In the eyes of the typical young American, Jovan Belcher had it all. He was a professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, a god-like status in modern American society that can open many doors. He had clawed his way through high school and college football to make the million-to-one cut to the starting lineup of an NFL team, having played in 10 games this season.
He had tons of money and could pretty much satisfy his every whim. He could buy any gadget the pop culture dangled before him. He had a pretty young girlfriend and a three-month-old baby girl. But on December 1, Belcher took a handgun and brutally murdered the mother of his baby, shooting her nine times, then committed suicide in front of his general manager and head coach in the parking lot of the football god stadium. Everyone expressed bewilderment. He had it all. Why would he do such a thing?
There are media reports of a partying, alcohol, drugs, a lot of pent up anger, the girlfriend threatening to leave. What we do know is that there is no real satisfaction, no real life in the Western pop culture. I can’t speak to the exact details of Belcher’s life, but I do know the pop culture, and it can only lead to spiritual and moral destruction. It’s all about me, and that is a recipe for the destruction of all stable relationships and institutions. It can produce adrenaline highs and short-lived emotional euphoria and feed human lusts, but it cannot satisfy, and the lusts only grow in intensity and perversity. As Ecclesiastes says, the eyes of man are never satisfied. The pop culture can’t produce real satisfaction and real life, because it is all a lie. It says that you can live life apart from God and His holy laws and everything will turn out fine (of course, it doesn't hurt to have some sort of pop Jesus in your life, as a non-judgmental super-Buddy, to salve your conscience and help you through the rough spots).
The pop culture says you can mess around with liquor and drugs and be a party animal and fill your mind with weird music and violent movies. You can flaunt holy matrimony and have babies out of wedlock and sleep around and mess with any moral perversion that suits your fancy, and it will be alright, because the cool pop philosophers who create the music and design the technology say it is so. But it’s all such a vain and terrible lie. A combination of social welfare and the pop culture has destroyed the black communities, and it is very, very sad.
I’m so glad that the Lord had mercy on me when I was 23 years old and sent the old gospel to me yet again (I had grown up in church and rejected it in my teenage years) and drew me to repentance and faith and a life-changing, supernatural conversion experience. Even by 23 I was already well on the way to oblivion, being addicted to drugs and alcohol and other aspects of a very destructive lifestyle. It is only because God delivered me from the pop culture and gave me real life in Jesus Christ that I have been able to maintain moral, economic, marital, and ministry stability and a good testimony for forty good years. It is the grace of God in Christ.
(Friday Church News Notes, December 14, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)