Can anything really good come out of Hollywood?

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 27, 2008

By Harold Keller

Can anything good come out of Hollywood?  

The entertainment industry is one of the root causes of the decline in our country’s morals.  The movie stars who grab most of the headlines are those who abuse drugs, commit adultery, marry three or four times, and act as God doesn’t exist.  

Rarely do we see a celebrity take a stand for what is right and defend the principles on which America was built.  It’s almost impossible to go to a movie which is not rated R.  Even some PG rating movies are not good for our children.

Am I old-fashioned like most teenagers would think?  Yes, and I wish my grandchildren could turn back the time and enjoy the types of movies that came out of Hollywood when I was young boy.

My motivation for writing this article came after reading the following prayer written by Dale Evans, wife of Roy Rogers:

Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers) loved Jesus with all her heart and made sure folks in Hollywood knew it.  Here’s one of her prayers:

“Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself, that I’m growing older, and will someday be old.  Keep me from getting too talkative; particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.  Deliver me from the need to try and straighten out everybody’s affairs.  Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.  I ask for grace to listen to the tales of others’ pains; but seal my lips when it comes to my own aches and pains, for they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them gets sweeter as the years go by.  I ask not for improved memory, but for a growing humility and less cocksureness, especially when my memory seems to clash with the memory of others. Teach me that occasionally I may be mistaken.  Keep me reasonably sweet.  I don’t necessarily want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with.  But a sour old woman (or man) is one of the crowning works of the devil.  Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.  With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it; but Thou knowest Lord, I want a few friends at the end.  So give me, I pray, the ability to see blessings in unexpected trials and goodness in less-than-perfect people.  And give me the grace to tell them so, in Christ’s name, amen.”

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