ROSE COLORED GLASSES
Solomon gave us Proverbs so we could chose the wisdom of God over that of the world. Our last studies compared the wisdom of God to the wisdom of the world of the Titanic and that of our modern world. Our modern movie view of the Titanic reveals how new age views have tainted our ideals and vision. We fall in love with “romantic” ideals that actually offend God. Hollywood provides the rose colored glasses.
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Real instruction brings prosperity and honor, so why wouldn’t we love getting good directions? But some people can’t take any difference of opinion or suggestions without getting angry or even violent. Clever roads to victory often require a fresh approach and taking offense only prevents you from finding better solutions. Anger rejects wisdom and alienates your real friends. This study may anger some too.
2 A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
Whether we like it or not God is a real factor in our life. The supernatural is superior to the natural and God is your only hope for success. When you insist on inventing your own devices to profit you are fighting against an irresistible force. God will stop evil or selfish devices and it will come as a painful surprise. Hollywood has been inviting us to love evil for decades. Our nature is willing to follow the flesh and reject God. There is an unhappy end to those schemes.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
No amount of planning will make an evil plan work. There is an unseen judge who has observed the works of darkness and has reserved salvation for the righteous. We will see this theme repeated in the Proverbs as it is hard for a stubborn sinner to learn. It is also hard to be righteous without faith in that God. If you want to stand in the time of judgment follow wisdom.
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
A faithful woman is a treasure for life and beyond. Eternity is their home in a good union. An unfaithful woman destroys a good man’s faith and hope for that union in eternity. She is a burden that prevents his hope of having a godly union. This is also a fair message to Christians who are supposed to be the bride of Christ. To wander away from the Bible is to fail as a believer and the partner of Yeshua Ha Meschia, our bridegroom. To accept false gods and false teachers is as adultry, being unfaithful to your Lord. Examine your doctrine and behavior by the scripture. Some virgins will be found without oil in their lamps. Our movie character Rose seems willing to reject the old morality of the bible.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
If we are to pray and read the bible, we are also to have godly counselors. Jesus taught us to pray to the Father, and he is the Word, the bible lives in us. Those who are filled with the Spirit of God are the only righteous counselors. Prayer, Bible study, and Christian guides are the persons of our fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. If you seek advice from non-believers who are not guided by God’s Spirit, you will be mislead. Those who are openly evil are a sure source of destructive ideas and deception. Hollywood likes to present revenge and lust as if it is the right way to live. Their Jack and Rose would lead us away from God.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
How many times do we read in the news about corrupt officials and criminals who lay traps for the naive? Even the police may shoot without cause, and lawyers lay traps that convict the innocent. A defense witness may provide the protection of the innocent if they are righteous and free of that corruption. The only source of righteousness in the salvation of Jesus Christ. We are not strong enough to always do good without his help. Do we follow God or popular music and movies? Oh the character “Cal” was a great villian but the Hollywood producers were serving the real villan.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
I have previously stated that righteous souls went up when the Titanic went down. Our Titanic movie lets Rose survive her tragic romance and live a life of adventure. At the end of her life she has the opportunity to revisit the Titanic. Now the bad people who oppressed her are all buried in the sea at that point. But she pines for the bad boy of her dreams who also shares that watery grave. Nothing joins her to the righteousness of God, and she may be a bit depressed here.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
The bible stands opposed to suicide as a sin but Rose is ready to go at this point. She has no connection to godly wisdom, but the romantic notion of Hollywood suggests a path to happiness in this. If our modern world offers a range of liberal freedoms and much of it is perverted indeed. The acceptance of suicide may be the worst of these. I am willing to despise the film artists who are so perverted as to promote suicide.
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Now the poor passengers of the lower decks of the Titanic had friends and the support of others. Some of the upper level pretended to be important while no amount of wealth could actually make them important. And even wealth was a lie for some who clung to claims of nobility and little else. What God considers to be treasure is of a different realm. In a real world Jack and Rose would be separated from the righteousness of God and would have neither wealth nor godly friends. Rebels don’t make righteous neighbors. Rose is about to reject and rebel against God.
Now cruelty to animals is offensive and seems to not fit here? We all know that bad people hurt animals and that is wrong. But evil people do hurt animals, and we expect them to be punished. Is it not worse to be cruel to our families and the people we are with? So Hollywood is teaching us to ignore the pain of family members and give them the gift of your dead body. Worse, it leaves a lesson that your children might consider suicide as well. How many bloody bodies are given to families because of these lessons? This movie lesson says that my living family is not important, and I will punish them because I am full of self pity. This says that God is not faithful and my family should not trust him either. This steals faith and leads friends and family away from God, our one real hope. Now our world is being punished for these evil lessons. And Rose would be among those who are sinking to an unexpected surprise, even if it takes a few years.