If you haven’t seen this episode of glee then you can read about it here.
From the moment Puck said “true spirituality is about enjoying the life you’ve been given” this was a great episode and I was intrigued to see where it was going.
There are more in depth commentaries on this on web but the reason I am so thankful to glee for this episode is that is shows that people are asking questions about life and truth and God. So often Christian students despair thinking that their friends are not asking these questions and just don’t care. Glee has shown that they are asking just maybe not upfront.
Pretty much every question you could think of was covered. From Sue Sylvester coming out with this on prayer: ”so I prayed harder, and after I while I realised that it wasn’t that I wasn’t praying hard enough, it’s that no-one is listening. Asking someone to believe in a fantasy, however comforting, isn’t a moral thing to do. It’s cruel” to Kurt on being gay: “I think God’s like Santa Claus for adults. Otherwise God’s kinda a jerk isn’t he? I mean, he makes me gay then has his followers going round telling me it’s something I chose, as if someone would choose to be mocked everyday of their lives”.
I think there’s loads to learn from this episode – both in seeing what popular culture assumes about God and Christianity and seeing where they are right! For example, Sue said it’s cruel to ask someone the believe in a fantasy even if it is comforting. That is true – if Christianity is a lie then asking anyone to believe in it is completly cruel. The good news is that we know it isn’t a lie and faith in Jesus does way more than comfort – it gives us an eternal, totally undeserved realtionship with the creator of the universe! Kurt also says early on that he doesn’t go to church because the church don’t think much of gay people. This is awful – but sadly true. So often the media represent the intolerant church who hate gay people. It’s not true. All people are welcome in God’s church. I’m not going to go into argument on homosexuality here as it’s not the place, but the fact that the church is now seen as being so judgemental and not loving those it deems wrong is not what the Bride of Christ should be like. The church should be welcome to all regardless of race, gender, sexuality, criminal convictions, repuatation (note this is not an excuse for sin in anyway but modelling ‘love one another’ and ‘do not judge’). In my experience as a Christian the majority of churches which I have come across are ones that are loving, accepting and welcoming – but seeking to help all people know Jesus and live a life that reflects that. That’s the church we want represented on tv! (also note, this is not to say that church is perfect – I am all well too aware that the church is far from perfect).
But, thank you Glee for bringing this issues up. For being able to have conversations with people about God and spirituality just by asking “did you see Glee last week?”, for encouraging many students that people do care about these issues and for giving me so many talk illustrations (and for making watching glee so much more acceptable with those that normall avoid “trash” tv!)