Am I What I Watch on TV?

While on vacation recently, my brother asked me what TV shows I like.  MyPiper and Larry reunite under Thompson's watch responses, he said, seemed to indicate that I am  inordinately interested in:

  • Lesbians in prison
  • Murder
  • Adultery
  • Wealthy British people

So much for that favorite Bible verse from Philippians :

 . . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Actually, Paul wrote those words from prison in Rome, so things were not all that rosy for him at the time.  I believe that his point was not to avoid the world’s ugliness, but to be resilient and faithful even when swimming in it.

One of the Big Issues of Christianity seems to be how we  – as individual followers of Jesus – deal with the world’s ugliness.

  • Do we strive to separate ourselves from all that is unmanicured and stomach-turning and dirty?
  • Do we send money from afar to the world’s dark places as part of our spiritual practice to help bring healing and hope?
  • Do we Go There to stand alongside those whose lives are crazy/overwhelming/excruciating/broken?
  • Do we watch Orange is the New Black and live vicariously through Piper Chapman?

Being “missional” means that we do more than wish “those people” knew Jesus.  It’s more than sending our checks to Church World Service and never thinking about the world’s needs again – until next year.

Being “missional” means Being Like Jesus:  Going there.  Standing side-by-side.  Taking a brother or sisters’s misery as our own.  Being indistinguishable from The Other/The Needy/ The Poor.

Honestly . . .

  1. Everybody should be watching Orange is the New Black.
  2. This show captures power issues more than any other I’ve ever seen.
  3. It might just move me (and you) to do more than watch.  I’m talking about noticing.  Noticing the faces.

So, what are your Must See TV shows?  And what impact do they have on your life?

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3 responses to “Am I What I Watch on TV?

  1. The Bridge. Set on the border of Juarez and El Paso, it is teaching me in a fresh way about cross cultural differences in viewing the immigration “issue” and pressing the “bridge” metaphor in new ways.

    Justified. Set deep in Harlan county Kentucky, one can sense the palpable sorrow of structural poverty and the consequences of addiction. Actually had to stop watching it because the graphic violence was just too much.

    The Fall. British mystery/crime drama. An “ordinary” family counselor with a family is a serial killer on the side. Probes the shadow side of human life with unusual and very scary depth. Getting inside a serial killer as “guy next door” is quite a pastoral challenge.

  2. Justified. (Boyd Crowder’s character and faith fascinates me)

    Newsroom.(does for me what West Wing did)

    House of Cards (what does it say about me that I want Underwood’s ringtone on my phone?)

    BBC Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch. Can. Not. Get. Enough.)

  3. Completely obsessed with OITNB these days.

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