I stopped watching telenovelas years ago mainly because I hated all the twists, turns and their portrayal of love. I do not like to watch any series for that matter because they are long, play with ones’ emotions and portrayed lies as real life. I read an interview with Taraji Henson of ‘The Empire” fame and I decided to have a look at the empire series and find out what has made this particular American Series so popular.
Of course, the series is filled with so many nice things including nice clothes, music, very handsome and beautiful people but I still take my stance that telenovelas and series for that matter, Empire are simply not the thing for me. I know they are just acting for the money and may not exhibit these characters in real life but a lot of things ran through my mind as I sat to watch the 12 episodes of this series.
My observations while watching the series include-
- The actors and actresses did not teach the character of Christ – The fruit of the Spirit which is the character of Christ that believers are supposed to portray include love, joy, peace, long-suffering, patience, kindness, meekness, faithfulness and self-control and that is according to Galatians 22 but what do we see in these series? People scrambling for a share of rich man’s “empire” and nothing could stop them. They did not mind killing each other just to have a share in the riches and not forgetting the owner of the Empire himself who stopped at nothing including hurting his family to get rich. No wonder the Bible says it will be much easier for a donkey to enter into the eye of a needle than for rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God – Matthew 19:24
- It is filled with sexual perversity – The Bible, especially in the New Testament mentioned severally that believers should abstain from sexual immorality (Acts 15:20, 1 Corinthians 5) but these series had a very nice way of justifying sexual immorality. What did we see? Family members lying with one another, friends having fun with sex as if sex was like having a drink and the homosexuals in empire – I had a discussion with a friend who drew my attention to the fact that, the empire series had really packaged homosexuality in a very nice way which will make it acceptable even for believers. How? Because the gay in the series were handsome, patient, very loving and talented and it was so easy to accept them and their ways but the Bible made us understand in 1 Corinthians 6:9, that homosexuals among other people will not enter into the Kingdom of God.
- They swore and blasphemed – There were scenes in the series where the lead actor likened himself to Jesus for coming back to life, as God for he had to be immortalised but the Bible also mentions that blasphemy was one of the evils that came from within a man which had the high risk of defiling him. Mark 7:22
Have you watched any of these series? What are your views? Are there series or movies that are helpful for believers? Share them with us!