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I hope I have not caused terrible offense by using the “B” word. But it was the original name of the show and the books. Controversy led to the name being changed to Good Christian Belles or GCB for short. Someone (you know who you are!) kept bugging me to watch this program and give my opinion. I don’t have traditional TV, but ABC has it available online so tonight I watched 2 episodes.

This post is partly prompted by the “someone”, but also by a post I read on a well-known Christian women’s blog. The author was greatly offended and outraged by this TV show! But her response did not resonate with me, and left me feeling…well…that a little more humility and a little less outrage was in order.

A little personal background…I watch very little TV. We got rid of our TV back in 1997. Yes, there has not been TV in our home since then! But with networks making some shows available online I do watch an occasional TV show now. Why did we get rid of TV? That would be another post. However, please know we are not “legalists” but simply prefer to do other things with our free time! (My point is…I don’t think I’m “desensitized” by trashy TV.)

So…I watched 2 episodes of GCB. It is senseless, silly drivel – like many sitcoms are! I won’t continue to watch this show regularly – not because I was horribly offended – but because I’d consider it a waste of my time. But…you know what…it was funny! I laughed. It takes Christian stereotypes and caricatures and runs with them. It is over the top. It is also set in affluent Dallas, Texas which should explain a lot. Stereotypes do have some truth, or the stereotype would not exist. Right?

Christians superficial?

Christians hypocritical?

Church as a social club?

Let’s face it…the American church is often guilty of these things! Especially in the Bible Belt, church can be nothing more than a social club or cultural tradition for too many people. I know a number of former believers, and although their stories differ…many were turned off by superficiality and rank hypocrisy.

The mere fact that a show like GCB exists, should give Christians some pause. Shouldn’t it? Perhaps instead of being offended by a show like GCB, we should direct our concern towards the very real superficiality and hypocrisy that does exist in too many of our churches. What can we do to disciple people in the faith and develop genuine followers of the Savior?

Or perhaps instead of being offended, we should be grieved that our culture so often views Christians in such a way.  Maybe some serious introspection is in order. Perhaps a little more humility is needed, and a little more honesty about our shortcomings.

Think of all the scandals that have rocked the evangelical church! I find that Christians are too often: easily offended…and on the offense. Yes, there is a time and place for righteous anger. But righteous anger is different than what I am referring to. I just see too many Christians in battle mode…and ready to pounce. – Is this how we should be known?

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Maybe I am off base in this post, and I’m always open to other opinions. I did only watch 2 episodes, and perhaps other episodes are more overtly offensive than the 2 episodes I viewed.

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