I have to admit I haven’t allowed myself to get sucked into Glee, but my wife is a recent convert. I know it’s a huge show right now, and the songs can definitely be catchy. In many ways the show is pretty “clean,” but what concerns me is the worldview it’s teaching.
A worldview is the basic set of truths by which you interpret the world around you. Sexual liberty is one of the core pieces of the Glee worldview: whether it’s Rachel’s virginity or Kurt’s homosexuality, it’s all good. The idea that we’re all sexual people, and we should all be allowed to express our sexuality however we want to seems to be one of the core principles that the students and teachers live by.
The Bible teaches that we are all sexual people, Glee got that right… but I think that’s a tough one to get wrong. What concerns me is that there’s no boundaries or limitations. In last night’s episode Kurt and Blaine (I think I’m getting their names right, I just had to look it up) kissed, and everyone on Facebook and Twitter seems ecstatic that Kurt had finally woo’d his man-crush, Blaine, and that they kissed. This praiseworthy, really?
Sexuality must have boundaries if we desire to please God and worship Him. As we discuss in youth group, we must have Moral Boundaries. Sexuality is like fire: it can be a great blessing and heat your house, or it can cause much devastation and burn you down. Fire in a fireplace is good; sexuality expressed between a man and woman who are married to each other is beautiful. Fire in your carpet and on your walls is very very bad; sexuality expressed without any boundaries will lead to much hurt, heartache, and long-term damage (especially if you do get married later on).
- Be thoughtful about the shows you watch, and think through the worldview you are being taught.
- If you want to be able to discern the worldview behind your media (tv, movies, music, etc.), you need to be committed to studying Scripture so you know what’s true.
- Discuss this stuff with your friends, with your kids, with whoever else might claim to be a Christian, and see what they think about the different ideas that are behind the shows you watch and music you listen to.