The Moment of Truth

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

I am the way, the truth, and the life.  John 14:6

and then in a search for the word truth in the Bible, I met with page after page of references where Jesus began his sentences with “I tell you the truth” – NIV.

Tonight is the premiere of a new game show on Fox called “The Moment of Truth“. The promos are very unsettling to me. Contestants have been given a polygraph prior to the show. They are then called upon to answer 21 questions in front of family, friends and coworkers. If they make it through the 21 questions, they get to take home a prize of $500,000. But at what cost? These questions aren’t things like “do you like pizza?”. They are more akin to “Do you think your marriage will last another 5 years?” The producers say they are not out to destroy anyone but think the show will “rock america”. An air of sadness washes over me as I have seen the commercials. It truly leaves me asking “What IS this world coming to?”

Jesus spoke truth to teach and build – this truth on the show leads down a slippery slope of destruction of mind, soul and spirit. I want my stepchild to know evil is in the world, but I don’t want her to become numb to the concept of cheating on spouses, internet porn, lying or cheating to get ahead. I don’t want to be subject to those thoughts either. It is time to say no to these outside influences. It is time for me to take a stand for my family and say enough is enough. I support the entertainment industry way too much. I own the movies, have seen the shows, have listened to the music. It weakens my relationship with God as I choose to continue to pollute a temple for our pure and holy Jesus Christ. How do I resolve or justify worshipping the Lord with the same lips that talk about violent television shows or that sing along to codependent amoral lyrics? Am I weakening the kingdom by not being the best warrior for Jesus that i can be.

There is definitely a Moment of Truth today. To decide whether to stand with the world or to stand with my Lord. In an odd sort of way I am thankful that this show has reared its ugly head. The line has been crossed the line has been drawn and I think I have finally found my voice.

Truth – what is truth – I love the lyrics of the Casting Crowns song –

Oh, what I would do
to have the kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant
with just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound
of a thousand warriors
shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out
my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
time and time again
“Boy you’ll never win,
you’ll never win.”

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
the voice of truth says “do not be afraid!”
and the voice of truth says “this is for my glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

This is the truth I am interested in.

   
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

Peace

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12 Responses to The Moment of Truth

  1. donna says:

    It is indeed a sad dimemna, the condition of what some refer to as the entertainment industry. It can be resolved, as you imply, by shutting it off and tuning into the truth, Jesus Enjoyed reading through some of your posts…will be back soon.

    blessings,
    donna

  2. holly says:

    more and more frequently our morals and values are accosted by the media’s ideas of ‘entertainment’. for some reason, on reading this post and your email, I was reminded of the 80’s movie ‘the running man’. I believe it was set in like 2020, and criminals have the choice of serving jail time or being hunted like animals by bounty hunters on a government television show. I realize it’s fictional, but scary nonetheless. especially when presented with more and more ‘modern’ entertainment.

    I saw the previews for the ‘moment of truth’ and it really bothered me. to think that anyone would actually participate in such a blatant contradiction of morals and values.

    I can remember my parents yammering on about how television has gotten worse than ever, and that was 20 years ago. even the local news is getting to be major purveyors of gore porn. I hate for tony to watch or hear the news, and I often mute it in the mornings when he’s getting ready for school. if only you could pick the good news from the crap (some days it’s as if I’m watching a live ‘national enquirer’).

    the casting crowns song that really sings to me is ‘what if his people prayed’ and my favorite verse is:

    What if the life that we pursue
    Came from a hunger for the truth
    What if the family turned to Jesus
    Stopped asking Oprah what to do

  3. Christy says:

    I choose to stand with Jesus!!!!

  4. writeathome says:

    Hi Ellen,

    I appreciate your honesty and soul searching in this post! When you talked about worshipping the Lord with the same lips that speak of violent television shows and amoral lyrics, I thought of these verses in James.

    Jam 3:10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.
    Jam 3:11 Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter?
    Jam 3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can a salt spring furnish fresh water.
    Jam 3:13 Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.

