Before you read this post, I just want to state that although I want to always keep this blog a “G” rated blog, this blog isn’t really intended to be “family-friendly” entertainment. Justasorethumb is intended to log the things that are on my mind at the time and though I’ll avoid profanity everywhere I can, I also realize the world is the world. Sometimes they just need their mouth washed out with soap.
I give this warning because attached to this article is a link where there are a couple of “naughty” words used and if anyone is easily offended, then don’t click the link.
There are some things that seem so obvious to me that at times I have to sit in amazement that others can’t see what I see. There are some things that seem so obvious, that I have to constantly check myself to be sure I’m seeing it correctly. I mean, when you’re in a room of 20 people, for instance, and you think you’re the only one that’s right and everyone else is wrong…..well you might want to check your ego a little, because you might just be the problem.
So when I read a post on Facebook the other day by an acquaintance of my wife and I praising a television show called “That ’70’s Show”, I have to admit I’m a little stunned. See, this person is a professing Christian and not only were they praising the show, they made the statement they wish all of their friends were just like the characters on the show. Adding to this were other professing Christian acquaintances of ours making comments that agreed.
While I have never watched an episode of That 70’s Show from start to finish, on several occasions early on I would flip over and begin to watch the show. It didn’t take long before some of the characters in the show were talking about sex or drug use. And not in a way that made it seem bad, but it made teen sex and drug use seem okay, even funny and fun.
So I guess I’m a little baffled that professing Christians could watch this show, use it for entertainment, and even want their lives to emulate the characters on the show. In fact, like I said above, it seems so obvious to me that this isn’t a show a professing Christian needs to be watching that I have to do a “double-take” when other “Christians” can’t see what we see.
So when along comes a show on ABC like this here , I have to admit again I’m a little stunned. I guess I even to say “So what?”.
So many professing Christians today are feeding themselves on garbage like That 70’s Show, Sex and the City, Justin Bieber, Twilight, Harry Potter, Ultimate Fighting, and other similar entertainment that the world can’t tell the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian.
Read this statement from the article about the ABC show above:
“ABC’s core viewership is Christian, so the goal of the show won’t be to attack Christianity. Just like the book, this is a show by Christians, for (mostly) Christians, to enjoy a little prime-time self-deprecation,” Los Angeles-based entertainment expert, Jenn Hoffman said.
So I have to ask…….where did ABC get an idea like that? That their core viewership is Christian? I doubt they pulled it out of thin air, I mean, they pay big money to marketing experts whose job is to understand the demographic of their viewers.
So when suddenly ABC decides to put on a show that depicts Christians acting a little like the rest of the world, I gotta say “So what?”.
After spending years telling the broadcasting executives you love television shows that glorify extramarital sex, gossip about your neighbors, greed, lust, pride, and self-worship what else do you expect them to do? How else do you think they’re going to view Christians?
So if you’re really and truly tired of the networks doing things like this and offering shows that cast Christians in a negative light, then stop supporting the networks. Period. Turn off the shows that glorify sin and perversion and stop entertaining yourselves with it.
Otherwise shut up and take the criticism from the world because whether you know it or not, the world didn’t pull this image of Christians out of thin air. There’s an element of truth to it. It’s how they see us living our lives. you know, all “back-bitey”, gossipy, lusty, greedy, all the while acting all “goody-two-shoes.”
Seems to me we’re getting a little of what we’re asking for.