Imagine a show about a Caucasian American family who move into a 99% Arab-Muslim community in Michigan. Instead of meeting warm and welcoming neighbors, the Muslim families on their block spend their time working on potential terrorist attacks, teaching their children how to strap on explosives and discussing how evil America is and its need for destruction. Osama Bin Laden pictures adorn the walls in many homes. The Arab Muslim women hold “Hamas Bake Sales” to fund overseas terror. When the husband of the new family on the block is out in the front yard mowing his lawn, his Muslim neighbor, wearing full traditional garb, waves and says “great day for some yard work, my infidel friend. Hope that thing doesn’t blow up on you!” Does this show seem offensive? Would a show like this ever have a chance of making it on television? Well if you switch the religion to Christian and keep the concept the same you have ABC’s new show “GCB”, one of the most over the top offensive, blasphemous and utterly ridiculous anti-Christian shows on TV this season.
The show (based on the novel “Good Christian B—-“) is centered on the character Amanda, a former “mean girl” who returns to the predominately Christian town of her youth. GCB is filled with the most blatant and horrible stereotypes of Christians imaginable. The three women who were teenage rivals of Amanda, who are supposedly devout church-going Christians, are walking hypocrisy. The Christian women gossip non-stop, spend their immense wealth on over-the top luxury items and plot endlessly against any woman who is not in their clique. Scriptures are quoted only as a means to make veiled threats. Church offerings are given to win influence in the church and for bragging rights. Wives cheat on their husbands. Their husbands are really closeted gays. Pastors steal materials from each other’s churches in competition for members. The children have no respect for their parents. But yet everyone gives the veneer in public of being devout Christians.
GCB — Blatant Blasphemy Against Jesus Christ
“The church is the center,” Harling said. “Church is sacred. There are rules. You have to be respectful of those rules and the joy of it watching these people try to function within these rules. The goal is to watch these people try to be good. What we emphasize is that we will never ever look at this in any other way than the most respectful as possible. We will never ever be disrespectful.” — GCB Executive Producer Robert Harling (source).
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines blasphemy as: An indignity offered to God in words, writing, or signs; impiously irreverent words or signs addressed to, or used in reference to, God; speaking evil of God; also, the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity.
Despite the producers statements to the contrary, GCB is a prototype for Christian blasphemy as it is irreverent to God, Jesus and the Bible. The show’s website features its own version of the “10 Commandments” with slogans like: “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s husband…unless he’s really hot.”, “Remember the spa day and keep it holy,” and other mockeries of scripture which add to the cartoonish stereotypes of this show of Christian women being super-materialistic, adulterous, scheming vixens. And the stereotype that Christians in general are phonies who do not care about their faith in the least bit and just use church for their own personal gain.
In an episode entitled “Sex is Divine”, Pastor Ford goes to a Hooters-style restaurant where the waitresses were tight tops and short shorts, to have a beer. The Bible says: “A [pastor] then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;” (1 Timothy 3:2-3). Pastor Ford then ends up hiring Amanda, who was working there, to be his main assistant at church.
The church, where all the characters gather every Sunday, is just another platform to show how evil the Christian women are. Prayer time is used to take personal shots at people. Pastors encourage couples, both married and unmarried, to have more sex (and the unmarried Amanda uses the sermon as a justification for her fornication later in the episode). There is no reverence for God, Jesus and absolutely no mention of the Gospel. In fact, the most “moral” character on the show is Amanda, the star and reformed “mean girl” who is really not into Christianity at all. This show is blasphemous and offensive to the core.
The Bible’s Standard – The Virtuous Woman
The Bible is very clear in outlining what are the characteristics of a Godly woman. Proverbs 31 in particular goes into length to explain what God sees as good qualities in a Christian woman:
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. – Proverbs 31:10-12
Christian woman first and foremost seek virtue. They are not out to cheat on their husbands and are trustworthy. Thus they do not need to be “bought off” with expensive luxury items. Contrary to what GCB portrays of course, where women are completely consumed with the lusts of the flesh and worldliness.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her..Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Wisdom in the Bible comes from knowing God’s Word and following it. Christian woman are to be God-fearing. They should be honest, humble and compassionate towards others. They are also supposed to take care of their homes and not use the home as a place to show off their wealth and entertain men for adultery. Notice that she speaks the “law of kindness.” Christian women who obey God are taught to be kind and compassionate in their speech, not backbiters and ripping into each other (something television today features women doing on an hourly basis). A Christian woman receives praise from her family and values that over showing off to the neighborhood. GCB shows Christian women as self-absorbed egomaniacs who are not remotely concerned with their families beyond their appearances.
