Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Faith Expressed on TV Program

My wife and I watch more TNT and USA programs than we do NBC, CBS, or ABC. The content of the programming on the three major networks doesn’t appeal to us for the most part. For example, the sitcoms are lame, loaded with sexual innuendo. A number of cable shows seem to have what the others are lacking – imagination and creativity.

One TNT show stands out in particular: “HawthoRNe” starring Jada Pinkett Smith. Not only are the stories interesting but they have taken faith out of the closet. In most network programs any kind of faith in God is either completely lacking, or mocked, ridiculed, and scorned. “HawthoRNe” is a refreshing change to that norm. Several of the characters have openly talked about their faith. In last night’s episode a Jewish cantor openly struggled with her faith in God as a result of the throat cancer that could cause the loss of her beautiful voice which she uses to the glory of God.

We haven’t watched “Memphis Beat” recently, but several of the earlier episodes also contained references to God and faith. I hope that program hasn’t eliminated them in its later episodes.

If the major networks are wondering why their ratings keep slipping, maybe it’s because they are out of touch. The majority of Americans profess some sort of faith in God and are morally upright, but what do the networks continue to do? Put down people of faith and show immoral programming (even in the so-called “family hour”), not to mention a lack of creativity. They look down on the average American and as a result, many people are abandoning them for better quality programming that doesn’t ridicule their values and faith. Way to go TNT and USA!

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