What a GCB Should Do in Light of GCB

(I’m on a sweet vacation with my bride, Melissa! So I’ve asked a couple of my peeps to guest post for me. Today is my good friend, Jason Hess. He’s the pastor at Southway Community Church in Houston, TX. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, and his blog.)

I first heard about a new TV series that was set to premiere on ABC called GCB about a month ago.  Then, I began to see ads for this show and, like I had anticipated, it painted Christians in a less-than-favorable light.

In fact, the show’s title and premise is based off of a fictional-yet-based-on-real-life book also entitled “GCB.”  The author of the book based her account on real life encounters, if not real-live stereotypes, she had while living in a large Texas city (Dallas).

Now the title cannot be explained fully well here…because this is a Christian blog.  But let’s just say that ABC decided to change the name from GCB (Good Christian B—–s) to Good Christian….Belles.  The premise of the show is to largely lampoon a stereotype of Christians in the big city.  While on the outside the majority of the characters have the veneer of being nice and professing belief in God, their actions are nothing of the sort.

Why talk about this show? Because we can have two reactions to it.

1. We can (understandably) get mad and protest, saying things like “that’s not true of us.  They don’t know us.  How can people make a show about us and not get to know us?”  And to be fair, all of those things are true.  I watched the first 10 minutes of the show last week and was repulsed by the actions of the “Good Christians” as the show portrayed them.  But here’s the problem–one that we need to overcome as we seek to bring good news of Jesus to a world who needs Him–not “Good Christians.”

2. Let’s be on the advance and live out our faith in life-giving, affirming ways that show the greatness of God, not the vastness of our own hypocrisy.  Let’s be known more for who we are for, rather than what we are against.  Let’s make sure more and more that our lip service and our lifestyles are matching one another rather than contradicting one another.  And for those who would ask what we think of stuff like “GCB?”

Peter tells us:

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16  having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.  1 Peter 3:13-17 ESV

May God bless those involved with GCB to interact and encounter GCB/S:  Good Christian Brothers and Sisters.

Question: What is your usual reaction to shows like Good Christian Belles? What do you think about 1 Peter 3:13-17?

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