glee: 1. great delight; 2. jubilant feeling; 3. song for unaccompanied voices; 4. newest big hit on Fox TV, a musical comedy series about a high school show choir in Ohio.
If I am going to look at the fall TV lineup from a biblical worldview, I cannot simply ignore “Glee”'s Kurt Hummel. I'll give the writers credit–at least they didn't waste any time having him come out of the closet.
Kurt is already a big favorite on the show. Viewers first admired his musical talent, and then celebrated his dancing extra-point kick that won the school's tied football game. Fans were all but trapped into feeling sympathy for him as he expressed his gay feelings to his testosterone-heavy father.
If you are a parent, I pray you protect your children from being sucked into the counterfeit joy that “Glee” provides. I can only imagine what doors this show will open to the liberal left to indoctrinate our children in the ways of the world, especially considering actor Chris Colfer's own comments about his character. Colfer warned that Kurt “definitely opens up that Pandora box of emotions and goes for it.”
Many of my own friends will hate my post and the stance I am taking on “Glee”. But if I am to be true to the Word, then I must examine the show accordingly. While God loves people, He doesn't love everything we do. Because some personalities have a bent toward extreme anger doesn't excuse their uninhibited expression of it. God desires restraint of tendencies that are outside of His perfect plan for humankind. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is not an equally acceptable lifestyle to Him; but a desire of the flesh that, while it may feel natural, is in opposition to God's design for man and woman (Genesis 2:24, Romans 1:26-27).
Where is the Christian right's voice regarding “Glee”? We have been very vocal with regard to the teaching of the homosexual lifestyle in schools. We've raised cain over the required reading of “And Tango Makes Three”, featuring Mr. and Mr. Penguin, their different (and logically empty) nest, and their donated egg. Why are Christians not equally outraged over this television show, clearly targeting the teens of America?
As Christians, we need to be careful of egotism. We are much quicker to speak when something affects our own school district, or our own community, and much slower to speak on a broader scale. When we are directly affected, we don't hesitate to make noise. But are we not charged in His Word with defending the orphan; and aren't children who are being raised by non-Christian parents orphaned spiritually? (Isaiah 1:16-20)
Let's take some lessons from the recent tea parties and town hall meetings in America. While violence and hatred is not the rule to follow, bold speech is.
I know some Christians will agree with my position wholeheartedly. But some will think I'm overreacting. These rationalize “Glee” as being mere entertainment, not indoctrination. These have reconciled themselves to the homosexual lifestyle to such a degree that they are desensitized. This is exactly what many in the LGBT community want to see happen, if not to you, then certainly to children. When we become unmoved by sinful actions, we become apathetic, tolerant, and ultimately participatory.
Consider this testimony. Another hit show, the world's longest-running soap opera “Guiding Light”, went off the air this past week after its 72-year history. Years ago, it was a favorite show of my two grandmothers, my mother and therefore me. Sarah Phillips of the Guardian rightly said, “Its role in U.S. culture cannot be overplayed.” Over the years, this show changed from a representation of the traditional American town, to the town of the writers' and producers' modern views and imaginations–imaginations prone to wander to the ways of the world. During my impressionable young years, I grew to believe that what I saw happen on the show each day was normal and acceptable. Sadly, this had a negative impact on my behavior, behavior that eventually brought me sadness, not joy.
Such is the way of sin. It is deceptively enticing and entertaining for a season. I wonder how many seasons Christians will trade an hour of God's joy for the world's “Glee”. And I wonder how the next generation will be changed as a result.