These thoughts have been niggling in the back of my mind all week, and I decided I just had to get it out.
Last weekend Derek went to spend the night at his buddy’s place. It’s been a while since he’s been able to hang out with this friend, and I was glad he had a chance to go. My parents and siblings were unavailable to get together on Friday night and Saturday, and since I knew I’d be spending most of the weekend by myself, I decided to swing by the library on my way home from work and pick up a movie or TV series to watch when Wyatt was napping.
I ended up renting the first season of Glee. I know, I’m a couple years behind on that craze, but after being a little curious about it for a while I decided to watch it and see what all the fuss was about.
As I watched, I had very mixed feelings.
On the one hand, I can see why it was so popular. The premise of the show is interesting, and the characters are likeable. The episodes are written in a way that leaves you wondering what’s going to happen next.
On the other hand, I didn’t feel good about what I was watching. A lot of situations in the show are inappropriate. As an episode ended and I went to get my boy up from his nap, the contrast between Wyatt’s sweet innocence and what I was just watching was very stark. I felt like I needed to reset my mind in order to take care of him, because a lot of the behaviors of the characters are behaviors that are wrong and that I pray that my son never falls into.
I was sucked into five episodes before I realized that the show wasn’t going to get any better, and I packed it up to take back to the library.
Now, I’m left wondering how so many Christians think that shows like this are okay – and how I thought it was okay to watch five episodes before I turned it off.
Because it’s not okay.
Media choices are important. They shape the way we think, they shape our interactions with others, they can shape what our kids think is right and wrong. When a plot is entrenched in sinful behavior at every turn, and there is no “moral of the story” in sight? That’s not okay.
And if we think that God doesn’t care about our choices in movies, music, and books, we are lying to ourselves. He does.
I was embarrassed to admit to Derek that I had watched so much of something that is not “true, noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable”. Or “excellent or praiseworthy” either (Philippians 4:8).
I’m not telling you what you should or shouldn’t watch, because that’s between you and the Lord. And I’m not trying to just pick on Glee, because there are a lot of shows and movies that would make or have made me feel the same way. This isn't the first poor media choice I've made, and I'm sure it won't be my last. I'm not directing this post at any one person.
What I am suggesting is that maybe Christians in general (myself included) should overlook a little less when it comes to media choices, and call sin what it is, rather than willingly letting it into our homes and hearts and minds.
All I know is that if Jesus came back right this minute, I wouldn’t want Him to find me watching Glee.