I'm not sure if anyone reading this is a Glee fan or not. As a former show choir member, I can't not watch it. My choir was always the smallest, always the underdog. We competed against crazy best-of-the-county kind of choirs and made sure we did stuff the crowds would love since we couldn't compete for anything but the audience favorite. We wore sparkled dresses and had a lot of fun. It's one of my favorite things about high school. So I watch Glee.
The episode this week was really interesting. It was called "Grilled Cheesus" and explored aspects of faith. The show has a variety of characters of different backgroundsJewish characters, Christian characters, a gay characterso as soon as I saw the opening with an impression of Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich, I had one thought:
This is not going to be good.
I don't know why I was dreading it. It always seems like shows that embrace everyone tend to embrace everyone but Christians. They're the uptight characters that no one likes and who don't act like Christians at all (à la Angela from The Office).
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.
The show talked about actual issues of faith: prayer, showing love to others in times of need. And most of it centered around the gay character, Kurt, and his lack of belief in God. His father had a heart attack and his friends rallied around him in faith and love, but he didn't want to talk about God and didn't want their prayers.
I was so grateful when his Christian friend, Mercedes, not only wouldn't stop praying and wouldn't stop encouraging him, but she also invited him to her church so they could pray for his family.
As Christians, that is how we should respond to people who need God. We shouldn't give up on them or back away from people who don't see eye to eye with us. That's exactly when we show them God's love and meet their needs in his name.
While there were some things in the show that made me uncomfortable (like Finn praying to his "grilled cheesus" so he could touch his girlfriend's ta-tas—though he is a teenage boy, after all) I thought it gave genuine perspectives on faith and diversity without being backhanded or cruel to anyone. I was glad to see that, for once, a show that gives a voice to everyone really gave a voice to everyone.
If you haven't seen it, check it out here: