Friday, January 20, 2006

The Book of Daniel

It's a new TV show. I read about it in Time magazine under the title, "Prime Time Religion" Here's the synopsis: "WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH, MANY Christians ask themselves, What would Jesus do? The Rev. Daniel Webster goes straight to the source: the dude with the beard, flowing hair and robe who rides shotgun in his car. "Let it play out," comes the answer from the Son of God. Then he adds, ''You're tailgating'. Daniel (Aidan Quinn), an Episcopal priest in an affluent New York City suburb, has a lot to talk about. His son Jimmy has died of leukemia; son Peter (Christian Campbell) is gay; adopted son Adam (Ivan Shaw) is bedding the teenage daughter of an influential parishioner. Daniel's daughter Grace (Alison Pill) was busted for dealing pot. His mother has Alzheimer's. His boss the bishop (Ellen Burstyn) has been riding him. His brother-in-law has disappeared with $3 million of church money. To take the edge off, Daniel has been turning not only to Jesus (Garret Dillahunt) but also to a stash of Vicodin pills. Father knows best? More like Father has a little helper. Its content-did I forget to mention his sister-in-law's les­bian affair? his wife's martini habit? the adulterous bishops?-has already drawn the ire of the American Family Association (AFA), a conservative cultural watchdog group, which charged that the show "mocks Christianity."

I put up with "Highway To Heaven" and "Touched By an Angel" by never watching. I'm sure that"7th Heaven" must make real pastors cringe. The God who spoke to "Joan of Arcadia" was so non-denominational, it made Him seem ineffectual. Now they are actually portraying Jesus and putting scripted words into Our Lord's mouth! I haven't actually seen the show, but I am incensed that anyone would dare do that. This is a comedy, so they'll be going for laughs! And, yes, we Christians did have "The Passion of the Christ" and sort of with "The Chronicles of Narnia"(an allegory--nothing directly about Jesus). But they've hit us with the "Da Vinci Code", a novel, soon to be a movie, with Tom Hanks. And Ann Rice, popular writer of Vampire and Witch novels, has now written a novel about Jesus' early years.


I believe the tv show, The Book of Daniel was inspired by Satan. Satan is doing anything these days to pull us away from our Lord. This is the "new" deception. This is insidious and sneaky. I am so enraged by this television show that will reach millions. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing. There are also many "documentaries" these days that are trying to deceive the masses into believing that Jesus is not God, that the Bible is just stories or that God is a mere figment of our imaginations.

Lord help me to keep my eyes on You. Let me kneel at your feet and worship you. You chose me and I choose You. I am your child--let me fill my mind with Your Word instead of what the world presents thru the media.


Veronica said...

I agree with you 100 percent. It never ceases to amaze me what some will do for the almighty buck. It makes me shutter to think what the next 20 years hold---if we're still here.


Diana said...

Yeah, that show is bad news.

I dream of a world where entertainment glorifies God. I'll be walking down the street and I will forget that I am in Satan's realm and I will start to go and speak of God's fingerprint on a flower to someone passing. Then, before I've said a word, I remember where i am. The chances of that person worshipping God with me are slim to none. I get a pang of melancholy and longing for that world where Jesus reigns as King and all creation has stopped it's waiting and moaning.

In the meantime we are here. A really great website is and I go there for movie reviews. It's a Christian site that gives you the low down on a lot of movies, music, and shows. I go there and scan an article before I waste 2 hours on a movie that I hated.

The site can spoil movies for ya if you read every word. It's good to read about movies you've already seen to form an opinion of their reviews. Then I skim the 'spiritual content' and 'conclusion' sections of the article to get the idear. They also say how many times the Lord's name is taken in vain and how many uses of profanity there are. It's a cool site.

Christians can still experience growth and edification here in the fallen world through those rare times when God is given the glory through story. But most of it is rebellion against Him.