Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I appreciate that support, guys!
And, just like a preacher in a pulpit, a few chimes of AMEN spurs him on to MORE!!
We are visually oriented. Studies show that one can remember visual images much easier than we can remember verbal descriptions. What we see and what we hear have a definite impact on how we think.
I remember going to a Drive In theater something over thirty years ago, and watching a rather senseless movie staring James Taylor (the singer) named Vanishing Point. It was all weird things and wild public road car races that really didn't have much of a point at all. The nude gal on the motorcycle riding through the desert was kinda cool - - but I digress. One audience member was obviously effected by this movie VERY strongly. We left the theater and entered I-74 along with most of the rest of the audience. At that time of night, the drive in audience accounted for MOST of the traffic right then. Suddenly, one of the cars swerved off the road, across the shoulder, and up onto those big sloped grassy areas that border the interstate in some places, raced along for several blocks there PASSING TRAFFIC, then swerved back down the slope, across the shoulder, and merged back into traffic. It was just like a scene from the movie!
Television may be responsible for doubling our crime rate in the United States, according to a study reported in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. An analysis of crime statistics both before and after TV was introduced in several communities was made. Those comparisons showed that prolonged exposure to violence on TV has increased the number of murders in the U.S. by 10,000 each year. TV was a "causal factor" in about 70,000 rapes and 700,000 injurious assaults annually.
I am not opposed to either movies or TV - but I have discovered something surprising. When I got laid off, we stopped our TV subscription and we found we don’t miss it nearly as much as we expected to!
The Word of God does not speak against TV or movies, but it does tell us to avoid evil:
Exodus 23:2 (GW);
Never follow a crowd in doing wrong. When you testify in court, don't side with the majority to pervert justice.
Micah 6:12 (KJV);
"For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth."
May God bless you, guys -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.