Greenleaf and the Church
By Lisa Marbly-Warir
Ok, so we are about 6 episodes into this new series-Greenleaf. I like the show; it’s pretty predictable so far. For example, the first 2 episodes in, I got the DL vibe of Kevin. Stopping right there-I do wonder how prevalent being DL is in the church. I predict Grace and Noah will end up in a relationship. (Is it me or does he need to wash his face? I don’t like that facial hair on him) then there was that one scandalous scene of Jacob and Alexa. I was like no they didn’t. But has that ever happened in the church? Probably, although the thought never occurred to me until I saw that scene. Jacob is fine by the way. I remember as a girl hearing adult’s talking in hushed tones about, Brother so and so, or sister so and so. For example, there was a scandal about one of the deacons (I believe) at a church I went to as a girl. He would sneak into his job at night to watch porn. Yes pearls were clutched to the heavens back then. It seems like no big deal today in this everything goes world now, but back then in the early-mid 80’s that was an embarrassing scandal.
People have the misconception that Christians are perfect. And yes as Christian’s we are to strive to be perfect, however, when we fall short it is our responsibility to ask God for forgiveness, repent and move on and not do whatever it is again. The problem is there are some Christians who are unapologetically sinful, they know they are doing wrong and don’t care, or think that because they are saved, they don’t have to ask for forgiveness and repent. Being a Christian is a perpetual journey. I can’t speak for anyone else, but when I fall short of what God expects of me, I sure ask for forgiveness and try not to repeat the mistake(s)
Now, let’s get to the real reason I’m writing this. The church-this show is exposing what many of us knew all along of what goes on in church and with church folk. I know some people who are not Christians, will use human weaknesses as a reason as to why they don’t go to church and get up on a high horse and judge and laugh and point and say I knew Christian’s or church goers weren’t perfect. For me it’s a cop-out when people use the excuse of Christians not being perfect to not go to church. I like to stop those people right there. You go to church for your own salvation and to fellowship with other Christians, regardless of where they are in their walk with Christ. For many people who use the excuse “That’s why I don’t go to church…” just say you don’t go to church because you don’t want to go to church. A true Christian knows the weaknesses of humans, but still go to church for their own salvation and because God instructs us to fellowship with one another.
There is a difference, however, between Christians and church-goers, for the most part. Also, church is not a home for perfect people. It is a place for forgiveness, redemption, healing etc etc etc. The unfortunate fact is, people are people, some people have a close enough walk with God to where they can forsake certain sins (no one is sinless by the way) People are the ones that rank sins from bad to worse-sin is sin to God. It will be interesting to see how this show pans out. Will there be a moral to the story? Will the creator(s) of the show, show the characters turning from their human weaknesses and sin and asking God for forgiveness? It’s hard to say at this point, I am often leery of Hollywood’s perception of Christians and Christian people; it is usually viewed through a very narrow-minded, superficial understanding of what a true Christian is. All in all, it is entertainment, and for people who want to be and are Christians, this show won’t deter them, but for people who are teetering on the fence, this show may dissuade them, but it’s a good chance they weren’t going to be a Christian anyway.
My rating for this show out of 5 stars I give it 4.
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