Dear Hollywood…

Dear Hollywood…

I grew up a few miles from you. This was a source of delight to me, but now I am ashamed. Your mini-series “Jesus,” (which aired May 14th and 17th 1999) was highly promoted, leading me to believe that you were going to do something good for our Teacher. Shame on me for believing that good could come from evil.

Jesus Himself had taught:

Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit. Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things (Matt 12:33–35).

Often you dish out to perversion America, so how can you give an accurate picture of holiness? You are evil, so you cannot speak good things about the Lord of lords.

After only 5 or 10 minutes into the movie when you showed a nude Mary Magdalene, I knew that things were not going to go good. Then you showed Jesus flirting with Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, and that Jesus and this Mary were interested in getting married. When you showed Jesus shouting at God the Father, demanding that He raise Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, from the dead I was more than disgusted. Finally when you showed Jesus as being unsure of who He was, and what His purpose was on earth, I had enough, and quit watching.

Many other inaccuracies showed that you did not do one of the simple things Jesus encouraged people to do. If you had done this thing, you would have known of the blasphemous picture you painted of Jesus Christ. What was that one thing? When people came to Him with erroneous ideas, He would respond as He did in the following:

But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did…? (Matt 12:3).

Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath day…? (Matt 12:5).

And he answered and said, Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning …? (Matt 19:4).

and said unto him, Hearest thou what these are saying? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea: did ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise? (Matt 21:16).

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected…? (Matt 21:42).

But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God…? (Matt 22:31).

Hollywood, I wonder the same thing about you. Have you not read the New Testament? When you make movies about other historical characters, do you not read history books to get an accurate picture? Or have you perverted the stories about other historical figures also?

Therefore, Hollywood, would you do us a favor and read the Bible, especially the New Testament, and you will see the truth about Jesus of Nazareth? You might be surprised to see the great errors which you have proclaimed to the world. If you do not repent, your punishment will be severe.

Paul described you well when he said:

To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled (Titus 1:15).

Therefore, it is impossible for you to view Jesus with a pure mind. You want Him to be like the other characters you present on the television screen. “Woe to you, [Hollywood], hypocrites! for ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within [you] are full from extortion and excess (self-indulgence, NKJV]. Thou blind [Hollywood], cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside thereof may become clean also” (Matt 23:25, 26).

Would you please listen to one of your own? Ken Wales, former vice president at Disney studios and veteran producer of more than twenty feature films, before the corporate offices of MCA/Universal when 25,000 protested the movie, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” said:

As a member of this industry I wish that there were hundreds of stars and writers and directors standing here with me. I suppose they are out protesting toxic waste! Let me tell you, there is toxic waste in other areas besides our rivers. That happens in the pollution of our minds, our souls, and our spirits!

Therefore, Hollywood, would you make a decision, as Jesus Himself would say to you: “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit” (Matt 12:33). What is your fruit, Hollywood?

Your former and embarrassed neighbor,

Don Ruhl

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