Joker … Inciting Violence?

The movie has already received rave reviews … even creating some Oscar buzz. It digs into the background of the prince of villains. It explores the mind of a character played by some of Hollywood’s elite.

But it has already come with a warning … this movie may inspire violence in a society already plagued with anger and division.

I know all too well we live in broken world. That humanity struggles with a sin nature that leans to the dark and often runs from the light. And I know that bitterness and anger has taken root in many people’s hearts.

The truth is … God knows the real you, and still loves you. And only through Him will you find the best you.

So where do we draw the line? When do we ask industries to ‘fess up’ and be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Hollywood blames the White House, the White House blames the media, the media blames the other side (whatever the other side is to that media outlet), and none ever really take responsibility.

I appreciate art and the stories that are told. I love movies.

So where do we draw the line? What role does parents have in protecting and guarding against unwanted influence?

This is not an expression of censorship, or blame, or justifying any of my actions. It is just pondering of a man with muddy shoes. We all get them.

Maybe the story of the Joker would have taken a different path if someone had shared the hope grace, and love of God with him? Maybe not an Oscar contending movie, but it would be better … it would be an eternity impacting story.

Maybe if we pushed in the other way, madness would be brought back from the ledge

Maybe …

Maybe today, I can be part of the solution. Maybe today, I can show love and reach out to others. Maybe today, I can respond with love when someone lashes out. Maybe today, I can be a help to one that is hurting – be a partner to one in pain – be a blessing to one who feels broken.

Maybe today, you can do that too.

Maybe today.

Then tomorrow … it would be a better.

Side note … happy anniversary to Abbey Road … 50 years ago today, the last Beatles album was released.





One response to “Joker … Inciting Violence?”

  1. Dad4Gracie Avatar

    Your “Maybe Today” sentences are very powerful. Maybe we don’t realize how powerful out small actions can be when motivated by and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We look at a mega-million dollar movie and think, “What can I do against that message and the heavy advertisement?” But we have to believe, I think, that we are collectively as the Body Of Christ able to make a difference, and a bigger difference too, through the power of the Holy Spirit in our words and actions. Thanks for this reminder!


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