The Arts, Farts and a Good Start

Posted: Jan 14, 2006 9:05 AM
I appreciate the many conservative watchdog groups that alert us whenever a fresh stool drops from Hollywood’s left-of-liberal backside and floats to the top of society’s turd bowl. Sorry for the excremental lingo. . . . I just couldn’t find any other suitable language to express my stance towards the stuff that’s been oozing from LA lately.

In addition, I welcome their spotlighting the writers, actors, producers, purveyors, underwriters and advocates of Tinseltown’s tripe. It helps those of us who don’t have the time or desire to find out and to keep up with what those overpaid and over-praised, preening morons are saying against that which traditional Americans hold dear.

Such groups as Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center keep us continually briefed on Hollywood’s anti-American and anti-sanity systematic thrashing of the beliefs and ideals that millions of Americans treasure. I don’t know about you, but when I hear one my favorite actors completely rail against the moral values and the grand political underpinnings of our great land, I find myself in a bind. It’s a tad bit tough to enjoy their craft after hearing their crap.

It’s been pretty obvious lately that the movies which Hollywood has churned out have been nothing more than two-hour long infomercials for liberal propaganda performed by actors that look and act a little better than Ron Popeil.

Now, having gotten some of that load off my chest my . . . what are we, the conservatives, doing about it? Are we content just to sit back and blather about how bad movies, TV and the music industry has become—or are we out there being busy bees creating that which is excellent and entertaining and will cause the masses to take their hard earned cash and plop it down to see and hear what we’re doing?

If conservatives are going to change the soiled and now soured diaper on our nation’s collective bottom, then we must get into the game with some killer tunes, scripts and talent and light this country up—or we’re doomed to watch gay cowboy movies and listen to gangsta rap. Yeech.

Furthermore, what is the main anti-hollywood noise machine, i.e., the Church, doing about the stuff spilling forth from TV and radio? Is the church’s answer the Left Behind movie? I watched 10 minutes of that mess before I shot my TV. It was horrid. Nothing like trying to beat something with nothing, Church.

Which leads me to ask the church the tough question of why haven’t we championed serious involvement in the arts by our congregants versus just hissing from the lattices of our stained glass windows? I have actually heard pastors condemn those who wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood and in the music industry. I can’t think of a more needy place for serious and excellent Christian involvement than the arts.

Yeah, Christians have abandoned and eternally vilified a place of ridiculously powerful influence.

At this moment in American history, I’m hard pressed to find a focal point more in need of our missionary budget than the entertainment industry.

America is ripe for intelligent and creative Christian artists to effectively infiltrate it. Given the huge influence pop culture has on all of us, the internal rot our nation is undergoing in its character, virtue and faith and the dicey 21st century environment we have thanks to Al Qaeda, we must try to influence the realm that has the maximum impact on this nation.

The call to impact the entertainment industry is just as valid as the call to go to the mission field or to be a pastor, and any minister who tells you artists any different is dead wrong. He might be a nice moron, I mean person, but he’s an off-base nice person nonetheless, God bless him.

Look, Church, impacting our nation doesn’t just entail passing out gospel tracts, throwing up a pre-fab metal building, buying 16 tambourines, preaching outdated, boring sermons to a self-marginalized people group while picketing and protesting things we hate. There is greatness to Christ’s great commission that takes the Christian, motivated by love, out of the four walls of our churches to the institutions and industries that influence our nation—and the entertainment industry figures immensely into that call.

Historically, Christianity had a huge impact on Western society. Not just in a ministerial sense through the Church or politically through our government, but artistically upon our culture. Believe or not, the Church communicated a Christian worldview; it mainstreamed character, faith and virtue, and not just through the primacy of preaching or through lobbying and legislation. How? Through the powerful impact of the artist’s brush, the writer’s pen and the poet’s verse.

So, my conservative and/or Christian reader: picket, protest and boycott whatever and whomever in Hollywood who you think needs an economical smoke signal alerting them to the fact that you think they suck. However, at the same time, get on the offense. Sharpen your skills, you artists. Put down your clove cigarette and your frappachino. Get off your butt, quit playing with and preaching to the converted, and go get dirty in the real world where there is a real impact to be made and true rewards to be had.

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