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Glee Part 2

October 26, 2010 1 comment

Irony strikes after my last post. Some people come to the table when you say something about Glee and they’ll defend it to their deathbed. That’s fine.

I struggle with this issue of Christian Liberty, because that’s a hard line to draw.

I love war movies. I can watch war movies all day long. I can tolerate the reality of death and language. But I struggle with Christians watching Glee or other shows of the like.

I still stand firm claiming that shows which glorify sexual sin, the way that Glee does should be avoided. I’m looking at it from a logical standpoint that sex is probably the sin most people struggle with in the United States. I don’t have stats, but I have examples of people in ministry who have lost their jobs due to sexual sin. Not only that, just open your local newspaper and you’ll see people who fall apart from it. Does Glee lead to sexual sin? Not always. I don’t know, this post isn’t about Christian Liberty anyways.

This post is actually about me further proving a point about Glee of its agenda.

Last week, two of the girls posed on the cover of GQ magazine. You might have seen the pictures, you might not have, but they’re very suggestive. (And by suggestive, I clearly mean the girls are dressed like sluts and are trying to turn men on. If you deny this, you already lose.) You can click here to see those photos, but I’ll just suggest that your teenager not be around to see them.

Now, not all 14 photos on that page are sexually suggestive. The dude is playing drums in one of them.

But, let’s think for a second. The image that was burned into my mind whenever I first saw the photos on CNN (and even their commentators suggested that they were over the top) is the one of the girl sitting on a locker room bench, legs spread open in her underwear, holding a lollipop. In fact, this is the direct quote from a FoxNews article on the issue:

“Glee” stars Dianna Agron and Lea Michele got down and dirty for a GQ magazine spread released last week, set in high school, sucking lollipops, with their legs wide open.

Let’s not be naive, she’s selling sex.

And there are parents who support their kids watching this show week in and week out.

Maybe you haven’t let your kids watch it yet, but here’s yet another post on a “ultra-conservative, legalistic rant” that is suggesting you refrain from partaking in a show. Call me uber conservative and a Pharisee, but I will never support people who claim to be following Christ and fleeing from sin to watch Glee, as all Glee has done is promote sexual freedom.

 

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Categories: Media

Glee

October 6, 2010 40 comments

It’s a show that your youth are watching. I guarantee it. It has absolutely taken over the nation. Check Twitter on Wednesday morning and you’re going to see where people are posting all about Glee, or as the phrase has been coined, they are “Gleeked out.” (Or something like that.)

Anyways, this show is a phenomenon for youth. In my very youth group I’ve had students talking about the show. So, one night I sat down, saw it on, and I had to see what it was all about. In my head, I was thinking “High School Musical.” I was half-right.

The first episode that was ever on my tv was turned off within about 15 minutes. Two girls came up to one of the guys in the Glee club after class and propositioned him to make out with both of them. Whether this was the extent of their hope is unknown, but they were very forward in their attempts, to the point where in my opinion it suggested they would do more than make out. It was very sex-filled.

The second episode was a couple of weeks later as we were passing through the channels late on a Tuesday. My wife stopped on Fox as Glee was on to hear one of the songs while I was on the computer. At the conclusion of the song, one of the girls from the show, who is nothing more than the popular girl who is popular with all the boys, comes up to one of the guys everyone thought was gay but found out he wasn’t. She said something to the effect of, “I’ve made out with all the guys in our class but you because I thought you were gay, but since you weren’t, I’d like to add you to the list.”

It turned off shortly after that.

Since that point, I’ve had many a conversation about the show with people. For the most part, those who are in ministerial leadership look at the show with disgust, and rightfully so might I add. But, when mentioning it to youth and others, you run into the problem of not being able to filter out the trash that comes with the show. I’m not pretending that I have it all together, but I do recognize that there are some shows and themes of shows that absolutely should NOT be permitted into our minds. The two examples above seemed to solidify that form of thinking in my mind.

Last night, the Glee episode was trending on Twitter this morning. The title: Grilled Cheesus caught my eye, so I began to do some research. I read through the plot and figured what better way to spend my morning than watching the episode from last night on Fox.com. Who doesn’t need a few teaching points.

