Lessons from TV

Even though I've been trying to stick to Jeremiah over the month, I find that, while there are many chapters I haven't drawn from yet, and since I am not a skilled expositor, I have nothing left to say. If you want to hear all that God has to say through Jeremiah, read it for yourself. Do follow it up with Philippians or something, though, because it can be pretty heavy.

With that being, said, I am going to finish out the month of #Write31Days, and today I have a few thoughts from some popular (or at least formerly popular) TV shows. Sadly, these are all drawn from first hand observation because I have a weakness.

Okay, in order:

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18

Parks and Recreation: My all-time favorite show provides many belly-laugh, I'm-about-to-die-from-suffocation-I'm-laughing-so-hard-moments. It is, of course, exaggerated on many points, to make a point, but what I would like to point out (see what I did there?) is the shameless teasing of Jerry. Jerry is a character who doesn't always "get" things. Therefore, the other characters think it's harmless to make fun of him constantly. No. I don't care how slow or oblivious people may seem. Teasing is never harmless. Even if it's a good friend and you're being sarcastic, people always say there's a bit of truth in sarcasm, and we have to be mindful of how someone might take it. Sorry to preach. I just feel bad for Jerry. He's such a nice guy.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing...
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4, 5

How I Met Your Mother: Aside from the pathetic frequency with which the writers use green jokes to fill space, what I took away most from this show is that the relationships are unrealistic. I have set my ideals of friendship way too high based on shows like this. You can have a group of friends, and you can have a best friend for life, but if you hang out that much and know everything about each other all the time, you probably have codependency issues. I've always wanted to have a "kindred spirit" like Anne and Diana, and I do have regrets about choosing grades over friends in college, but there are seasons of life. Sometimes friends will be closer than other times. And I would be happy to open my home to a friend if they need to crash in the basement or something, but it's not going to happen every other night we go to the bar, however much I would like them to need me that much. Okay, preaching to myself here. Faith, be realistic.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

Modern Family: Really? Yet another show that characterizes the mother as smart and bossy and the dad as a lovable goof? Do we really undervalue fathers that much? Sure, Phil Dunphy is leaps and bounds better than an angry, distant patriarch, but can we please recognize that this is a weak way to elevate our view of Claire as a strong mother? Men can be strong without being harsh, and they can be loving and involved in their children's lives without being a pushover. I would just like to take this moment to say, I'm really thankful for you, Dad.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3

Glee: I am Rachel Berry. No, I am not so vain to think I am as talented as Lea Michele. But I do love to sing, and - confessions - I love the spotlight. As a child, I often attempted to make my own stage in the middle of the room at family gatherings. At some, I was successful; others, not so much. Clarification for those who know me now - when I say something really weird or stupid at a gathering, I am only trying to fill the silence because it makes me uncomfortable. And frankly, I am terrible at small talk. I apologize. Anyway, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion over the last year that I am a very selfish and ego-centric person. This is nauseating to watch in the character of Rachel Berry, but it is honestly rather overwhelming to me. How do I change? How do I become an other-centered person? How do I stop thinking about how I can make myself likable and just start being a friend? Any thoughts? Seriously, I need help. Please be gentle.

Well, that's all, folks. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but today is evidence that we can truly learn something from our entertainment, however reverse the lessons are. Cheers!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

2 comments:

  1. Loved the last section on Phil. 2:3. I just finished reading " So long, Insecurity: You've been a bad friend to us" by Beth Moore. Read it. It's a must read for women everywhere.
    I have struggled with the same issues, I got to the root of the problem and have experienced freedom. It's possible to overcome :)

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    1. Amen. I read that book, too. It was really powerful for me, but since it's been a few years, I should probably skim through it again. :)

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