    Many years ago, before we were even married, my husband and I decided that we would never have a television in our home. I can honestly say that never once have I regretted that decision. We’ve never felt like we were missing anything or depriving our children by not having a television. Most people upon discovering that we don’t have a televsion respond positively and are supportive. You are right on about the difference between the truth that Jesus spoke and the so called “truth” being revealed on this show. May God help us to choose the truth that sets men free, which can only be found in His holy Word.

    Blessings to you and your family,

    Carol

  5. hermipowell says:

    “It is time for me to take a stand for my family and say enough is enough. I support the entertainment industry way too much. I own the movies, have seen the shows, have listened to the music. It weakens my relationship with God as I choose to continue to pollute a temple for our pure and holy Jesus Christ.”

    Once I carried our 27′ television out of the house to save our family from this. Then another family member gave us the same kind of TV later, so we never got fully rid of it. My husband loves TV, the kids follow suit a lot. I can monitor their watching and the other thing I plan to do is start having church at home with other families sometimes. Let God invade our home.

    The TV doesn’t weaken the Kingdom of God, but it does weaken our connection to it, I think.

    Peace.

  6. Shirley says:

    Good afternoon, Ellen, and thank you for this honest and open post.

    I choose to stand with Jesus, and every day I scrutinize my path to see just where He is. Like Carol, Jerry and I reared our family without television. We have never had one in our home. Our four children are grown now and have turned out well, I believe. Oh, they’re not perfect, but they’re upright citizens, not a drain on society, have never served time in prison, and all of them fervently serve the Lord. Two of my sons are pastors, the other owns a large business, and my only daughter is an unbelievably awesome mommy. I believe that not having the filth of tv in our home helped us as we guided them into adulthood. We have never regretted not having a tv, would make the same decision again, and will never have television in our home.

    Having said that though, I must say it was easier for Jerry and me than it is now. It was quite simple to say, “There will be no television in this home.” Today because of technological advances, virtually all of us have “television,” or will soon in the future. Not a separate box in our den, but incorporated into other devices. Indeed as we sit before our screens today, we are eyeball to eyeball with television programming, merely by pushing the right buttons. Going beyond that, the internet is exploding with the most vile of pornography–of the sort that has never been allowed on television. Even many cell phones can pick up television programs.

    So, we have come to the core issue–which is where it always is anyways–the condition of our hearts. God help us…help us to fear God…to check our ways…to walk softly and tenderly before Him.

    Bless you Ellen in your quest for holiness and righteousness. God hears you.

    Shirley Buxton
    http://www.shirleybuxton.wordpress.com

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  8. Jim Mayes says:

    Thank you for your post about Fox’s new tv game show called “The Moment Of Truth”. I watched the show last night and I agree that we all need to ask that question “What IS this world coming to?”

    I marvel at the new ways the entertainment industry continues to find to desensitize us towards immorality. What else will people be willing to do for “the money” and their “15 minutes” of infamy. What troubles me more, is that this TV show probably got great ratings for Fox and it’s adrevisers.

    Lets face it, immorality and ungodly behavior is very popular in this country. Why? Don’t get me started, I would be writing all day. I will say that before we all throw out our TV’s, DVD players and such, please remember there are still some good programs/movies that do glorify God.

    My pastor recently asked me and my wife if we wanted to see a movie she had in her collection. The movie is called “Time Changer” and it is directed by Rich Christiano. If you haven’t seen this movie, I suggest that you get a copy and watch it. It really touches on this very subject and it is extremely thought provoking and in my opinion it is a must-see for all Christians as well as non-believers.

    Well, thats all I got to say for now. I thank you for the post again and also your thoughtful comment on “Pastor Laura’s Weblog”. Let’s all press on and “Dare to be different”, and perhaps, someday the Word of God will be popular.

    Have a great and Godly day.