The show featured the main popular character making a grilled cheese and seeing the face of Jesus on it. He begins to pray to the grilled cheese for three things: 1.) That they win their football game, 2.) That he can touch his girlfriend’s breasts, and 3.) That he can be the new QB for the football team. Long story short, all three of them happen. He soon realizes that God did not allow those things to happen and does a stirring rendition of “Losing My Religion.”

If you just read through that paragraph and didn’t wince at the complete sacrilege  of the plot of the show, then I don’t know what is wrong.

The other themes in the show go with a heart-wrenching battle as the gay character’s father has a heart attack and is in a coma. The many spiritual kids in Glee club want to pray for the father, but the gay character refuses to let them.

The mean, evil teacher battles over the students singing religiously themed/spiritually themed songs in Glee club and makes the claim that students are not allowed to do that on school ground.

In the end, I don’t know what the theme was besides loving everyone.

There are true points to what was on the show last night. They talk about how the church has done a poor job of loving the gay community – and that’s a true sentiment. You see that through the lives of the friends.

In the end though, I have to give a “Big Whoop” to that.

If you are a Christian and you watch Glee, I really don’t understand why. If you’re a parent who watches Glee, stop. If you’re a teen and you’re reading this blog, you surprise me and I want you to stop watching Glee. If you’re a parent who lets your teen watch Glee, then stop. I don’t understand the fascination within churches with Glee. There is nothing but pure justification for sin in watching the show.

The show is filthy. It is laced with anti-Biblical messages.

I am all for love. I am all for taking care of people no matter what sins they are involved in. But we have to say enough is enough with media. Christians absolutely should not partake in watching Glee. And Glee is just the beginning. What other shows should we stamp out?

Simply put – the themes and ideas that are presented within any show that you watch…does the Bible tell us to flee from them? If so – don’t begin to argue with me about why it’s okay to watch the show. We all (present company included) must flee from sin. We must not allow those themes in our lives. We must turn to Christ and be a new creature. No matter if it’s “House M.D.,” “Outsourced,” or “Glee” we must set the stage for our youth in showing them that we shouldn’t allow those things into our minds.

Thoughts?

Categories: Media

Things That Irritate Me

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Good morning. I have two topics on my mind of which to write about this morning. Both have a great deal of interest to me. Who knows where this will go.

The Bachelor

Since I got married last May, the things that come on my television have changed dramatically. Last summer, my wife watched The Bachelorette, and I’ll openly admit that I sat with her and watched it. I’ll even openly admit that for a while, I enjoyed it. It was interesting to me to see how people reacted in meeting a complete stranger.

Yet, mid-Summer, something changed in me. I began to notice so many underlying themes within the show. 

Last week, The Bachelor premiered, and of course it was on my television. One of the guys who appeared from last summer’s girl-version is the new bachelor on the show – Jake. Blah blah blah.

As it’s been on (and honestly, I’m in the room, but last night I caught a great Big East battle with Villanova and Louisville on ESPN360.com) I’ve caught parts here and there. Last night, it really began to bother me some of the things that were said, done, and talked about.

For example, the “contestants” if you will, apply to be on this show based upon the person who is going to be featured as the one who is searching for love. So here comes 25 women to compete for the attention of this guy’s “love.” Suddenly, last night, I found all of this the most shallow approach to dating that I have ever seen. Sure, it’s entertaining, but it’s completely wrong. 

How many people would love to have that chance? Honestly, I bet millions of people would love to have 25 people of the opposite sex gawk over them and compete for their chance at love. We’ve turned relationships into nothing more than a 2-hour special on television. These girls complain and whine and moan about how so-and-so isn’t a good person and that they came here with the wrong intentions. The girls cry and claim that they just want their shot at true love, because they’ve been cheated on and etc.

Does this sicken anyone else?

What happened to real relationships? The show is set up (and very scripted in case you’ve never noticed…) for the Bachelor(ette) to have a ring on the finger by the time the finale comes. Say what? Where’s the special relationship? Here’s two or three girls at the end, fighting to be proposed to, and it’s suddenly a shock to the audience about who gets the ring?

