Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter
'If you inoculate someone, you try to make him immune to a disease by injecting a little dose of it.' *
If you inoculate someone with little doses of violence on TV, you make him immune to a violent lifestyle and possibly grow to like it. Regrettably, modern doses aren't small.
'An average American youth will witness 200,000 violent acts on television before age 18. Children's shows are particularly violent... Studies analyzing the content of popular cartoons noted that they contain 20 to 25 violent acts per hour, which is about six times as many as prime time programs.' **
Experts analyze the results.*** Children:
1) Become 'immune' or numb to the horror of violence.
2) Begin to accept violence as a way to solve problems.
3) Imitate the violence they observe on television.
4) Identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Perhaps the first media meister to mass-market violence to kids was a monster called Adolph Hitler:
'From the 1920s onwards, the Nazi Party targeted German youth as a special audience for its propaganda messages.' At first, his messaging seemed harmless, and his words were strangely exciting.****
Therein, don't be similarly fooled by films glamorizing violence. When media makes evil look good, children and society are harmed. Prayerfully consider all roles.
## Judgment: Glamorized Violence (Part 23)
* Definition of inoculate: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/inoculate
** Thorough Article: Violence in the Media and Entertainment by the American Association of Family Practice: http://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/violence-media.html
*** Short Article: TV Violence and Children by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Children-And-TV-Violence-013.aspx
**** Short articles: Nazi brainwashing started with Germany's youths: https://culteducation.com/brainwashing49.html; Indoctrinating Youth: https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007820
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.