBO, so I checked it out on IMDb. Here is what the parent guide said:

Nudity and brief sex acts are frequent throughout the entire series. Scenes of topless women, bare buttocks are regular occurrences in almost every episode throughout the entire series. Male and female full frontal nudity while not as common as topless women occurs often. Examples include: implied oral sex, numerous sex scenes within brothels, sex involving multiple people, prostitutes’ bare breasts, people fighting over sex, and people bathing naked.

Awesome.

Sounds like a great thing for my teenager to be watching. Like the rating TV-MA means anything at all. We’ll produce a show that contains porn, slap a TV-MA rating on it, and call ourselves socially responsible. It’s bull! And we all know it.

I can almost hear Satan laughing about some of these shows as if to say, They don’t even know this is from me. They have no idea that I am poisoning their minds. Satan is having his way with us and our kids. We’ve been had.

My youngest daughter, who is fifteen, likes to watch movies in the evenings with us while she is doing homework. She is like sunshine and unicorns, happy and innocent. We love that she hangs out with us. But what we have to do to find movies that we can watch with her is exhausting. And anything we do watch I have to be on guard with the remote in hand, ready to fast forward.

It is exhausting sifting through the garbage.

Hearing of Matt Lauer’s firing from NBC last week was shocking. Sexual misconduct? No way, I thought. I remember watching him on the Today show when I shared a house with four roommates shortly after college. He seemed like the boy next door.

When I heard about the accusations against Bill Cosby for sexual misconduct several years ago, I was heartbroken. He was such a great role model in the 80s and 90s. And now, almost every week we hear about a new sexual harassment case against someone in Hollywood, the government, or on the news.

The thought hit me, Why are we surprised? 

Do we not live in an extremely sexually charged and perverted culture? Are there any sexual ideals or morals that we have not flushed down the toilet? It seems that anything goes these days.

We have so thoroughly screwed up sex in our society that sometimes I feel totally helpless as a parent. Is it possible to raise kids who wait to have sex until marriage? And if they actually do wait, is there any chance of them finding spouses someday that have waited? It’s almost an absurd thought.

I am fed up! I am over it! What our country has been reduced to in the name of sexual prowess is pathetic. Can we not control ourselves? Can we get any farther from God’s design?

But what do we do? Move to Alaska? Build a wall and a moat around our homes and get rid of electricity? Is that the only choice we have?

Lots of questions. Few answers.

The bottom line is, I am outraged. We all should be. We are Sodom and Gomorrah all over again. Have we not evolved past that? It would seem not. We have been reduced to behaving like animals.

Shame on us.

 

6 thoughts on “What Have We Become?

  1. Betsey Schrock

    I cannot believe how RIGHT ON you are! It is REFRESHING to hear your words, knowing that there are at least a FEW people out there who are still “prudes,” or “ultra-conservative,” – those words that are spoken by unGodly, liberal people with contempt, pity, laughter or many other attitudes. Those liberal people do not believe in God or Christ and therefore they do not believe in any STANDARDS for behavior, thought, or word. There IS no standard; it’s all up to you and, heaven-forbid we judge anyone who may HAVE a standard that, of course, comes from our God and Christ. Isn’t it all “tolerance,” and “do what makes sense to you”? I just hope and pray that someday there will be an awakening and these people will actually “see the light,” believe and repent. It can’t come soon enough for me!

    And should I tell you how I really feel??!! (LOL

    1. I appreciate your passion, Betsey. I think this is a frustration a lot of us share. Liberal or conservative, we have all created this mess. And the more we can bring it out into the light and have a conversation, the more likely we are to find a solution. The glorious thing is, God isn’t shocked or surprised by any of this like we are. He has known the hearts of men from the beginning, it’s all over scripture. And He is still on His throne, calm, gentle, and loving. What an awesome God we serve!

  2. Rosalie Hetzner

    I could not possibly agree more! Yet, if we voice our concerns we are considered alarmist. Well. . . I for one am more than alarmed. I cannot imagine raising my kids in this environment , and I knew we were headed in the wrong direction when raising my own children, and way before I became Christian! God gave us a moral code so we would recognize Hiim as our Creator. There is no excuse for this mess we are in. Only our trust in Jesus, our Savior will save us.

    1. Amen! It’s amazing how in need of a Savior we are! The closer I walk with Christ, the more depraved I realize we are as human beings. We can stray so far from who God made us to be. But, praise Jesus, we have hope! We have been saved and reconciled to our Creator, God, through the precious blood of the lamb. This life is but a breath compared to the wonderful glory waiting for us in heaven.

  3. Jan Braun

    Great article, Kim! Good job! Tough questions. How can we make a difference? How does one person or one family correct it all? Do Emily and Jess read these articles? Hope so. Mom

    1. Thanks, mom! They don’t read my blog posts, but they do get it directly from me. One family, or one person can’t fix it all. But I think, having the conversation is a good place to start.

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