TV Christianity

the real onealsIn my lifetime I’ve noticed a huge shift in opinion about Christians and the local church… and it ain’t been good! “Christian” is rapidly becoming a naughty word.

If you ever turn on TV or go to the movies, it’s not uncommon to hear the perception that faith is at the root of a vast number of societal ills. In fact, some have even studied these perceptions of faith and Christianity.

The question I want to ask is, where are people learning this?

Two answers emerge, cast from two different sides.

 1. From Hypocritical Christians Themselves?
It’s hard to argue against this in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting with people like this Sacramento pastor representing us. But even then the question has to be asked, “Do most Christians look like this, or is the media just good at making the minority sound like the majority?

The jury is still out. But many can probably relate to the words of Ghandi, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

 2. From Entertainment Media?
How often have you seen a Christian cast in a positive role in secular media?

This is something I’ve blogged about before… recently with SNL… and we’ve all seen it far too many times in pop culture.

And now Hollywood is providing yet another peek at their view of Christianity. The show is called The Real O’Neals. It’s creative, it’s funny… but how does it portray believers?

Sure, one could argue that it’s just trying to show that “real people have real problems.” So Christians… is this us? Take a peek at this teaser.

What are our friends and neighbors going to glean from this show?

Is any of it true?

How can we use this for conversations about what Christ is really like, and what he can actually do in our lives?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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2 Responses to TV Christianity

  1. Sean says:

    What do you think Jon?

    One part I loved was the “You’re grounded until you believe in God.” I wonder if maybe you see that as an exaggerated response, Jon? Which leads me to me throwing some shade in the form of this video….

  2. Sean says:

    Some language in the video. By the Christian.