Since the early days of the cinema, there has been a constant watch on the film industry’s encroachment and destruction of the Moral Fiber of American culture.  America has been from the beginning, a Christian nation.  Regardless of former President Barrack Obama’s insistence that “America is no longer a Christian Nation”.  That statement struck me more as wishful thinking on his part but the truth is, there are still many Americans who regard themselves as ‘sanctified’.  They are on constant watch for blatant violations of the ‘good of the nation’ statements and/or scenes in movies and videos. 

Back in 1939 David O. Selznick, the producer of the movie, Gone With The Wind, had a difficult time getting the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures to pass the scene where Clark Gable, as Rhett Butler, used profanity.  In the final scene of the movie, Scarlett O’Hara asks Rhett, “What shall I do, where shall I go” and Butler replied, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”.  That last word took some wheeling and dealing by the movie’s promoters to get it past the review board.  And still, back in those days a lot of people refused to see the movie because it has ‘cussing’ in it.  That is how strict the public used to be, at least in the South where I am familiar with the people.  Folks in the South, at least in days past, would not compromise with such things as that movie’s language.  They would boycott such promotions without hesitation.

According to Wikipedia, “The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, 14 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George B. McClellan Jr.’s revocation of a moving-picture licenses.  Mayor McClellan believed that the new medium (motion pictures) degraded the morals of the community.  From 1916 into the 1950s thousands of motion pictures carried the legend “Passed by the National Board of Review” in their main titles.” 

When I was a boy I enjoyed watching those old black and white “cowboy pictures” that starred Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry and a whole host of others.  I remember seeing at the beginning of those old movies the scroll with the comment that ‘this film was passed by The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures’.  To me at the time, that meant that there would be no cussing or lewd scenes in that movie.  I never thought about gross or gory scenes but looking back, when a bad guy got shot, there was no ‘blood ‘n guts’ scenes shown.  That was just the standard.

My pastor has a saying that makes a lot of sense to me, “Familiarity breeds acceptance”.  He means that the more you watch such filth the more you come to accept it as normal and therefore, your moral compass becomes broken to the point that you will now accept things that used to make you uncomfortable.  I have said for decades now that America has lost its ability to blush.  We have become hardened by sin on the movie screen.  When I was a kid I might ask my Daddy if I could go do thus ‘n such…and he would say, “no”!  I countered with, “well, everybody is doing it”, to which he replied, “well if everybody jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff too?”  His point was that just because the majority of people were doing a thing did not make it right.  Over the years so much filth has crept into the movies to the point that now Clark Gable’s ‘cuss word’ is a comparatively innocent by-word and very commonplace and accepted in our society.  The language, sex and violence in today’s movies is so repulsive and corrupt but it is passed by the Movie Rating System just by placing a letter as a warning only. Trash is accepted now without objection and attempts to hide or cover it are totally removed. 

For instance, this morning I was browsing on Twitter and ran across gross pornography video scenes with some of the most horrible sex acts being performed right on your screen, before you can stop it.  You don’t have a warning, it just pops up on your screen unannounced.  It is sickening and just pure filth!  How can Twitter show such things with absolutely no regard to the objections of moral, Christian people?  How can they just display such gross vulgarity without it being screened and scrutinized by some National Review Board of some sort?  It ought to be a violation of public law and civil authority to promote such filth for the eyes of  ANYONE who can pick up a cell phone and open the contents.  How can they show such trash without any warning or blocking to stop youth or other innocents?

As I said above, we have lost our national ability to blush or even to feel guilty when we become a part of such filth in movies and music. The morality of Hollywood is now the morality of mainstream America.  Movies, music and even video games have become the Devil’s tool for changing America’s mores and conscience.  Contrarywise, our consciences have been seared by the daily and constant bombardment of sex, demonic activity, violence and all manner of filthy viewing.

I used to pray with most other Christians for a revival to sweep across America and restore her to her former glory and innocence.  I believe now that America has gone too far into the gutter to be revived.  I don’t see any appetite for righteousness in America, not even in the Churches.  The world has lured so many church-goers with the glitz and glitter of Hollywood and it’s poison fruit.  My prayer for a long time now has been, “come quickly Lord Jesus”.  No, I don’t see revival in America, I see judgment.  With our propensity towards protecting and promoting Sodomites, homosexuality and sexual deviance plus our craving desire to abort our infants before they have a chance at life.  The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States declares a promotion of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Those words have been sacred to every Freedom loving American.  But instead of promoting Life, we are promoting a culture of Death through infanticide and euthanasia.  Its hard to believe that politicians and feminists are partying over the fact that they can kill a baby AFTER it is birthed.  Killing a newborn and calling it abortion is nothing less than murder, any way you slice it.

In closing, let me say that we need to turn back to the Lord at this dark time in our nation’s history.  I am ashamed to call myself an American anymore.  I am still patriotic to the standards set forth by our founding fathers, but I also believe that today’s politicians are ignoring and changing the very documents of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in our bleeding country.  God Help America!