October 8, 2005
I Just Don't Get It...
Poor little Katie is knocked up with freakazoid's baby. Jennifer Garner is having Ben's love child. What is up with Hollywood's blatant backwards-ness?

I realize, of course, that Hollywood has never been the bastion of the moral right. However, today's celebrities seem to have veered way, WAY left. When did people decide that it's perfectly acceptable to get pregnant and THEN get married... or maybe even not get married at all?

Obviously, mistakes happen. My own family has been touched by this several times. But they were just that- mistakes, not the purposeful thwarting of social norms and religious responsibility. Will today's teenagers not bat an eye at baby- before- marriage, just like I don't bat an eye at ... well, something. Something that doesn't faze me but which horrifies my mother, whatever that would be...

I'm becoming more and more convinced that to raise a Godly child in today's society you have to be without celebrities and the media in your home, spewing lies and tawdriness at every turn. Not that I'm ready to take that step, mind you. I just think it is a good idea.
13 Comments:
Blogger Tony said...
Actually, you are right on the mark. Once you rid you home of this stuff it doesn't take long to get used to it. I have had to do this for my kids. The only time the television comes on in when we are playing a carefully chosen dvd or vhs. Your family is your responsibility and sometimes we have to make some hard choices.

Blogger Johnny said...
One definitely has to monitor the media and other influences or the children will be spiritually destroyed. Ten years ago, according to a major study just out, 12% of young ladies thought it was OK to have premarital sex. The percentage is now 73%. Presumably, based on statistics, half those girls came from Christian homes. It is disturbing.

Blogger Amber said...
Amen Slush. I feel your pain. And all my friends, or should I say acquaintances wonder why we don't watch Desperate housewives.....
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Blogger GeekBrit said...
You won't raise kids who can deal with this stuff if you hide them away from it. Instead, concentrate on building up their confidence in themselves - the courage to know what is right and stick with it despite peer pressure.

Although I'm not a christian, I attended three services at Saddleback church titled "Raising G-rated kids in an X-rated world" - I was trying to find details on their website, www.saddleback.com, but unfortunately to no avail. The youth pastor said some things about raising kids - and about relationships in general - that made a lot of sense to me.

If you write, I'm sure they'd make the CDs available to you - I recommend them.

Blogger The Phoenix said...
Lord only knows what they will name their love-child.

Blogger Rob said...
Maybe they should just do what the RIGHT people would do and abort the babies then protest outside a women's clinic. Mind your own business! Your are not a christian or else you wouldn't judge others.

Blogger SlushTurtle said...
Wow Rob, I think you have some issues....

Blogger Rob said...
I'm just sick of all you fake christians.

Blogger SlushTurtle said...
What is fake about trying to uphold the values I believe in in my own home? I know I fail in being the Christian I want to be, but at least I try.

I'm really sorry that you are so sickened by me.

Blogger Leonardo said...
Rob,
Their is a HUGE difference in judging people & judging their actions. God alone can judge people. Anyone can judge their actions. And, Slush & I completely abhor abortion! If their are people out there doing as you say, we hate that as much as you do.
Christians, fail as much if not more than anyone else. It is our belief that we have forgivness in our Savior Jesus Christ. We strive for perfection, but unfortunately we often fail.

Blogger lawyerchik said...
SlushTurtle & Leonardo: You're absolutely right on - as Christians, we are supposed to be able to judge rightly. We are supposed to know what is right and wrong, and we are supposed to call each other on it when we blow it.

But that's only half the responsibility. The rest is to work with each other at restoration, to come along side and walk with people until they're strong again. That's how the rest of the world is supposed to know we are Christians - by our love for each other.

No matter what anyone says, however, the Hollywood model is the wrong one. Just because a whole bunch of people are doing something doesn't make it right. And parents have the responsibility of teaching their children to follow God - teaching them what He says is right and how to live it.

Have a great day! :)

Blogger shay v. said...
I absolutely agree... I have a difficult time pulling myself away from "celebrity-dom" but the role that they play is large in young people's lives and they continually disappoint. Yeah, and Katie said she was going to "wait until marriage" but who really believes that she was "waiting" when she was with Chris Klein for 4 years or whatever and now? A baby out of wedlock? With a loony? Nice representation to young girls out there, Katie. I used to really like her and now... just another young girl disappointing us. Brittany, Katie, Christian Aquilerra, etc. Geesh, Mandy Moore is still the only "good girl" in Hollywood! How is my son supposed to look at girls in this world and take them seriously and respect them when they don't even respect themselves!?! Do you SEE what girls today wear? AHHH! Sorry... but you hit a sore spot with me! I guess we just have to raise them in Godly way and teach them the best we can...

BTW... my word verification is "dmbvasp"... doesn't that sound like an insult?? =)

Blogger Mel said...
I so agree with you about Hollywoods need to get pregnant and then get married. I guess I have a higher expectation for them... partly because they should know about birth control.. and partly because if they want a baby so bad they can put together quite a spectacular wedding in a months time.. and then they can procreate!!!
And yes, in general, I don't berate those for having kids out of wedlock... I mean my Mom was a couple months pg w/ me when she married my Dad.
But geez... these people are indirect rold models!!