Jack Wilkie has written before on this site, but will now become a regular contributor with a weekly post concerning cultural matters. You can read more of Jack’s writing at his personal blog (click here).
Over the last year, Fox’s show Glee has become a cultural phenomenon. Not only has it taken over the television, but it has also dominated America’s iPods through its musical releases. The show’s die-hard fans (“Gleeks”) come out in full force on Facebook and Twitter every Tuesday night. Everybody is talking about Glee, but at the same time, nobody is talking about the show’s dark side.
Glee has already aired some very controversial episodes, including one entitled “Grilled Cheesus.” In that particular episode, one of the characters has a grilled cheese with an image of Jesus burned into it. He prays to it, calls it his “cheesy lord,” and decides that the sandwich has given him a direct line to God when his (immoral) prayers are answered. Atheistic quotes abound – “Asking someone to believe in a fantasy, however comforting, isn’t a moral thing to do. It’s cruel.” God is “like Santa Claus for adults.” God is an “evil dwarf” and a “great spaghetti monster in the sky.” In addition to the atheism, many Glee episodes have addressed homosexuality. One of the characters has come out of the closet and developed a crush on a few of the other male characters. Any show that is willing to go so far to develop homosexual themes can’t be trusted to present heterosexual relationships in a positive light either. I don’t watch the show, but I would say it’s a pretty safe bet that every single episode will put some kind of non-Christian theme or idea on your television.
Despite all of this, the ratings haven’t suffered. Many Christians continue to watch the show. The atheistic attitudes depicted on Glee are more than enough to make any Christian change the channel, and that’s not even including the immoral themes. As I looked up reviews on the show, I found a youth ministry blog where one commenter gave three reasons why it’s ok for Christians to watch Glee – 1) You’ll love the music. 2) It opens the door for discussion on some topics. 3) Sue Sylvester (a teacher on the show) is hilarious. I’m sorry, but good music and funny quotes don’t justify watching sin and disrespect to God. As for the other reason, we don’t need to observe sin to have discussions about it. Good parents will do that through the Bible, not the TV. Bottom line, what conclusion should we draw about Glee? Christians CAN NOT watch Glee. Any show that goes out of its way to disrespect God and glorify sin should not be on your television. Turn it off.