My sons and I watched The Maze Runner a few weeks back and there was one phrase quoted over and over in the movie that disturbed me: Wicked is good. Now the real word for wicked stood for something else (not sure what it was as the movie was clear as mud, but that’s another blog); however, sublimely this phrase rang in our ears over and over as we watched this movie.
What I find interesting is that our culture is saying the same phrase over and over, just not in the same way. For example, when we watch T.V. shows today, we see hearty approval given to sexual immorality of every kind. We see violence becoming the appetite of the viewers. We want to see the person who’s been hurt seek revenge vs. seek forgiveness. Hey, let’s face it, we are all tempted to feed our flesh. Christian or not Christian, we all have a sinful nature that want’s it’s appetite satisfied; and it’s this that Hollywood counts on. Isn’t it true that culture’s demands are Hollywood’s curriculum? If it’s not twisted, gross, evil, confrontational, and sexual, most people won’t watch the shows. Very few watch what is wholesome. Wholesome typically gets canceled.
If we are saturating ourselves with the world’s appetite, we will start to believe that wicked is good. We will adopt it’s practices. We will excuse the sin. We will commit the sin. You see, sin starts in the mind, not the action. As we excuse the actions of others (even in T.V. shows), we will begin to ponder, “Maybe it’s not so bad. Maybe it’s okay.” Then we will think, meditate, and ponder on these wicked acts until we have decided to give ourselves over to them (even just a little). Before you know it, we are practicing the very thing we hate. Satan is subtle in his temptations. Hollywood is his pawn, and they serve him well. They crouch at our door waiting to devour you and me. And they just might succeed if we don’t wisen up to the devil’s schemes and flick him off by the truth.
Wicked is NOT good. It’s evil. It’s destiny is death. The one thing that The Maze Runner got right is that wicked wants death. It’s main threshold to work from is fear. Fear, death, wickedness, and deceptions were quite loud in the movie. And all that comes from the devil, who wants you and me to believe that wicked is good. Yes, it’s just a movie, but sadly, the more we watch and saturate ourselves with culture’s appetite and Hollywood’s curriculum, the more likely we will adopt it’s values.
Overcome the wicked in this world and journey the road less traveled, but more blessed – the road of scripture, truth, goodness, grace and all things that bring your soul peace. The real reason people in our world are on an anxious track is because of what they saturate themselves with. The maze of anxiety is what most are running through, and the beast they encounter is not a large mechanical spider, it’s the very sin within that draws them to wickedness. Kill the monster within by letting the Light of Jesus in every day, every hour, every moment, every second.
The Word of God is your sword! Use it!
I must repeat myself, wicked is evil and God is good. Don’t get lost in the world’s maze of wickedness by believing the subliminal lies of culture. Instead…
“Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
“Do not be anxious about anything…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…And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9).