From 1992 to 1999, Melrose Place aired on Fox. This popular television series gave a glimpse of the elite living in Hollywood, California under the guise of Melrose Place. Since I was in my last year of college at the time of this show’s debut, I never followed it, catching a scene or two while channel surfing before it’s departure 8 years later. Looking back at an episode from season 6 that I recently watched, it’s clear that America has become a byproduct of it’s environment.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—Romans 5:12.
One of the draws to dramas like Melrose Place is that sex sells. At least this was the rationale for entertainment up until the sexual harassment scandals of 2017. Perhaps, Hollywood will be forced to alter their content in the aftermaths of sexual misconduct by stars that were uncovered. Unfortunately, the damage has been done. Love has been confused with lust as actors and actresses jump from one sexual encounter to the next without any consideration of the soul.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do, Galatians 5:17.
Subsequently, broken relationships, failed marriages and sexual confusion has become the norm. Sleaze adult advertisements like Girls Gone Wild encouraged young girls entering college to engage in the acts of the sinful nature. In an attempt to capture elicit sexual content, alcohol was used to coerce drunk and naïve individuals into embarrassing acts, indulging their flesh. While good people still exist and have overcome the odds to remain holy and pure, the same can’t be said for a growing majority addicted to sin. I’m not sure what the future holds, but America has become a byproduct of our past environment. May God help us all to find deliverance!
by Jay Mankus