Saturday, February 3, 2001

Another Temptation

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)


I don't know whether we're living in the "last days" or not, but shows like Fox's "Temptation Island" certainly lead me to believe we're not that far away.

Fox first raised my ire about a year ago with "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" They brought together a man and woman in "holy" matrimony, after the groom whittled out the rest of the competition through the course of a two-hour episode. Now they're back, and worse than ever with "Temptation Island." The concept this time is to shamelessly try to ruin the relationship of four couples, all for the love of high ratings and the almighty $. Unfortunately, Fox is getting just that. The show continues to rake in high ratings every week, and will probably continue to as the "grand" finale approaches.

As shows like "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" and "Temptation Island" become the norm on our television screens, the moral fabric of our society will continue to erode, and people will increasingly become: lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power.

The apostle Paul warned: "Have nothing to do them." Be on guard, or you and I could easily become one of those people.