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Friday, July 9, 2010

I LOVE CARTOONS, BUT...

                                                             
                                 Plankton & "The All Seeing Eye"

I'm the biggest lover of cartoons (Here I go again revealing more about myself with each blog post. LOL!) But, I am! I'll admit it. I'll also admit that I'm also a big kid as well. And, what is interesting about this admission is that people that know me or might know of me may have a different opinion when it comes to my prevailing personality. But I am. I do have a sense of humor and I'll like having fun. That being said, I really enjoy coming home from work and watching cartoons with my son (4) and my daughter (10 months). I enjoy spending most of my early Saturday mornings watching cartoons. Even before my two kids were born,  I was a lover of cartoons. In fact, some of my favorite cartoons were Looney Toons, Tiny Toon Adventures (Pinky & The Brain), Tom & Jerry, the Flintstones, just to name a few. I'm not sure what is the attraction? Maybe it is an escape from reality if nothing but for an hour or two, and you can get caught up in the fictional lives of these cartoon characters that many of us have come to love.

However, the cartoons that you and I use to love "Back in the Day" as we call it now, have changed completely. The cartoons that now populate televisions screens across the country have become more risque, more violent and more symbolic of even greater influences that we've alluded to in earlier posts and on our Youtube Channel PSTRNIMMONSTV (www.youtube.com/PSTRNIMMONS), particularly our "Sleeping With The Enemy" Bible lesson series. In this blog post we endeavor to show you some of the provocative and controversial content as well as hidden messages that is now become apart of the cartoons that are children are watching on many of our popular television networks. Some of the more controversial cartoons shows, which I'll admit that I periodically watch are; The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad (most of the Fox Network cartoons), Futurama, & The Boondocks.


These are cartoons shows where the content is blatantly sexual, extremely violent, vulgar and explicit. But they are also accompanied by a parental advisory warning letting viewers know what they should expect to see when they watch these shows. I guess this the networks way of letting themselves off the hook by sticking a disclaimer on sexually offensive, violent and inflammatory cartoons for impressionable children to watch. Great!  And, yes parents should be more responsible for their children and not allow them to watch this openly offensive content. Yes, parents are the ones that should be primarily responsible for putting parental controls on their television in order to put safeguards in place to prevent their children for internalizing this offensive content. But I believe the TV networks have a responsibility as well. And, they should be more critical and thoughtful about what they put on televisions screens for young minds to digest. But, I guess this a commentary of the times we're in. And, parents shouldn't be left off the hook either. Because we have a responsibility to our children to raise them in the way they should go. Does monitoring what our children watch keep them from ever seeing these shows, no it doesn't. Especially in this day and time where we have the Internet, cell phones, and other mobile devices where these shows can be pulled up and viewed without parental supervision. But, at least a standard is being set at home which says to the child their are just certain things you are not allowed to watch in this house. And, hopefully that heir of discipline will resonant with them and follow them throughout adolescence and adult life. After all, King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he shall not depart." This is a very practical biblical principle that every good parent should adopt for themselves and their family.

Now those who've seen the shows we previously mentioned with the parental advisory notices are very much aware of what they are about to see when they sit down to watch these shows. But, what about a show as seemingly innocent as "SpongeBob SquarePants?" This is show that can been seen on the Nickoloden Network, where millions of children; including my son and daughter watch all the time. Spongebob SquarePants is typically viewed as innocent and adorable and even funny at times. But, did you know that there have been some hidden messages embedded in this show that points towards ILLUMINATI & MASONIC symbolism and influences.  Yes! I said it, there have been several episodes where the "Eye of Horus" , "The Egytian Pyramid" as well as a demonic reference to "Baphomet;" an infamous occult symbol have been used.

                  Watch this clip from SpongeBob SquarePants:

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                                              "All Seeing Eye"

                                                   
                                                    "Baphomet"


                                   Here's a clip from "The Simpsons:"

 

                                                  
                                              Freemasonry Symbol



                                               "All Seeing Eye"

So as you can see the content in the cartoons of today are not just risque and violent, but they are also becoming increasingly dangerous for children to watch. Our young impressionable children are now being exposed to FreeMasonry and Illuminati signs and symbols all through the seemingly innocent medium of cartoons. How dastardly and deceitful! And, putting this content in cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants is a another way of getting their message of evil out to the masses. And this is far more sinister, inasmuch as these shows are not accompanied with a parental warning for content inadvisable for children. Do you believe this is by coincidence, or by design? I believe the latter is true. Which means we have try even harder to monitor what our children are watching, reading and listening to, because as parents we are going to be held accountable by God for what we expose our children to. This is our public service post, and we hope that this information is helpful to you and opens your eyes to the deceitful plot of our adversary the devil.  The scripture says that he will use any opportunity he can to steal, kill and destroy. So, now that we know, it is our responsibility now to better equip ourselves to fight in this spiritual battle.

What I will say is that sometimes you run across a cartoon that will periodically have a message in their that resonates beyond the point of it being a satirical punchline, or a brief escape from reality, but a message that speaks to merits of real life. One such cartoon is the "Boondocks." This is cartoon that we mentioned earlier that has all kinds of sexually explicit content, derogatory language and violent themes and images. But, I believe it is designed to be a mirror to us as African Americans, where we can see ourselves and our behavior, and gain some insight on how we can change. This last clip in this post did that very thing for me. It is a clip from the show that features Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. coming back to speak to the black youth of today. And, yes the language might be offensive to some, but his message is still very powerful and should resonate with all of those that it applies to.

Here is our parental advisory for this clip: (If you are offended by the use of the N' word, I strongly suggest you do not view this clip. However, it's use; I believe, is for the benefit of making a distinction between N***** & black people)



So, what do you think abou all of this? What are your thoughts on the evolution of cartoons? Are you happy with their progress or are you becoming more uncomfortable with the messages their sending to our children? Please post your thoughts and comments on this subject. I'm interested in knowing how you feel about this controverisal subject matter. As always you can e-mail us at pastor@michaelnimmons.com or post your comments and thoughts in the box below.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Nimmons
www.michaelnimmons.com

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