Saturday, January 10, 2009

Am I being too hard on people?

I don't know about you, but it bugs me when celebrities voice their political views. If there is an actor/actress that I really enjoy watching in films or on TV, and then I hear them speaking out against the President or against Christian values, then I no longer have the desire to be entertained by them. So, am I being too hard on them? I mean, they are entitled to their opinions just as I am entitled to mine. I'm sure I might have said some things to people in the past that changed their opinion of me either good or bad. The latest celebrity turn-off for me is Anne Hathaway. She is in a few movies that the I really enjoy, especially Ella Enchanted. But now that she has openly shared her disgust with Rick Warren praying at the inauguration, I just want to brush her off. Not that Rick Warren is a close personal friend of mine. It's more the principle of having a Christian PRAY at the inauguration. Then there are the AFA alerts that I receive. The latest one being that Campbell's soup has decided "not to remain neutral" on the homosexual agenda. I don't agree with homosexuality, but homosexuals gotta eat, too, right? I don't know. How far do we take these things? I want to stand up for what is right, but then again I don't want to sweat the small stuff, you know? Maybe I'm reading too much into it all in the first place.

9 comments:

Terry said...

I'm not opposed to boycotts, but if I were to boycott every company for being against my values, what would I eat? It's difficult to pick our battles. Would it really make a difference to boycott certain items? Sometimes it would. Martin Luther King did it well in Montgomery. At other times, it could be counterproductive. The company does not give in, and our side looks completely impotent and irrelevant. I am willing to boycott if the cause is worthy and if it could make a difference, but the organizers need to do a good job of convincing me of both.

Potpourri of Praise said...

I have to agree with Terry. Our family has chosen to boycott certain companies in the past, and in one case recently, the company did reverse its stance. So, we felt like it did make a difference. But, in many cases, if the effort is not well organized, it is unlikely to do any good and brings 'shame' to our cause. As far as movie stars taking political sides, it is disappointing when they do so (and their values don't agree with ours), and I also get frustrated. And, at times, I choose to no longer support them or their ventures. But, it is a personal decision, and I usually am careful about who I share that with as I am not trying to start a fight/argument with fellow believers.

Anonymous said...

The Lord says that if you are not for me then you are against me and therefore are an enemy of God. So you are right to be turned off by someone who openly stands up as an enemy of God. Now we are to pray for our enemies but I agree it would be hard for me to enjoy a movie knowing that the main character is in real life an enemy of God. I can't separate that in my mind and I wouldn't be able to enjoy the film anyway.
As far as boycotting businesses such that support homosexuality. I will not buy anything from such a business. Unless they change their way. If I give them any money knowing that their profit goes toward creating an acceptance of what God calls an abomination, His words not mine, then I am knowingly contributing to the same cause and He could turn His face away from me. I don't want to have anything between me and God. His daily presence is more to me than anything in the world.
Dwight

katdish said...

First of all, I'm totally bummed that she said that, cuz I really like that movie. I suppose I would have to say, it depends. The Shawshank Redemption and the Hudsucker Proxy were two of my all-time favorite movies, and I can still watch them and put aside Robbins political rantings. I cannot say the same for Tom Cruise, mostly because I always found him to be a bit on the whiny side anyway, and his over-inflated ego has always been a bit of a turn off.

What I find more offensive than big mouthed celebrities that think anyone really cares about their political views are these so called Prosperity/Health and Wealth/Name it and Claim it preachers who defile the Word of God and lead countless people astray. But don't EVEN get me started...

Christy said...

While I appreciate what Dwight (my husband, by the way) said, I still have to wonder how far things like this should be taken. You see, I'm an all or nothing kind of person, so if I'm going to not purchase items because of the company's stand on an issue such as homosexuality, then I need to become more self sufficient. Why? Because I'm sure if I were to investigate EVERY company I purchase items from, there will be things that are anti-God. So, is this where "ignorance is bliss"? If I'm not aware of their associations, political views and moral or immoral choices, then it's OK to give them my money? If an actor is an atheist but doesn't share this with the rest of us, it's OK to be entertained by him/her? I just don't know where to draw the line, or if it should even be drawn when it comes to things like country music, rock music, clothing, auto makers, cosmetics, VIDEO GAMES, restaurants - every aspect of our living. We would have to become Amish in order to avoid things that are not of God! I for one, am not ready to plow the fields and slaughter my own chickens, go without electricity and running water. Did I make my point any clearer? Am I totally off base here? I understand that we should follow our convictions. I just wonder how consistent we are with them. Obviously, I'm not consistent enough or I wouldn't be having these questions and doubts. Of course, I think it was easier for our ancestors to stand firm in their convictions. Modern technology has certainly spoiled man and brought in a whole different avenue for temptation than was previously known. I certainly hope that I haven't come across as harsh or judgemental to anyone. I'm only trying to vocalize my thoughts.

Pam said...

I agree with you about the celebraties. I think to many of them use their status to try to influence others on how to think. I hate that!
Sorry it took me so long to respond. My daughter has been very sick, leaving little time to blog.
My daughter made the b&w& green picture on photoshop. I can't do things like that!

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

I'm with you. Like the first commentor said, you can't boycott every company. But it's different to buy food from a company than to spend two hours watching a person you can't stand. I go to movies to be entertained, and those people compromise their job by being loud mouths. As a pastor, I can't be a loud mouth about everything I'd like to be, because people who may disagree would have a harder time listening to me. My desired to be a loudmouth has to be subservient to my duty to be a pastor. Their jobs as entertainers has to be higher than their desire to shoot their mouths off, or they risk alienating their fans. That's tough, but that's the way it is!

Lamarr said...

I have to say that I've had to turn off the AFA alerts; I really felt like I was duped one time with one of their 'action alerts'. When I looked into the issue, it was something I didn't have a problem with - sometimes they send just as much propaganda as any other secular outfit trying to make their cause sound worse than it is... Unfortunately I don't remember the particular issue, but for instance, 'supporting the homosexual agenda' may be that they are just doing what they can to make everyone comfortable working together (ok by me) or helping support legal issues for homosexuals in such things as being able to be named as 'next of kin' - a grey area, but something I don't have a problem with, or it may be supporting legislation to make homosexual marriage legal - which I would have a problem with. I'm just saying, you really can't take at face value anything anyone says. (Honestly, it's the same with God's word - you need to make sure that you're reading, quoting or hearing in the context that God is giving it to you, not how someone else might be twisting it)

Christy said...

Great comments, everyeone, thanks for joining in the conversation.