Hollywood and the godless culture

Well, I fell for it. One of those creepy trending adds at the bottom of a site I was on. My rationalization? Oh, it’ll be good info for my religious ed students this fall, especially since I’m nervously anticipating going up with my class and teaching 7th graders this year. Good to stay literate with the culture.

The title intrigued me though anyone who knows me knows not to bother asking about Hollywood people, movies, popular TV shows or things of that nature…not much interest there. I know, I know, the church teaches we should love the culture and find ways to “engage” and “dialogue” and all that…but, I can’t help you with Hollywood and most modern entertainment; I wind up annoyed and preaching to the screen. Recently however, I’ve begun watching TCM classic movies. For the most part, I enjoy the “oldies” but afterwards I wind up googling the “stars” only to find out what heartbreaking downcast lives so many of them led. And I’m back where I started.

My sister’s favorite story to tell on the whole matter is that I’ve only seen the Oprah Winfrey show once…and it was 15 years ago when she and I were in the hospital room waiting for her labor to progress. She wanted to put the TV on and I said it’s your call– I’ll put on whatever you’d like and hush up. So, she requested Oprah Winfrey and I prayed for her water to break.

The caption that caught my attention was 29 celebrities who don’t believe in God .. and from their quotes it’s no surprise that what comes out of Hollywood reflects a godless culture. There’s Alan Cumming who says he can’t do the church thing. In fairness I know some Evangelicals and Catholics that say the same thing. There’s Hugh Laurie ( of Dr House fame I believe) confirming his atheism, and Julianne Moore who was asked what she’d want God to say to her upon her arrival at the pearly gates of Heaven. She responded with:

“Well, I guess you were wrong. I do exist.”

Better to get that settled before you get to the gates, dear.

Someone named John Malkovich says,

I believe in people, I believe in humans, I believe in a car, but I don’t believe something I can’t have absolutely no evidence of for millennia.

And on it goes with quotes from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and others. But the one that saddened me most was Kathryn Hepburn pictured in one of her classic poses with the caption,

“I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.”

Not good..because I know from my googling that she and Spencer Tracy had one of Hollywood’s legendary love affairs and he, a professed Catholic, remained married throughout even as Tracy determined to conceal the the 27 year relationship from his wife. According to Miss Hepburn, it was absolute bliss. They’ve both already had that encounter at the pearly gates Julianne Moore wonders about.

Is it any surprise then that with a culture obsessed with entertainment and the cult of Hollywood personality, willingly filling our minds with people who are blatant in their unbelief, who regard religion with fear and suspicion, are emphatic in their proclamation that;

It’s not enough to say that I don’t believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Koran, and I refute them,

—Emma Thompson

we look away from Planned Parenthood selling of baby body parts and cry a river over a lion named Cecil.




  1. Nancy
    Aug 4, 2015

    The saddest part is that Hollywood has such a HUGE influence on almost everyone. Thank you for another really good post.

    • Caroline
      Aug 4, 2015

      Nancy, I agree especially after the release of that movie “50 Shades of Gray”. I was surprised at how many people wrote it off as ‘harmless’ or no big deal. And after distributing it’s poison it went by the wayside until the next block buster shock release. +

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