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Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Wow! It has been a while!
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Ru and I have recently stopped watching Glee. We really like the first season. We enjoyed the quirky characters and situations, and I felt a strong affinity with the "Gleeks", having been an Uber-Gleek in an Ohio high school myself. I think the "spiritual" episode was the beginning of the end of our relationship with the show.
If you're not familiar with that show, it featured Finn praying to a sandwich he called Grilled Cheesus. That part I actually liked. It pointed out how some people, Christians in this case, are so clueless about their faith and behave as if their religion is some kind of magic instead of a deep, transforming relationship with their Savior. No, the part that really bothered me was that a black gospel choir couldn't come up with anything more Christian than Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
After that, we lost Fox for a couple of weeks, during the Cablevision vs. Newscorp battle, and when we got it back I just never set the DVR to record Glee again.
This week I saw a news story about the latest episode, in which Kurt has his first gay kiss. Hearing that didn't really bother me too much. He is gay. I kind of figured he'd kiss a guy eventually. What did bother me was the identity of the kisser: Karofsky, one of Kurt's tormentors from the football team.
In a typical example of pro-homosexual propaganda, the writers attributed Karofsky's previous aggression towards Kurt as the result of his own confused sexuality.
What a load of crap! Gay bashers don't beat up gay guys because they secretly want to sleep with them. They do it because they recognize the perversion, but deal with it inappropriately. In Christian terms, they hate the sin AND the sinner. Their actions are disgusting. One of my theater friends in high school, an amazing dancer and football player, ate his gun because of the pain in his life. I don't know if he was tormented by gay bashers or not, but if he was, I'd sure like to meet those guys in a dark alley sometime, with a lead pipe in my hand. That may not be the correct Christian attitude, but that's how I tend to feel when I think of people like that.
I have known quite a few gay people in my life. If you've ever been involved in theatrical productions, you know that it's a given that a certain percentage of the people you work with will be gay. I've enjoyed their company and admired their talents. I believe that their lifestyle is sinful, but God loves them just as much as He loves me, so how can I not love them?
I am just as great a sinner and sin is sin. No sin is worse than any other, except for denying Christ's saving sacrifice on the Cross. In God's eyes, my sin is just the same as that of any homosexual, thief, adulterer or murderer. The penalty for sin is death and we are all subject to that penalty unless we believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now I'll step down from the pulpit and finish my criticism on a purely secular level.
Preachy TV shows are crap! Glee is the latest example to raise my ire, but the champion of all time has to be the Law & Order franchise. We have watched L&O through all its permutations and have mostly enjoyed what we've seen, but every once in a while the writers get on their soapbox to promote this or that cause and end up creating a load of garbage, a complete snoozefest. You know the ones I'm talking about, the ones where Olivia has a ten minute speech that doesn't advance the plot one iota.
I'm not saying that popular entertainment shouldn't try to enlighten the masses. I'm just saying that it has stay entertaining and move people's hearts at the same time. They have a word for that. It's called art.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
A couple of years ago, a Muslim guy built two houses across the street from us. I've spoken to him a couple of times. He seems like a nice guy. We talked about our families. He has more wives than I do, but basically he and I are very similar. We love our families and want to take care of them. We disagree about God. I think he's wrong and he thinks I'm wrong. I can live with that, and I think he can too. We don't want to blow each other up or anything.
I've also spoken to a Muslim guy that works at a local gas station. He thinks that Liberals are destroying this country and likes Ron Paul, the last true conservative. He seems like a good guy too.