I have to question: Is it really about meeting someone, or does the fact that people get their 15 minutes of fame play into it? Why would someone want to have what should be special and private broadcast into millions of homes every week? Maybe some people like that. But, maybe some people don’t think.

So, what’s my point in all of this? I want people to look at this show critically. I know it’s entertaining. I don’t forbid my wife to watch it at all. I just think it shows a great picture of why there are so many relationship problems in the world, today. When we look at what entertains us on television, and how those relationships manifest themselves on the television show, it should come as no surprise that there is a great divorce rate and that teenagers have relationships that last 3 months before they move onto the next person.

Society has come to condone and accept this type of relational behavior. Read more…

3

November 17, 2009 3 comments

As a youth pastor, I try to stay on top of new culture junk.  I used to listen to the radio on my way to work, but since I only live about 50 yards from the church…that’s severely cut down.

But, thanks to a little handy research, I’ve been able to find Tuesday’s Trash!  I don’t want to start that as a new blog title at all, but as I read through these lyrics and listened to the song…it sickens me and scares me as a youth pastor.  Engage your students or your children about what they are listening to.

Anyways, the song is called “3” by Britney Spears. Remember her? That innocent little 17 year old who just wanted to be hit?  I actually remember first hearing “Hit Me Baby One More Time” in my home, and my brother goes, “Yeah! She’s only seventeen!” I was like, “That’s awesome!  Teenagers are cool!”

And then she grew up. And there were the sexy, steamy videos, the kiss with Madonna, her going bald (What?), and many other crazy things. And now, she releases this song called “3”.  It’s not an ode to math or about the days of Jonah in the whale – no, it’s about sex of course.

Here’s the lyrics

So let’s look at some things that stand out. Read more…

Religulous, Pt. 2

March 9, 2009 12 comments

Back in September, it was released that the great comedian (great sarcasm), Bill Maher, would be releasing a movie on religion.  Thus, Religulous.  I posted this post in regards to the upcoming release.  This past weekend, I was able to get the movie at the library and sit and watch it.  I made sure to write down specific things to keep track of…by the end, I had typed four pages of notes.  All in all, the movie is typical atheist mumbo jumbo that presents no factual information against Christianity, but only seeks to mock it.  So, without further delay, let’s talk.

Maher opens the movie with the statement, “Religion is detrimental to the process of humanity.”  I somewhat understand what he’s saying here, surprisingly.  Wars, etc in the name of gods and religion.  Interestingly enough, watch the movie, and Maher doesn’t necessarily discuss religion per se, but makes it a personal attack on Christianity.  The movie is a little over 90 minutes, but 58 of those minutes are spent upon Christianity.  Feeling threatened, Mr. Maher?

Maher makes a number of erroneous statements throughout the movie.  In one, he is interviewing a group of Christian truckers at a truck stop in Raleigh at a service.  (I mean, he had to go get interviews with scholarly people, right?)  He states that he has problems with the fact that Christians believe in stuff that is not mentioned in the Bible, such as…and I quote, “Original sin…and the virgin birth.”  Say what?  Not in the Bible?  Apparently Mr. Maher has never read Romans 5 in regards to Original Sin, nor the Gospels in reference to the virgin birth.

My favorite error though is this.  It’s the book of Revelation.  There is no “s” at the end of Revelation in regards to the book found in the Bible.  There never has been, and there shouldn’t be in your movie.  This was at the VERY BEGINNING of the movie.  I caught it, rewound it to make sure I heard correctly, and then watched it twice more to verify.  At the end of the movie, on the screen, he quotes Scripture and actually spells it “Revelations” and then gives the reference.  Now, I’m not being nitpicky, but, to me this irked me.  If you are trying to make a movie to dispel the “myth of religion,” it seems to me that making it someone correct in the minor details would help to establish its credibility.  If you overlook details such as that, I think you start losing early in the game.  

Maher interviews Read more…

What’s on your playlist?

January 22, 2009 3 comments

Well, maybe not what’s on yours, maybe this should be information about what’s on your teen’s playlist?  Or better yet, what’s on your child’s playlist?

