Last night was the night for Scandal (Thursday Nights). Scandal is a hit ABC TV Show which portrays what probably goes on in our nation’s capital. It is a show which has captivated the attention of many with its wonderful script and wonderful actors.
Just like every Thursday, about 70% percent of people on Twitter tweet about the show and yesterday was no exception. But something different happened this time around: a friend of mine who I am guessing does not watch the show, tweeted me and told me to look at her last ReTweet (RT). So I went on her Timeline (TL) and looked at her last RT and it was a tweet by Heather Lindsey. Now, Heather Lindsey is a very respected woman of God who inspire a lot of young women to be bold in God and to save themselves for marriage. I applaud her and respect her for that. We need more women like her in today’s society. Heather’s Tweet was something I totally did not understand. (Please look at the picture below).
Her question, “Is watching that TV show pulling you closer to Christ though?” really bothered me a bit and of course since my friend wanted me to see it, she obviously wanted my opinion on it, so I decided to write on this subject.
I have a couple of questions of my own: Is watching the News pulling any of us closer to God? Is watching the NBA finals drawing us closer to God? Is watching the Olympics bringing you closer to God? Is reading a story book pulling us closer to Christ? Is reading the Newspaper pulling us closer to Christ? Is going for a jog pulling us closer to Christ? Is dancing at a friend’s wedding pulling us closer to Christ? Is going to the beach to have a romantic time with your wife and husband pulling you closer to Christ? Is going to work pulling you closer to Christ? If Heather Lindsey’s question is valid, then I assume that my questions above are valid as well, because questions like this only makes a person focus on what they can do to achieve Grace from God. In the Old Testament, people had to do things to get that Grace, but in the New Testament, Grace came down with Christ and shared with the world on the cross which is why Grace is unmerited Favor. We do not deserve it, but we have it once we come to accept Christ. These kind of questions do not help but steal the joy of individuals away and kind of guilt trips them in a way. As Christians, can’t we allow people to enjoy a TV show with the God given peace in their hearts? As Christians, we sometimes become like the Pharisees (the religious people) by becoming standing blocks for others to be saved if we are not careful of what we say. I do not believe that this is a question Jesus would have asked his disciples, because Jesus DID go to parties with his entourage, he dined with sinners, he wept, he grieved, he was even hungry at some point, he dined with tax collectors, and etc. My point is, Jesus did everything any human can do and probably does. He was not half human, half God, He was was fully human and fully God and experienced anything we can experience on earth. Probably, Jesus might have watched Scandal to get a good laugh and enjoy the suspense if He was here as well. Jesus was not only reading the Torah, He was not always fasting, but He was always being fully God and fully human and doing things humans like to do. Guess what? The Pharisees were the ones who were not being fully human and enjoying anything humans could possibly enjoy, so they were always criticizing Jesus and always asking Him questions. They even questioned His holiness all because He was hanging out with sinners like you and I.
Let me be clear, Jesus was not conforming, but rather reforming through the expressing of love and by being human. I am not saying that we should conform as Christians to society, but we should not forget that we are humans saved by Grace. Jesus knew He was Holy, but never ones did he condemn, never once did he judge and we should follow suit and be the best we can be with Christ.
Watching Scandal is not a sin and watching the NBA Finals or Superbowl is not a sin either. It is a form of entertainment for humans. It is something which can help you get over the troubles in life. The Bible does advice us not to be mastered by anything. We should not be totally consumed with all these things, but consumed with the Word of God – that is a given, but we should enjoy the life Christ has given us, because He came to set us free. Under the law is sin and death, but under the Grace of Christ is Mercy, Love, Hope, Faith and Love.
Please share your thoughts.