Let’s Be Thankful (and Be Salt)
By David Outten, Production Editor
We live in trying times, but we have much to be thankful for today.
In December, 1942 America was plunged into a World War. Many thousands of young men didn’t come home. While we have troops overseas, even now the level of conflict is far less. We can be thankful we are not in a world war.
In much of the world, a modest American home would be considered a mansion.
The Americans who settled the West in their covered wagons could not go to a local grocery store like we can today.
We can travel at astounding speeds over great distances, communicate with family members from almost anywhere, and both heat and cool our homes with the click of a button.
Even James Cameron, the director of AVATAR, wouldn’t want to go live in a tree and hunt with a bow and arrow for his daily food. Without today’s astounding technology, there would have been no AVATAR.
But, more importantly than all the wonders of living in the 21st Century, we can be thankful that Jesus Christ is Lord. We can be thankful He died on a cross so that our sins could be forgiven. We can be thankful He rose again and sent the Holy Spirit to guide our lives. We can be thankful that hundreds of years of Christianity made possible the nation we live in.
While America appears headed in the wrong direction in many scary ways, we can be thankful that Jesus Christ offers us the opportunity to change that direction. We can still attend church on Sundays. We can still choose wholesome entertainment that builds us up over vile entertainment that drags us downward into the pit.
This year there have already been six animated movies aimed at families that have made much more than $100 million at the domestic box office. That’s three times more than just 10 years ago. Also, the two most popular movies of 2012, as well as 2010 and 2011, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, both had strong biblical, redemptive, morally uplifting, and even pro-capitalist content.
Of course, much still needs to be done to take America away from those who’ve been promoting lust, envy, revenge, violence, and vulgarity, but the opportunity still exists. We can thank God He’s called us to be the salt of the earth.
With God’s help, we can reduce unwed births. With God’s help, we can reduce divorce. With God’s help, we can improve the lives of millions of children. With God’s help, we can restore even more decency and purity to our society. With God’s help, we can bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Hollywood and redeem the values of the mass media.
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