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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's getting worse. Have you noticed? The way Christians are portrayed on television and in the media? We're always the intolerant, the rash, and the stupid. This drives me nuts. Christians are not one type of people. We're everyone, so for television to portray us as ignorant fools makes me a little insane. (okay, MORE insane)

Last night I was watching our equivalent of Shakespeare -- "The Real Housewives of the OC" and they have this really ignorant woman who is a Christian. God love her. He made the Gospel simple for everyone, but this girl does not exemplify a lot about Christianity -- though she really tries. She's just so lost in her own world she can't see beyond the fake extensions and the rest.

Last night, she said over and over again, "You threw me under the table." BUS. BUS! She threw you under the bus. Say it with me...IDIOM.

I know this shouldn't bug me, but the fact is, she'd never be a part of the Real Housewives if she were an intelligent Christian woman. They have her character there for the bumbling comic relief and it makes me so angry when she lives up to it! It could just be the editing, but I know that casting had a lot to do with it. You mean with Saddleback down there, they couldn't find a smart Christian?

Then you have ABC airing GCBs, which is a terrible show about fake Christians written by those who hate them. Christians are out saving the world every day with their ministries and it's not okay to throw the baby out with the bathwater. If you want to be truthful in fiction, you have to show both sides. Show both sides Hollywood!

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At 4:58 PM, Blogger jel said...

it wouldn't be hollywood if they did that.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

That's a good point, but it would be good storytelling. Remember how West Wing did that? Presented both sides of a story and it was so successful!

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really. Ugh! Alexis is so dingy! I cringe every time she opens her mouth. :)

At 6:31 PM, Blogger jel said...

never watched it

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I figure if you don't like the way they portray Christians then you shouldn't watch the show. Watch the news instead. Every time a disaster strikes, while Hollywood is busy buying expensive dresses they can wear to a benefit concert, the Christians are already on the ground helping to clean up the mess. Our job is to be the best Christians we can be, not to worry about how Hollywood portrays us.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Timothy, nice theory, but the fact is, we live in the world and I have no intention of sticking my head in the sand about what's going on around me. Those who want to do that, more power to them, but I choose to have water cooler conversations with people around me.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...


I have watercooler discussions with an Indian, but that doesn't mean I have to worship his gods.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

Kristin, I'm in DFW and sadly GBC is a little true in an exaggerated way here. It's based on an area of Dallas called Highland Park and a lot of people are like that. I have a friend who moved here before I did and she told me "everyone says they are Christian, hardly anyone lives it"

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Way to speak out against the offensive, Kris. Our country has a nasty attitude toward Christian business people because there truly are bad buys claiming the cross so they can get business from us naive Christians who buy into their lies. I'm hoping the more true Christians are bashed on television shows, the fewer Christians will tune in and the shows will drop in ratings.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Good for you Timothy. Read up on TMZ and how the thirty mile zone affects the world. The reason Christians should care is because those people have influence. If we want it, we need to be there.

Other countries don't have this animosity towards Christians, but Christians in other countries aren't so separated either.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

We're the one group that everyone can still pick on, make fun of and get away with it. It's not politically correct to make fun of any other group, people are shot down faster than they can spit. Take the Rush Limbaugh fiasco, if he'd insulted her for being a Christian no one would've ever given it a second thought. Course, we should expect it, Jesus said we'd get it. Doesn't make it right though.

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Diana said...

I totally agree. I have not watched GCB the commercial was enough and then i read what the B really stands for! There are a lot of lost and mis-informed people in our world.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...


Thanks. It's embarrassing to admit how long I’ve been trying to think what TMZ stood for. I thought it was just a TV show that talks about stupid stuff.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Mary F. Allen said...

Interesting viewpoint. Yes it's tragic and wrong. I don't think that it's an inability to find real Christians, I think it simply doesn't promote their agenda. Yes, it's frustrating, but if we want to change things, I think it needs to be at the level we are each at, radically influencing those around us so they see the discrepancy and demand changes in media. I'm talking to myself especially. I'll take a mini-bow and get off my soap box.


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