The NBC station here in Nashville announced it will no longer air “The Book of Daniel”. I’m sure they’re like all of the other NBC stations around the country and have been swamped with phone calls from angry people.
But now they’ve gone and ticked off the other folks.
I talked with a couple of ministers today about “The Book of Daniel” and the decision by WSMV to pull it from the lineup. Both ministers are level headed, highly educated and rational men. One is a Baptist pastor, the other is an Episcopal priest. They had different views on whether the show should air.
The Baptist pastor watched the show last week, was disappointed in the way it portryed Christians and actually wrote the local station a letter asking that they take it off the air. The Episcopal pastor didn’t see the show but heard what it’s about. He stopped short of saying they should take it off the air, but focused more on how response to the show is shaping people’s opinions of Christians.
Christianity has an image problem. It’s there not so much because of what the media has done, but how Christians and those proclaiming to be Christians have been behaving.
Quick list here: Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Jim Bakker, Oral Roberts, Tammy Faye Bakker. These are some of the most recognizable folks in Christianity. Last week, a Southern Baptist pastor who’s railed against homosexuality and the slip in morality in America was arrested for propositioning a prostitute.
Now is this a good example of Christianity? Nope. In the same way that all of those pro football players who get into big trouble isn’t a good example of the entire league. Difference: Public relations departments.
I’m working on a series about the image of Christianity. What people think of Christians. What Christians think of themselves. Falls right into the discussion about Pat Robertson’s comments and “The Book of Daniel.”
I look forward to your thoughts on this. Hopefully, I’ll get the blog up next week.