Ran across this in my notes from a few years ago. Wisdom never ages:
Jeremiah 8:11-12 (NIV)
They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
“Peace, peace,” they say,
when there is no peace.
Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when they are punished,
says the LORD.
Jeremiah (or the Lord, rather) says that the evil preach “peace, peace” when there is no peace. Why is this? I thought of all the Hollywood stars who live such corrupt lives and yet preach peace like it were the answer to everything and most important and must be obtained even at the cost of freedom (the Israelites asked for a king, you know). The are against all war, no matter how justified. They assume all people will be good and act properly no matter what temptations are presented to them. In fact, they say there is no evil, just misunderstandings. I think this is their way of justifying their bad examples, both in their personal lives and the roles they play on screen. They are practicing a kind of self-deciet. Jeremiah states that Israel doesn’t even blush at their sins. That certainly describes Hollywood. By denying evil or sin in the world they deny their own sin’s existence and vise versa: They deny, or won’t recognize sin in themselves and therefore cannot see it in the world. Except to blame. They may admit doing wrong on the surface (not in their hearts) but will blame it on external forces out of their control (bad parents, the media, fame, etc.). These are people who won’t own up to their own failings and yet we take their critiques on world or national affairs seriously. They would lead us to destruction eventually. We’ll all be sitting around fornicating while the Babylonians are at the gate.
Of course no one is clean of sin. But if we own up to our shortcomings in our hearts (both now and what we’ve done in the past) we can regain credibility. Always look at people’s personal lives when taking advice. How they live taints or contributes to their larger views. The personally moral politician may make an occasional mistake in judgement, but you can trust his views will more accurately conform to reality and therefore work for real peace.
A movie star who thinks the word “sin” is “cute” is denying the ultimate source of real evil (within ourselves) and is always groping for blaming explanations. Often this twists into blaming the very institutions and people who have the more realistic views and are doing the best at safeguarding the true peace of the world. Most Hollywood types will blame their parents for their problems (and sometimes they have a good point) and then transfer that blame to any other authority figure or institution as soon as they might begin to realize their own accountability for their own actions. (Their bad parents were authority figures and so therefore all authority figures are bad, get it?)