    Jim Mayes

  9. kikikaria says:

    Dear Ellen:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comments. I too appreciate your transparency. Like a few of those who commented on this post, my husband and I too opted when we married to not have a television in our home. We have been married almost 29 years, and we do not regret our decision. I think it’s one of the best we’ve made! I know that initially television was not invented for bad, but mankind and their sinful nature have taken it to the extreme in displaying ungodliness and other immoral programs that I’m sure would make our Lord weep as He did over Jerusalem. The eye-gate is a powerful means by which the enemy can cause us to be tempted to sin. And since television is not only audio but also visual, we felt it best not to have it. We raised our son without it. He is getting married this year, and has decided that he will not have one in his home either. I think we have more quality time together without it. May God bless you in your desire to be holy and walk closer to Him!

    Karen

  10. kikikaria says:

    Ellen:

    I just remembered a poem that i was given by a friend when I was in my 20’s concerning the TV. I thought I would share it with you.
    Love,
    karen

    THE 23RD CHANNEL
    The TV set is my shepherd. My spiritual growth shall want. It makes me to sit down and do nothing in my spare time. It keeps me from doing my duty as a Christian, because it presents so many good shows that I must see.
    It restores my knowledge of the things of the world and keeps me from the study of God’s Word. It leads me in the paths of failing to attend the worship services, and do nothing in the kingdom of God.
    Yea, though I live to be a hundred, I shall keep on viewing my TV as long as it will work, for it is my closest companion. Its sounds and its pictures, they comfort me.
    It presents entertainment before me, and keeps me from doing important things with my family. It fills my head with ideas that differ from those in the Word of God.
    Surely no good thing will come of my life because my TV offers me no good time to do the will of God; thus will I dwell in my place on the sofa for ever and ever.
    Author unknown.

  11. David says:

    I teach a bible study every Sunday morning, and am always listening to what the teens are watching, this week the television show “The Moment of Truth” was brought up. My mental response was the same as what most have written here, but my evangelistic response was “how can I use this show to bring them to Jesus” So the following week I played several of the questions from the show and based my class on “Judgment day”. You can definitely claim that what these people are putting themselves thought for money is crazy, but will we be put through any less scrutiny to get into Heaven. Watching the teens start to realize that God will not need a lie detector to truly know their heart. Something like this show are not comfortable to us as Christians, but if you are not a Christian then starting in the Bible may not work, sometimes we need to go to ware they are and bring them to the bible.

  12. Young Adult age 22 says:

    I recently ran into this show via YouTube and I ran into an episode where a woman admitted to having feelings for another man. She admitted to having sex with another man and her poor husband looked so hurt. The thoughts that raced through his head during that moment must have been horrible empty and sad, and for her I bet she was empty and cold inside. On top of that she lost the game, won no money, and ruined her marriage. Does Jesus Christ hate ALL of us? I’m raised in a Christian home but I have no idea where this world is headed, we rather watch football, go to expensive concerts, go on vacations, desire what others have and commit financial suicide by cheating and getting divorces. I used to work for JP Morgan Bank and it was a traumatizing experience, having to call people on Sundays to collect on their late credit card bills. I dreaded working on Sundays because it’s the day everybody goes to church and spends the day with the Lord, and there I was working instead of being able to go to church, well I had to put food on the table somehow… one day these God less companies will go out of business because of all the evil they do. I hope all banks get shut down and that one day people are all free from this bank run slavery. I feel that I have to warn CHRISTIANS MUST BUY GOLD FOR EACH OTHER AND SHARE IT AMONGST EACH OTHER. As Christians why have we allowed ourselves to not use gold in our daily transactions? Gold is the money that existed in Bible times and same with silver, but our governments and our banks have forced us to use paper currencies that only make us suffer, ARE CHRISTIANS ALLOWED TO SHARE GOLD WITH EACH OTHER? I believe theres a line in the bible that goes along the lines of “it is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than allow a rich man to enter the gates of heaven” Christians prepare NOW, because the rich will be hoarding all the gold away for themselves and will allow the economies to collapse while they enjoy the luxuries of life. BUT CHRIST CAN CHANGE THIS!!! I PRAY. My dream is that Jesus Christ gives each and every single human being on this world 5 grams of gold. (this is possible but all the rich people hoard it for themselves)

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