Shortly after 9/11 the question was question was asked “Why do they hate us?” It was a question few wanted to take the time to answer, and justifiably so: These people were out to kill us. However, looking into that question a few years later yields some interesting thoughts about the current state of America and where we are going.
The Bible has a great quote that I think applies to what is going on in the world today and with the world’s relationship with America. “Man looketh upon the outward appearance, but God looketh at the heart.” In terms of America and the rest of the world, think about what the rest of the world knows and sees of America and the value systems of these places.
Mortimer Zuckerman in an Editorial for U.S. News and World Report gets it pretty much right. The world sees of America, more than anything else, our entertainment exported. It was shortly after we had libertated Afghanistan that reports came that the country didn’t like us showing Britney Spears and other pop tarts like them because of how much skin they exposed. The press in the U.S. poked fun at them when they wanted to dress Barbie in a burka.
One has to remember that, to some degree, religion is much more engrained in the daily life over there, and being a religious people what we have become tolerant over here, or what Hollywood believes needs to be done to make a buck over here, is really offensive over there. This entertainment, instead of centering around wholesome values, now centers around sex, violence, and the desire to be #1. And that’s what they interpret all Americans to be like because that’s what they see of us.
A.W. Tozer said that we can tell what kind of person we are by what we do when we’re not obligated to do anything else. Our entertainment– or what we choose to be entertained with– paints a more accurate picture of who we are than we want to admit. If it didn’t entertain us, Hollywood wouldn’t be making it (for the most part).
We could go a long way to inspiring the world if we would clean up our lives and our entertainment.