Brittney Spears is back at it again in all her subtle glory and charm.  Her new song is getting a lot of attack from different groups because it has actually been released on the airwaves.  I’m not surprised.  As I’ve said before about stars, it’s not the song content that sells, it’s the star’s name that sells the song.  Anyways, her new song is called “If U Seek Amy…”  

Maybe I am out of the loop with pop culture and the teen world, but when I first read the title, I didn’t get it.  Or maybe, it’s just because I am a little more mature than Brittney Spears and whoever else wrote this song is.  When I was in high school and elementary school, many of my friends would combine words or something to make a different word or phrase that was a bit…risque.  Such as, “Hey, spell I Cup!”  And then everyone would laugh at the thought of someone making a potty joke.  Oh, it was funny when I was six.

Well, I missed it in the new Spears song when I first read it.  I hope you did, too.  Let’s phrase it this way: the song is not about Amy.  My guess is, Brittney Spears doesn’t have a friend named Amy.  But…if you say it, it does sound like a series of letters that begin with F, followed by a U, with two other letters…closed up with a second word called, “me!”  Yes, apparently Brittney Spears feels the need to sing a trashy song begging for sex.

I read the lyrics, which are about as entertaining as watching The View.  The song is blatantly playing on this concept.  What worries me the most is the fact that teenagers in our churches could be eating this song UP!   

I remember when Katy Perry’s song “I kissed a girl” came out.  I heard different teens sing the song without blinking an eye.  Could it be the same here?  So, for parents, pay attention.  This song is on the radio, so your students will hear this song.  Chances are, the majority of them will like it.  Better chances are is that they’ll connect the dots about the underlying message of the song and think it is fun and goofy.  Don’t let them be desensitized to this song and its message.

Youth pastors…just know.  I haven’t heard the song yet, and I don’t really feel like I have to.  Just know it’s out there.  Our teens are listening to this crap…should we address it?  Should we only address it if it is out?  How do we treat this issue?

Well, that’s today’s culture awareness.  Until next time, stay faithful to watching The View!

 

PS – for what it’s worth, when Hasslebeck and Rosie fought all the time, I actually enjoyed watching Rosie O’Donnell look like an intolerant jerk.

Categories: Christianity, Media

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

November 17, 2008 20 comments

The awesome thing about the New Castle Library is their movie selection.  So, I picked up Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” last week and was able to watch it last night.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and thought it was utterly amazing at some points.  Even though Ben Stein’s show on Comedy Central was about as goofy as Sonseed’s hit song, this documentary is well put together.  He talks to highly credible scientists who do not ascribe to evolution.  Hmmmm….it puts an interesting spin on what a lot of atheists say that evolution is fact and that any credible scientist would believe it.  

Dawkins even goes so far to actually sit down with Richard Dawkins for an interview.  Outside of the utterly vain and conceited remarks that Dawkins is known to make, Dawkins tells Stein that no one knows how the first cells got on the earth in order for evolution to be put into motion.  In fact, all the scientists who ascribe to this view admit they do not know the way that life began, but they do know how to run in circles in order to say that we all came from a common ancestor.  Dawkins mentioned maybe it could have been some other life form that brought it to earth….which then begs the question as to how that lifeform was began, which Dawkins says that it could have no way come from nothing.  

Holy cow, let’s get inconsistent for a minute.

Overall, I could talk for hours about this movie.  I was utterly impressed by this movie and thought it was absolutely great.  Stein exposing that there were professors at colleges who were fired for their views on ID vs. evolution shows you exactly where the scientific world stands….let’s not have anything that contradicts their view because their untestable, unobserved view is completely and totally proven and factual….I mean, if Richard Dawkins believes it, all of his followers should too, right?

Finally, I wanted to address one more thing that Stein brought to light.  There is an ever raging debate going on about how religion kills people and blah blah blah…  Yes, I’ll admit, as well as any other person in the world should admit that many people have been killed in the name of religion.  It’s an unfortunate and cruel thing.  This usually spurs people to bring up Stalin and all the other famous atheists who have killed.  This brings out that “religion kills, but atheism does not, just bad people who are atheists…”  Any way that you look at it Read more…