Hollywood is in deep trouble.
Years ago people used to say to me that it really didn’t matter what folks in Hollywood said or did. No one says that to me anymore.
Those of us who are old enough to have witnessed and who fully understand the pivotal role that Hollywood plays in American culture know all too well that Hollywood has completely lost its way.
Over the past few decades there has been an intellectual, social, and moral slide in which Hollywood has actively engaged. The result has been more corrosive on our society than anyone could ever have imagined.
The good news is that we have reached the tipping point, and it has arrived in the form of a movie. The film is called "Habit," and it is a sinister work that attacks the God of our Founding, the Lord of our ancestors, and the holy one of the ages.
In this blasphemous production, God is a woman.
This alone is enough to offend many people of faith. But the religious-minded among us have found ourselves in this position many times in the past, times in which we merely suffered the affront, chalked it up to free expression and artistic license, politely rising above it.
In this heinous production, God is not only a woman, but a promiscuous one.
In the tradition of many religious people, promiscuity is a failing, albeit a common one not unlike myriad other stumbles, but nevertheless a serious failing on the part of the individual. Needless to say, when people of faith stumble, they seek forgiveness from the author of perfection who always was, is, and will be unblemished.
In this distorted production, God is a female who is attracted to multiple other women.
For people who adhere to the scriptural content of the Old Testament as well as those who embrace both the Old and the New, the divine designer created man and woman, and sexual attraction is specifically an innate desire that rests within earthly beings.
In this sacrilegious production, God is a drug dealer.
Here again, believers hold fast to the truth that the God of our fathers is sinless. To imply otherwise takes his holy name in vain and is a grave offense against him and against those who worship and adore him.
And so it is that everyone who is still watching what Hollywood is providing as entertainment for us, in all of its various forms, gets to pick a side.
"Habit" stands as a virtual line in the sand. We are either for its release or against it.
We are either willing to tell any company that would facilitate the circulation of this egregious product that we will no longer consume any of its entertainment fare or we fold and give them yet another pass. And we either stand for God or turn our backs.
God’s nature and His identity as God-made-flesh are central tenets of the deeply held beliefs of more than two billion religious people around the globe. Hopefully in this tipping point, God’s side of the scale will be the one that prevails.
Several organizations now seek the film’s cancellation.
Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide and the Christian Film & Television Commission (CFTC), recently told The Christian Post that "Habit" crosses a line "that should not be crossed." The Movieguide site is promoting a petition by the CFTC on CitizenGo.org, which as of this writing has more than 210,000 signatures from people who hope to stop this movie in its ugly tracks.
Another petition, which was started by OneMillionMoms.com, a division of the American Family Association, has been signed by almost 70,000 people.
"Habit" does not yet have a release date or distribution deal. However, with the entertainment industry’s track record, it's likely that those who have invested substantial sums of money in the production of the film will move forward in some fashion with its release.
We need to say a prayer for Hollywood and for our culture.
In the meantime, we need to keep a watchful eye on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and other platforms. In this digital era, films go straight to home theaters.
That’s where God’s side has to be willing to be a cancel culture all its own.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read James Hirsen's Reports — More Here.
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