MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Why I Would Never Be On Wife Swap

September 19th, 2012 Viewed 1819 times, 2 so far today

Cherry Blossom Couple HeaderI’m sure that if you haven’t ever watched a show then you’ve at least heard of the concept.  Two couples—usually from wildly different backgrounds—offer to have their wives trade places for the week.  Usually it entails the wife living under the host family’s rules for a day or so, followed by the guest implementing new rules for a day or so, then a big meet up where everyone talks about what they have learned about.

Television and Christianity

June 28th, 2010 Viewed 1594 times

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On a recent episode of Friday Night Lights, there were some elements that bring up an interesting discussion about children, Christianity and television.

Sex and Violence on Television

January 15th, 2010 Viewed 1514 times

Man & Woman 2 It does seem odd, doesn’t it?  Christians seem to tolerate all sorts of violence in their entertainment, but get all squeamish when it comes to sex.  And they’re called hypocrites because of this—I mean, sex is an expression of love, and violence is an expression of hate, right?

I have a theory here—and correct me if I’m wrong.  I think that the difference is what goes on in the mind.  After the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told those that were there that if you looked on a woman to lust after her, it was as if you committed adultery with her, and that if you said “Raca” to your brother, it was as if you killed him.

Many illustrations of sex on television is something that invites our minds to participate at a sexual level with what we see.  Hence why porn is such a profitable market.  However, I don’t see much of the entertainment inciting us to anger or rage—the catalyst for murder.  So is it the case that Christians are more against sexuality in entertainment because of the link and promotion of sin—and regardless of the desensitizing that’s going on in both places—and are less concerned because the violence does not have them participating in it?

Abdicating Responsibility?

November 10th, 2009 Viewed 1423 times

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I have never seen a single episode of “Gossip Girl”, nor do I have any desire to see one.  But I have read that an episode that was scheduled to air November 9, 2009 was to have a tryst between teenagers as a feature, and that people from Parents Television Council were urging local networks to put something in its place for that episode.1

To me, this is the wrong move.

  1. Group Urges CW Stations Not to Air ‘Gossip Girl’ – CNS News []

Provoking To Good Works

October 6th, 2006 Viewed 3708 times, 2 so far today

It is easy to get frustrated with our children when they are not obeying, or when they are missing something that’s right in front of them.  How we respond, however, can make the difference between having a child prone to wrath and having a child with a loving spirit.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged. – Colossians 3:21

I feel that Paul directed this at the dads because I believe we’re the biggest culprits in flying off the handle when children do not do what we say.  I think that we’re used to getting our way, or are less selfless than our wives (who should already be in submission to us (which should give us greater appreciation of where they are!)).

CBS and the Courts

September 24th, 2004 Viewed 1803 times

I have a solution for the whole Dan Rather crisis.  I think that CBS should get a new line at the beginning of 60 Minutes.  “One of these stories is false, can you guess which one?”  Then at the end they could tell you which one.  That way, people could be skeptical, trying to guess which one the whole time.  Maybe they could tie it in with the CBSNews.com website so that you could put in your guess.  If they would make it so you could win CBS gear or something maybe the brand could be healed.

There’s a story in the news about some legislation that is going nowhere, but has a lot of potential.  The legislation is the bill to protect the pledge of allegience from judicial review.  The democrats are screaming that

  1. It’s a moral issue that they have to go on the record about before an election.
  2. That it hurts judicial review which we’ve had for 200 years

I think the second one is more interesting.  If we were to start eroding the court’s power to review legislation (particularly on abortion, homosexuality, Christianity, etc.) then the left could not legislate from the bench.  That would make the court appointees less of an issue, and maybe we could fill the benches back up with judges instead of all of this filibustering.

To clarify, the Democrats are filibustering because of how important those positions are– because we have a judicial system who thinks that we like in an  oligarchy instead of a democratic-republic.  Take away their importance in making these unpopular decisions and voila, the filibuster could disappear too.

The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited

May 12th, 2004 Viewed 1762 times
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The Dick Van Dyke Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having recently received the Dick Van Dyke show season 1 DVD for a gift (which I affectionately call my DVD DVD), I have enjoyed two of the discs worth of tv goodness. Seeing these characters in innocence and clean comedy is incredibly refreshing and humorous in itself. The episode where Rob and Laura are having Ritchie, and Laura calls Rob to say that it’s time to have him and she looks like she just came out of a salon, not having contractions every
five minutes is great.

Then I watched last night’s revisited. Unlike what I hoped, they resorted to what has happened to every classic show they think needs some punching up to fit in with the times. They added Rob swearing, and made a joke out of it– how that he started that after getting cable TV. And they have a couple of mild sexual innuendo jokes.

Though most of the faces were the same, and the clips were great, it felt awkward because of this– like a loss of innocence. Writers try to recapture the magic of these shows, but fail to see what really attracts us to them– a time where we didn’t have to swear to find something funny, or joke about sex to keep people interested. Writing was creative and original, and the characters we found called us to be higher and more noble.

I think I’ll stick with my DVD DVDs.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.