Wednesday, September 28, 2011

America and Illicit Industry

Just found this quote on a Yahoo! article, a comment made by LeAnn Rimes' husband Eddie Cibrian, a star in the new t.v. show "The Playboy Club":
"When we come on to the set, we get transformed into this world that we're trying to bring to America, to kind of give a glimpse of what it was inside this Playboy Club. So it's fun," he said.*
I have no hate for Mr. Cebrian.  Perhaps it is because I have been out of America, and seen the ugliness of illicit industries such as pornography, but this statement saddens me greatly.  Is this the voice of America: to make pornography a bigger part of our world?  An actor's words are heard and seen by untold numbers of people.  Is he speaking for America?  He is not speaking for me.

But if I turn on my t.v. and watch this show, I am supporting not only the show, but the actor, the director, the writers, the network, and the message.  I cannot knowingly support such.  Not when I've seen young children and women who are thrust in the middle of sex slavery, heard their terror stories, and seen the devastation it's causet them.  It's unthinkable.

Have you ever seen the movie "Taken"?  What happens in this movie is real.  This happens to hundreds of thousands of females every day all over the world.  Most of them end up in America.  We're already in a bad spot.  Why make it worse?

Because this world is fueled by the intentions of a fallen angel.  And the allure of fame, fortune, and power are too much for some to walk away from.

So what can I do?  I can not watch the show.  I can post this blog.  I can explain to people why I won't watch the show if it comes up in conversation.  Most importantly, I can pray to combat the root issue: the intentions of that fallen angel. And I can rest in the promise that the One who speaks through me is even greater than the one who is using Mr. Cibrian.

And knowing that you, as a reader, may have no interest in the ethical dilemma this presents, look at the economical.  Hypothetically, say you indirectly participate by watching this show.  You pay the salary of the director and all other entertainment participants, you pay for the ideas from the pimps, you pay for the abuse to the enslaved, you pay for their voyage to America.  Then, you pay for their healthcare, their housing, their potential drug usage (as many are forcefully addicted by the traffickers), their recovery, their usage of public facilities, and, very quickly, their death costs.  You lose money overall, because you think you're only paying for a cable bill or an internet bill now, when you are the one who foots the bill for their cost of living eventually.

"...every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.... You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them."    I John 4:3a,4-5

*See the full Yahoo! article here: Eddie Cibrian Defends LeAnn Rimes: She 'Eats More Than I Do Sometimes'


  1. SO TRUE! We think watching is no big deal, but it is! By staring at a screen, we passively support these things...

  2. So true, Crystal, and how easy it is to forget the multiplied effects of this type of thing. Thanks for the reminder to keep our eyes on Jesus and not forget to lift up these things in prayer!