Netflix Does Not Care About Your Sanctification


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by John Ellis

A couple of days ago, a friend mentioned how he had watched (started to watch) a movie from his childhood with his kids. “I forgot what was in it,” he confessed. “It was terrible!”

That started a brief conversation about how the MPAA ratings system works and how in the mid-eighties Tipper Gore helped change the content in movies. This may seem counter-intuitive to many people, but the movies of the seventies and the early eighties were generally much filthier and contained more nudity and explicit sexuality than the movies released from the mid-eighties until recently.

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American Privilege and Living On One Dollar a Day

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by John Ellis

In 2012, President Obama, after uttering the words, “you didn’t build that” in a campaign speech, found himself in a conservative built maelstrom. Conservative talking heads condemned the President for rewriting the history of America’s self-made man into that of socialist ideology that despises hard-working men and women[1]. I definitely don’t agree with President Obama on everything, and I’m not sure that I completely agree with his overall message that July day in 2012, but whatever disagreements I have with the President’s speech that day pale in comparison to the disagreements I have with the Conservative backlash. You see, while the President and I may disagree on how best to apply the truth of his statement, I agree with his statement. Before I explain why and what my point is in what is supposed to be a movie/documentary review, here’s a longer transcript that provides some further rhetorical context to “you didn’t build that.” –

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me—because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t—look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own… If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

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