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Friday, January 13, 2006

Hooray for Hollyweird

I listened to Al Mohler's radio program where he responded to NBC's "The Book of Daniel." He didn't have the exact same take that I did, but it had some similar thoughts. (Of course, Mohler waited until after the show premiered, something wise I probably should have done.)

However, he lamented the fact that the media seems obsessed with the bizarre, even quoting a "Daniel" producer who said doing a show about a good kid who is struggling to show respect to her parents wouldn't sell. The "Book of Daniel's" plot is so over the top to be entertaining. But should we really be surprised?

We should take some comfort that a normal family, making moral choices and pursuing a Bibblical Christianity is not far fetched in the eyes of television viewers. Maybe the Episcopal church should be offended since the father is an Episcopal priest, but Biblical Christianity doesn't look much like the show represents.

No way is Hollywood's obsession with the abnormal more evident than in it's coverage of homosexuality (a topic in the "Book of Daniel"). The ratio of gay to straight characters far exceeds the ratio in real life. This could be explained as Hollywood's agenda to normalize homosexuality to society. If we see it enough on TV, we'll accept it as commonplace. This, of course, is the explanation most Christians accept.

However, maybe the fact that homosexuality is all over the air waves is because it's abnormal and sells. Perhaps we should get nervous about societies view of homosexuality if it disappears from the media. Maybe we should be scared for conservative Christianity if it's honestly represented on the silver screen.

From what it sounds like then, "The Book of Daniel" shouldn't make us nervous. And I agree with Mohler, I don't think we'll have to deal with this show for long.

9 Comments:

  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

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  • At 10:46 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    yes, sin is commonplace, but all sins are not. (thankfully, murder isn't as common as lying.)

    it does no good to throw a rope to a person who doesn't believe they are drowning. i don't know that we can bring hope if we don't let people know they have violated God's standards. (of course, that must be done in a loving way.)

    there are some people who have really cool ministries in hollywood trying to save the people there. i agree, people often way over react to them.

     
  • At 11:28 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

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  • At 9:37 AM, Blogger danny2 said…

    couldn't agree more gary, and you know that.

    however, how does one repent of their sin and confess Christ as Savior (thus begin their journey) if they don't see the severity of their sin?

    we do agree there is an irreducable minimum right? there are some things a person must do to even enter into the relationship, right?

     
  • At 2:37 PM, Anonymous katie rose said…

    i got my card from rachel and zeke yesterday. it was so cute! a reply should be coming soon...
    ...and tell them i said hi!

     
  • At 7:17 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

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  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

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  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    no prob.

    i just wish you wouldn't delete all your other comments...you said some good things too.

     

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