Proverbs 31 continues to list the qualities of Christian women as being able to work to support her family, smart with money, providing for her loved ones, facing life and death with courage and above all being holy. Living a life that strives for Biblical purity and lifestyle. Finally, the Bible outlines a straightforward way for all born again Christians to know what follows in life once you believe in Jesus Christ with a new spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance..” (Galatians 5:22-23) This is what the Christian spirit is all about. While this does not mean that every Christian woman is perfect, the Christian life is about removing the sins and obstacles to become the person the God wants us to be. It is a process that God leads us through. GCB does not make any representation of what a Bible-believing woman would act like and goes out of its way to portray the exact opposite.
GCB’s Mocking of the Christian Faith
In a recent episode centered around a church play that was supposed to be about the miracles of Jesus, one of the women bribes her way into a role. Carlene, Amanda’s chief rival, chosen to play the lead role as the Holy Spirit, wears a tight corset-style outfit with a plunging neckline. And one of the gay husbands puts a disco-type song and dance performance in a shiny, skimpy silver toga. When the show is finally performed, the scantily clad Holy Spirit and Jesus are seen on the side of the stage toasting wine goblets while the casts dances to the Dixie Chicks. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate miracle in the Bible. It represents Christ defeating death and thus making it possible for all people to have eternal life by believing in Him. This show not only goes nowhere near mentioning that, it mocks Jesus and blaspheme the Holy Spirit by portraying it as a scantily clad-woman.
As stated in the opening paragraph if show was made about Muslims with this many blatantly offensive stereotypes, it would never make it to air (and as we covered earlier when the show South Park, which has ridiculed Christianity to no end, made one joke about the Muslim prophet Muhhamed, it was immediately censored). But GCB gets a major marketing campaign and a prime time Sunday slot. Alan Poul, the director and one of the executive producers of GCB told a crowd at a gay rally that homosexual images on television and in the media were “a life line” he wanted to “protect forever.” So there is no Christian support behind the scenes of the show either.
All of this blasphemy is aimed at making society more comfortable with disrespecting Christianity. Whether it is in music, movies or television, Hollywood has become brazen and flagrant in attacking Christianity over every other religion on Earth. Jesus predicted this would take place when He said:
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.” (John 15:18-19)
The world hated Jesus because He exposed the sin of the world. And people do not want to hear about their sin. Satan, who wants to bring as many people to Hell with him as possible, knows that in order to keep people away from God, those who would promote the Bible need to be shunned, ridiculed and not taken seriously. Hollywood has been working on this for decades and GCB is proof that openly mocking every aspect of Christianity is now acceptable.
One Million Moms, a pro-family, Christian organization has organized a boycott of this show, that has resulted in several major sponsors, including Reebok, TurboTax, Old Navy, Olive Garden, Macy’s, and McDonald pulling their ads. There is a “Just Say No to CGB” Facebook Page as well. But Christians can also pray for this show to be taken off the air. The latest reports say it is on the bubble with respect to being cancelled. One wonders with so many Christian pastors on TV, why none of them are speaking out about such an offense to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But Christians who believe the Bible, should take heart and stand on the Word of the Lord: ” And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11). Now more than ever Bible-believing Christians need to stand for God and His righteousness even if others will not. Discussing this show with others can serve as a platform to properly inform people that Christianity is about love, forgiveness and true peace with God through Jesus Christ. And a willingness to not be ashamed but stand up for what we believe, even when society is disrespecting our faith. The entertainment is swiftly drawing a line in the sand. Shows are becoming so blasphemous, occultic and satanic that as a Christian there is no room to support them and worship God at the same time. Make sure you are on the right side.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” ( Galatians 6:7-8)