Does choosing to stand really make a difference? Let’s consider two different questions today.
This morning I received an email with the subject line – ABC’s Offensive Television Pilot. The plot centers on the life of reformed “mean girl” Amanda who returns to her hometown of Dallas to find herself fodder for malicious gossip from the women in the Christian community.
“Still in the early stages, the pilot has not been guaranteed a spot on ABC’s lineup. And though the show’s title may change before it goes to broadcast, “Good Christian Bitches” is already causing uproar…the show, which features the tagline “For Heaven’s sake, don’t let God get in the way of a good story!” could put Christians in an unfairly bad light.”
Sorry to include the title of the show, but I think it is necessary for the story. Now let’s consider the two questions.
First, should we as believers take a stand against a show that will put Christians in such a negative light? Yes. I don’t have any interest in watching the show, but there is something even more important we can do and that revolves around the second question.
Why would someone consider writing and producing such a show in the first place? Could it be that there is an element of truth to it? How many of us have been guilty of some form of gossip when we “share” a prayer request?
Paul warns us of “gossips and busybodies” in 1 Timothy 5: 13. If we are spending our time tearing down others at home or at work or in the church we have lost all credibility, haven’t we? Can our lives stand up to the scrutiny of others or have we hidden the light of Christ by our conversations?