The entertainment industry these days keeps presenting us with “heroes” who are not heroic.
“Good guys” who cuss and swear all over the place, whose evident ambition is to have sex with every attractive woman in sight, who think getting even is the right thing to do, are not good. God, who is a good god, tells us to forgive, not take revenge. People who lie, cheat, and steal are evil people.
Being a popular woman, even in the real world, does not make you good, either.
Getting noticed on the internet can be quite a challenge. I have had a site up for weeks and have only 11 recorded hits. (www.geocities.com/righthappy)
On the other hand, according to Dogpile.com, the most popular searches for people are Anna Nichole Smith, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton. Each of them have a lot of sites that mention them, some 428 million altogether.
Yahoo.com yielded the following: Anna Nicole Smith (103,000,000 hits), Britney Spears (140,000,000 hits), and Paris Hilton (185,000,000 hits). Other than the fact that Britney Spears has her music and she sings well, I cannot see how any of these women have done anything to deserve so much attention. If you put in all three of their names at once, the number falls to 8,100,000. Anyone tired of hearing about them?
On the other hand I once heard, “Everyone can be made to serve a good purpose, if only as a bad example.” Anna Nichole Smith’s life does serve as an excellent example of a life devoted to self-indulgence, and the kind of end that it can come to. Because the cause of her death has not yet been released (March 12, 2007, 6:12 pm Mountain Daylight Time). I cannot yet comment upon that. All that can be said is, that it was a bad one, and her death was premature. When you add to all that, the fights over her baby and her body, it all makes a rather sad and sordid story.
The conclusion, however, is basic: fame cannot make you happy, nor can it make you good. If it could make you happy, she would not have used so many drugs, etc. to numb out the pain in her life.
On the other hand, Paris Hilton is only notable for being just as dumb as the rest of us, if not a little bit dumber, and she seems very willing to do anything for money, or to further her career.
Britney Spears seems to be going in the same direction. At least you read a lot about her and Paris together.
These women are far from heroic, yet they are all over the news.
Because the liberal media establishment runs them, it is entirely possible that Hollywood and television have no idea what it means to be good,
On the other hand, it is possible that they are trying to sell the rest of us on their life style. If you wonder what I mean, it is the lifestyle of Smith, Hilton, and Spears. Those who live like the devil want others to be like them; they do not want to encounter a higher standard. Could it be that they have a political agenda as well?
As a Christian man, I am familiar with that higher standard. While I do not claim perfection myself, I am working to become more like Jesus every day. That does not mean, by the way, that I am unaware of practical situations and practical solutions for them. To feed hungry people, you must have food, for example, and it must be paid for. That food can be provided by God’s miracle, or by the generosity of regular people, or by a government program. The least efficient of these is, of course, a government program.
The kind of hero I envision would be a man or woman who prays regularly, who reads his or her Bible as a normal thing, and tries to do what Jesus would do, but knows that he or she will fall short sometimes. To be heroic they would not turn their backs on trouble, but would be willing to take it on and deal with it, as best they can. They would be something like a cross between Charles Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie) and John Wayne, at least for the male characters.
The motto of these heroes should be, “Give them another chance,” or, “Turn the other cheek.” In other words, they should practice forgiveness. Forgiveness, by the way, is not weakness, nor does it give the forgiven the chance to hurt you in quite the same way again. Good guys, in other words, should have true moral strength; they should not have to get even.
On the other hand, when they need to, they should not be afraid to act. They should act to defend their family, their country, help their friends, and defend their faith in appropriate ways. Their actions should always be tempered with mercy. That does not mean playing stupid. You do not turn your back on evil, so it can nail you. God, after all, gives wisdom and prudence, as well as telling us to take care of our own.
Everything they do should glorify God, or they should apologize for it, repent, and try to do better. Those, to me, are good guys. Four historical examples are: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ronald Reagan. (I am writing here of what these men really were, not the liberal’s version of them and what they did.)
Good guys should exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (according to the Bible) and truly be good guys.
Glory to God in the highest!
Glory to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.