Monday, February 06, 2006

NBC to 'mock' Christ's death

I have heard serveral times now about the upcoming Will and Grace episode where Britney Spears will host a cooking show called "Cruci-fixin's." This show is supposed to air the night before Good Friday.
Christians are outraged and are calling and writing NBC demanding that the show not to be aired.

I do not want the show to be aired. When people laugh at Christianity it makes them less likely to take it seriously. However, why are we not outraged that Christ's death is mocked in our own churches and in our own hearts? 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, "the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

The world will mock the crucifixion. The problem is that I mock the crucifixion. I mock it when I turn to my own works and character to win God's approval. I mock His death when I refuse to accept it as sufficient for my every need.

Which will be more effective in the long run: E-mailing the NBC commissioner expressing our displeasure or weeping that Christ is dishonored in the media and in our hearts?

My opinion: There is not enough weeping and brokenness in our protests today.


justin said...

I just got word that the Beaumont NBC station will not be airing this episode of Will and Grace.

Sarah said...

LOL! I just forwarded you one of those emails! I wasnt really sure about the whole protesting thing. I just dont really think it will make that big of a difference. I think the world will continue to mock Christ! The reason the world doesn't mock the other religions is because they are not real. Christ is very real. Christ is very offensive!

At first I was thinking that churches mock Christ! There are so many churches who do not even preach the gospel! Turn on TBN! But I like the point you made about us mocking him with our lives and in our hearts! If we are to get passionate about Christs name not being mocked- we should take a good look at ourselves first!

chase said...

I read last night that the scene discussed has been removed from the episode.

Dutch said...

NBC Backs Off Britney's 'Grace' Story
LOS ANGELES ( Britney Spears will still be guest-starring on "Will & Grace" in the spring. But the stuff NBC said this week about her being Jack's new evangelical sidekick? Never mind.
The network has backed away from the plot details of Spears' episode, which is scheduled to air Thursday, April 13. That could be because the episode has yet to be written. The fact that the description of her character -- a chipper Christian who wants to add a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's" to Jack's (Sean Hayes) talk show -- outraged conservative activists might have had something to do with it too.

Following the Tuesday (Jan. 31) announcement of Spears' guest spot on "Will & Grace," which is ending its eight-season run in May, the American Family Association registered its distress at the episode, which it said "mocks the crucifixion of Christ." The group also noted that the episode was scheduled to air the day before Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified.

In the press release disclosing Spears' appearance -- which is no longer on NBC's media site -- the network described the episode like this: "[W]hen Out TV is bought by a Christian television network, Spears is brought on to be Jack's new religious co-host -- until Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack loosen her up. Spears brings her own additions to the talk show when she decides to do a cooking segment called 'Cruci-fixin's.'"

Friday, the network issued this statement: "Some erroneous information was mistakenly included in a press release describing an upcoming episode of 'Will & Grace,' which in fact has yet to be written. The reference to 'Cruci-fixin's' won't be in the show, and the storyline will not contain a Christian characterization at all. We value our viewers and sincerely regret if this information has offended them."

The news comes on the heels of the AFA and other groups taken credit for the early end to another NBC series, "The Book of Daniel," which they said was offensive to Christians. NBC says the decision to cancel the show, about an Episcopal priest (Aidan Quinn) with a gay son, a possibly alcoholic wife and a prescription-drug problem, was based on declining ratings.

The unaired episodes of "Daniel" are available as streaming video on NBC's web site.