A friend posted the following on his status on Facebook:
Me, behave? Seriously? As a child I saw Tarzan & Jane almost naked, Cinderella arrived home after midnight, Pinocchio told lies, Aladdin was a thief, Batman drove over 200 MPH, Snow White lived in a house with 7 men, Popeye smoked a pipe and had tattoos, Pac Man ran around to digital music while eating pills that enhanced his performance, and Shaggy and Scooby were mystery solving hippies that always had the munchies.The fault is not mine!
I couldn’t help but agree. The things we watch growing up as kids really shocks me when I think about it. I know that on one level, our parents were thinking that it wasn’t really all that bad, but when you look deeper into some of these shows… well, you get the idea.
But we must not make the mistake of thinking that these shows are the cause of our problems in our fallen culture. I think that we tend to put our finger on something substantial that will helps us identify why culture is so rotten. Back a number of years ago, I knew a man who put the blame on the Beatles and their song, Hold Your Hand. Even more say it goes back to the moment the Supreme Court pulled the Ten Commandments out of our schools, and banned prayer in school. While those moments are big symptoms, they are still just symptoms of a greater problem.
These shows we watched growing up, and today, are merely the symptom of the problem, after all, while I really loved watching Tarzan movies and his ability to avert war with a single word, “Ungawaa!” I have to admit that the show was always better when Jane appeared. Even as a boy, I couldn’t help but admire Jane’s finely crafted physique.
The problem was the shows, but the sin that has spread to us by another naked couple. Yup, Adam and Eve. They are the culprits to societies ills. If we want to point a finger, and I don’t recommend that we do, that is where we point. The reason we should not point to Adam and Eve, or Tarzan and Jane, is because given the chance, we would fall into sin just as they did. This is the frailty of the human heart. We all sin because we are all sinners.
Even if we were in the Garden of Eden, given the opportunity to stand sinless as Adam did, we would still fall. Therefore we cannot claim any righteousness based upon our own imaginations. We are the problem, not society or alcohol, or no-fault divorce, etc. We might lament our lack or response to a falling culture, but only if it is a proper response.
No, passing more laws will not change a thing, nor will changing the education system, or electing the right men and women to office. The key always comes back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only when we share the gospel with Tarzan and Jane, and the Spirit moves in them, showing them their sinfulness and need for Christ, that we can make any headway on couple’s dress code. When men and women trust and Christ, are born again, and made new creations, this is when we begin to see a need to live according to God’s standards and not our own. It is when redeemed men and women live as redeemed men and women that we begin to see culture changed for the better because those in the culture are no longer living for themselves, but living for the LORD and His standards of righteousness.
Yes, the temptation is to point the finger to some event in history as the problem. But that only works if we go back to the very first sin in history. Other wise, we might as well swing from the trees with the ape men.