Culture’s Bipolar View of Violence

The Reformed Reader

 Our culture has a bipolar view of violence.  On the one hand, we are completely against it.  The media is constantly pointing out all the violence in our culture: rape, shootings, homicides, etc.  Our culture is always speaking against these things and the media highlights them as bad news.

On the other hand, our culture doesn’t mind violence.  Hollywood puts out movies and TV shows full of shootings, rape, and homicides  – and we watch them for entertainment (often paying money to do so).  Video games are produced where the main goal is to shoot and kill as many people as possible – and we buy these games and play them for hours.  We finish a movie or video game like this and we think, “That was cool and entertaining.”  Our culture has a bipolar view of violence: we condemn it and enjoy it.

Scripture, however, isn’t bipolar when it…

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