” . . . By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.”
Revelation 18: 23

” . . . all because of the wanton lust of a harlot,
alluring, the mistress of sorceries,
who enslaved nations by her prostitution
and peoples by her witchcraft.”
Nahum 3: 4

Are you afraid of plots by the elite, to brainwash you?  Plots like the Blue Beam Project?  Afraid you might be a target for a microchip in your brain?  Perhaps these plots serve best to inflate our fears and direct our attentions elsewhere.  While we are worrying about the horrifying, and the extreme, do we even notice that what we fear has already subtly crept into our reality, in the form of something small and harmless?

Watching TV

We have all been bewitched.  Whether we realize it or not, we live in an alternate reality.  Our opinions, our values, our emotions, our desires, and our dreams have all been carefully crafted and fed to us.  It has been done so effectively that we would all vehemently deny it!  Yet, how many of us have not watched movies, listened to the radio, played video games, or watched television for several hours a day . . . nearly every day . . . of every year . . . of almost our entire life?

The voices all blend into one.  We repeatedly get the same messages, albeit from different vantage points, through the eyes of different characters, in the context of different situations.  Bit by bit we are molded and shaped.

It is no mistake that our culture has descended into an abyss of perversion, corruption, greed and violence.  If you follow the short history of television, you will see that the time line of our societal decay is enveloped in the same time frame.  It is beyond argument that the substance of television programming has undergone the same degeneration as our morals.

It is argued that art mirrors reality, but in the case of this form of ‘art’, I would beg to differ.  Our culture has closely followed our entertainment media, right down the drain.  There may be a speck of truth to the argument–yes, someone, somewhere may have done what is portrayed, but after it becomes ‘art’  many people feel tempted and emboldened to do it themselves.  And for every one that does it many others, who don’t, feel an empathy with those who do.

How many of those who are terrified, at the thought of the ‘elite’ coming up with a way to brainwash the masses, are still tuning in to their favorite shows, night after night?

Sure, we know the difference between truth and fiction, fantasy and reality–or do we?  Not everything we experience is filtered by our conscious and logic.  Our subconscious absorbs far more than we are aware of, and treats it all as though it were real.

Great swells of emotion-stirring music accompany us as we vicariously experience what the character is living.  The strong emotions it evinces serve to further embed the message and anchor it in our memories.  By the end of a three hour movie, our hearts are full of anger and vengeance–or lust and temptation–fodder to chew on later, as memories of the movie rise to the surface of our consciousness from time to time.  Those pictures and feelings we just can’t get out of our mind . . . and with them, the emotion inspired justifications for things that we knew were wrong, just a few  hours earlier.

Prerecorded applause and laughter punctuate the storyline at the appropriate times while we watch situational comedies.  The story lines are designed to stretch our tolerance as the envelope of decency and morality is pushed farther and farther.  The laughter and clapping follow jokes that are increasingly coarse and deviant, and give us the illusion of being surrounded by others who are all in agreement.  No one wants to stand alone, so we push our objections aside and laugh too.

In this fantasy world, we are one with the crowd.  Christian or not, we can set our morals aside and pretend we really live in this alternate reality–a world without God, without rules, without judgment, without remorse, where we determine what is right and wrong.  And of course, later, we’ll come back to the real world.  But, like an agent too deep undercover, eventually we don’t.  Eventually this pleasurable world, where we spend so much time, supplants reality.  Eventually its tentacles have wrapped so firmly around our heart and mind that we cannot free ourselves–indeed, we can’t even discern that we have become thoroughly ensnared.

Surely Jesus saw our day, when he explained that we would be judged by the content of our hearts.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’  But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5: 27-28

I would argue that we are judged for how we respond to fantasy as well as for how we respond in real life.  Because–it is our heart that will be judged, not merely our actions.

Consider the rest of the passage:

“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5: 29-30

What you feed your mind eventually becomes a part of you.  I grew up in the television age and I can see the change in myself, over the years, from continuing to partake of ‘American entertainment’, even as a Christian.  Now, after more than six months of not watching television, it is easier to observe how it works, when I do see it.

” . . . By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.”
Revelation 18: 23

Don’t think you’re being brainwashed?  Too proud to believe that you are being molded and shaped?  Don’t think it could happen to you?  It probably already has.  Your denial serves to confirm it.

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