What are television shows teaching us?

Last night while watching one of my mindless comic superhero shows, “Supergirl”, I realized how I’m being taught progressive ideas are okay even though they are contradictory to my Christian beliefs. It is amazing to me how a seemingly harmless show about Superman’s cousin can be so dangerous for my christian values, but as I stepped back to think about past episodes I see the progressive messaging everywhere. Traditional families with a dad, mom, and children are not represented, relationships are self-satisfying and open, climate change destroying the world and human’s fault, government needs to control people to limit the crime, etc.  Does any of it add to the show? Is any of it necessary? No!

The episode that caught my attention last night and had me ready to turn it off was when Supergirl’s earthly sister decided she had romantic feelings for another woman character.  She was then told to “come out” to her sister Supergirl about it. It’s not that I am against homosexuality being represented in a show, it was the message along with it. Homosexuality has been in culture throughout history, it is nothing new. We read about it in the Bible in Sodom and Gomorrah, it existed in ancient Greek and Roman cultures, and again it is prevalent during the Renaissance in Europe. What the show was telling me about homosexuality is it was the biggest most important decision in her life. Bigger than her illustrious career climbing to the top of a secret government organization, bigger than her decision to go to college, or even accept being a sister to an alien that got dropped off in her home. I also learned that everyone in culture should just accept this new decision, rather than support her in fighting the unnatural desires.

The Bible teaches us homosexuality is a sin, not an unforgivable sin for which there is no forgiveness, but a forgivable sin weighted the same as lying to your parents, gossiping, cursing, murder, marriage infidelity, stealing, etc. We also learn in the Bible that sin is a product of the fall of man. It is apart of our human nature now that we have fallen from perfect harmony with God. We all struggle with different sins in our life and it is our duty as fellow Christians to support one another in resisting the temptation to give into sin. Paul reminds us in his first letter to the Corinthians, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
(1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

Look for that way of escape, look for that support person, remain strong in the Lord, fear no evil, for Jesus Christ the Good Shepard is with you, protecting you with his rod and guiding you with his staff, let that comfort you. (Psalms 23:4 ESV)

Stay aware of what you watch and hear, continually testing it against the Word of God which we know is inerrant and useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16